The state fighting to dismantle abortion rights has a long history of permissive abortion laws

by Isabelle Taft
June 8, 2022

When Mississippi asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, it argued that a long tradition of state restrictions on abortion in the U.S. “defeats any claim of a deeply rooted right” to an abortion.

Yet for all but 21 of its 156 years as a state prior to Roe, Mississippi law technically permitted abortion for any reason until about 16 weeks of pregnancy.


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito’s abortion history lesson in dispute

By Lawrence Hurley
May 6, 2022

WASHINGTON  (Reuters) - Justice Samuel Alito's draft U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide hinges on a contested historical review of restrictions on the procedure enacted during the 19th century.

Lawyers and scholars backing abortion rights have criticized Alito's reading of history as glossing over disputed facts and ignoring relevant details as the conservative justice sought to demonstrate that a woman's constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy was wrongly recognized in the Roe ruling.


USA – A 15-Week Abortion Ban Is a Coward’s Compromise

Letting Mississippi's 15-week ban take effect—and undoing decades of precedent that permits the constitutional right to an abortion—is not a compromise.

Nov 4, 2021
Imani Gandy, Rewire News

Abortion is a hot topic right now, which means people are weighing in who haven’t given much thought to the reality of the abortion rights landscape in the United States.

And it shows. So when I make the following request, please take it seriously: