As expected, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade today. See below for information about vigils in New Orleans and Baton Rouge today.
The reversal of Roe means that legal abortion is inaccessible in many states (Louisiana included), but still accessible in others. Check out this resource for more details. Thus. people with economic privilege will still be able to access abortion, but people without economic privilege, who are disproportionately of color, will be forced to carry pregnancies to term or resort to extra-legal means of ending a pregnancy. Some of these extra-legal means are relatively safe, while others are more dangerous, but all of them will come with a risk of potential criminalization. See this resource for more info on how to manage digital privacy when considering pregnancy options.
Others will be forced to carry a pregnancy to term. This book details the negative consequences of forcing people to carry pregnancies to term that they would have chosen to terminate. These consequences have ramifications for entire communities.
This book provides advice on how to navigate a post-Roe United States.
Tulane's faculty have been hard at work sharing their expertise about the implications of the SCOTUS decision. See examples here, here, and here.
Repro activists and advocates have seen the overturning Roe coming for a long time. In our next scheduled issue, we will provide advice, information, and opportunities to get involved with their work. For now, you can follow and support these local organizations to help Louisianans secure their bodily autonomy:
Newcomb’s reproductive rights/health/justice-related activities are supported by the Donna and Richard Esteves Fund for Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health, the Bonnie and William Chapman Fund for Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health, and the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation. Read about what our Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Interns are up to!