USA – Where Does the Abortion Rights Movement Go Next?

Gloria Steinem reflects on the draft majority opinion leak, democratic backsliding and her life in the public eye.

By Lauren Jackson, NYT
May 13, 2022

It was a baptism, of sorts.  On a March night in 1969, Gloria Steinem entered Washington Square United Methodist Church as a reporter. For a few hours, she listened to women stand up in the church basement and speak the most radical thing they could: the truth about their bodies, their pregnancies and their abortions.

It was years before Roe v. Wade would make abortion access a right. And in a dim room, in what historians say was very likely the first public forum of its kind in American history, these women were outing themselves as criminals.