Understanding Reproductive Care And Civil Rights In Post-Roe America : 1A Protests erupted Friday in the nation's capital and continued across the country over the weekend due to the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe vs. Wade.

The landmark decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization ended a 50-year constitutional right to an abortion.

Many states were ready for this decision.

So-called trigger laws are in effect in 13 states across the country, effectively making all abortions illegal in the event of the Supreme Court decision against Roe.

We explore the impact the decision is having on reproductive health care and take a look at what rights could be targeted next.

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Understanding Reproductive Care And Civil Rights In Post-Roe America

Understanding Reproductive Care And Civil Rights In Post-Roe America

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Protests erupted Friday in the nation's capital and continued across the country over the weekend due to the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe vs. Wade.

The landmark decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization ended a 50-year constitutional right to an abortion.

From The New York Times:

"I'm joyful, I feel inspired and I just want to be loving today and show people love 'cause I care about everybody here," said Elizabeth Harris from Asheville North Carolina. She works for a crisis pregnancy center and was at the Supreme Court.

"There's no way around this patriarchy, besides being in the streets and nonviolent action," says Koyuki (KOH-you-KEE) Chen from Philadelphia. "We know that this can happen because in Latin America, women won this right to abortion in Catholic countries telling their story of what it was like to live in a country where abortion is illegal, and they marched in these streets." 

Many states were ready for this decision. So-called trigger laws are in effect in 13 states across the country, effectively making all abortions illegal in the event of a Supreme Court decision against Roe. Missouri was the first state in the country to outlaw abortion, followed by Louisiana and South Dakota.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on Saturday to block Utah's abortion ban.

What impact is the overturn of Roe vs. Wade having on reproductive health care? What rights could be targeted next?

Mary Ziegler, Sarah McCammon, Dr. Erin King, and Dr. Donna Harrison join us for the conversation.

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