The grassroots movement against abortion rights : Throughline The Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade transformed the landscape of abortion rights overnight. For the doctors, lawyers, feminists, and others who had fought for nationwide legalization, Roe was the end of a long battle. But for the growing movement against abortion rights, it was the beginning of a new battle: to protect the fetus, challenge abortion providers, and ultimately overturn Roe. This is the story of how opponents of abortion rights banded together, built power, and launched one of the most successful grassroots campaigns of the past century.

After Roe: A New Battlefield

After Roe: A New Battlefield

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Opponents of abortion rights parade past the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992. Marcy Nighswander/AP hide caption

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Opponents of abortion rights parade past the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992.

Marcy Nighswander/AP

The Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade transformed the landscape of abortion rights overnight. For the doctors, lawyers, feminists, and others who had fought for nationwide legalization, Roe was the end of a long battle. But for the growing movement against abortion rights, it was the beginning of a new battle: to protect the fetus, challenge abortion providers, and ultimately overturn Roe. This is the story of how opponents of abortion rights banded together, built power, and launched one of the most successful grassroots campaigns of the past century.


If you'd like to read more about the movement against abortion:

Women against Abortion: Inside the Largest Moral Reform Movement of the Twentieth Century by Karissa Haugeberg

Tiny You: A Western History of the Anti-Abortion Movement by Jennifer Holland

Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America by Carole Joffe