As light can exist as both a particle and a wave, an abortion provider can honor birth and fight for a person’s right to give birth when it’s right for them
By Cara C. Heuser, Scientific American
March 21, 2022
The ways people conceptualize and discuss abortion will become more important in coming years. The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health could overturn 50 years of national precedent establishing abortion as a fundamental right of individuals prior to fetal viability.
If the question is returned to the state level, as many people expect, more than half of U.S. states have processes in place designed to swiftly ban abortion. Texas SB 8 serves as an example of how far lawmakers will go. This law is designed to circumvent the current legal challenges to abortion restrictions by giving citizens the power of enforcement—a legal loophole confirmed last week by the Texas Supreme Court—and bans abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy, allowing exceptions only for the poorly defined “medical emergency.”