With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization looming, the popular New York Magazine has turned its latest issue into a “state-by-state handbook” for people wanting abortions.
The high court is expected to rule in favor of a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks, according to a leaked draft opinion written in February by Justice Samuel Alito. The ruling could effectively reverse the precedent established in 1973 by Roe v. Wade, which granted nationwide legal cover to abortion.
The justices are expected to release their official ruling any day now. Once it is handed down, abortion will become a states’ rights issue, hence the magazine’s cover story, which makes one thing resoundingly clear: The media is not objective.
“As the nation grapples with the consequences of Roe v. Wade’s likely demise, the May 23 – June 5 issue of New York Magazine features a practical guide, reported by Camille Squires and introduced by Irin Carmon, to the abortion clinics in each state, how to reach them, and the services they offer — plus a guide in eight parts of where to seek services if abortion is banned, or further restricted, in your state,” reads a statement from the magazine.
Lindsay Peoples, editor-in-chief of The Cut, a website owned by New York Magazine, said the outlet printed its “first guide” to “find abortion services” in 1972, one year before the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade.
“I’m incredibly proud of The Cut team for introducing this exhaustively researched guide as both a print and digital endeavor,” she said. “My goal for The Cut is always to be a resource for what women need, and we are committed to making this guide available for free for all who need them.”
The online version of the story — available from The Cut — gives women seeking abortions a place to “search by zip code for professional providers, including clinics, hospitals, and independent OB/GYNs, as well as abortion funds, transportation options, and information for remote resources like receiving the abortion pill by mail.”
This resource highlights just how important it is for pro-life advocates to turn their focus toward states in the days ahead, as they will become the new battlegrounds in the fight to protect unborn lives.
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Pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, recently forecasted things will get “exponentially worse” before improving on the abortion front.
By that, Johnson meant there will be many states whose lawmakers work diligently to “codify Roe” into law, ensuring “abortion is available through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason,” while legislators and governors in more conservative states will approve laws severely restricting access to abortion.
With state laws so diametrically opposed, Johnson warned the cultural climate will become increasingly polemic.
“This is just going to get more heated, more divisive,” she explained. “If anything is worth battling over, if anything is worth fighting over … if there’s anything worth just taking it to a ground battle, it’s this — it’s the killing of our most innocent human beings in the womb. This is it.”
If the latest issue of New York Magazine is any indication, there’s no doubt Johnson is right: the debate will become even more vitriolic in the days to come.
Please be in prayer for the justices on the Supreme Court and for lawmakers around the country. Pray God would imbue them with the courage they need to do the right thing and the wisdom and moral fortitude to protect the most vulnerable among us, the unborn.
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