What are the prospects of abortion in a Trump era?
Written by Program Coordinator, Samantha Andrews
I attended to this Carole Joffe presentation today. Carole is an activist who has been writing and publishing research about abortion providers for the past 40 years.
The new administration has many reproductive health professionals asking “What happens if Roe vs. Wade falls?” And attempting to predict the future of those seeking abortion care. We don’t believe there is a high chance of this happening, but then again, there are a lot of things that have happened that we didn’t actually think would be possible. And it’s good to be prepared for the worst, right?
Carole believes that if Roe is overturned, we would revert back to state laws that either allow access to abortion care or restrict it. Carole is pretty certain we would experience a lot more criminalization of women seeking abortion care and criminalization of those assisting people trying to access that care. She believes that the innovation of medication abortion means there would be fewer instances of harm or death due to self-induced abortions compared to the pre-Roe era. This means that the states that still allowed the use of medication abortion would be destinations that women would travel to in order to access care. This part doesn’t seem too far off from what is already happening in many states. If all states made medication abortion illegal, women would have to access it internationally or on the black market.
I was reminded of a quote from The Handmaid’s Tale. “Better never means better for everyone. It always means worse for some.” Trump promised to make America great again, but we know that doesn’t mean great for everyone.