There’s an argument you used to hear back when the death of Roe v. Wade was looming but had not yet occurred. It went something like this: Roe has been such a divisive force in American politics for nearly five decades. Perhaps if states were once again able to decide for themselves about the right to abortion, people could finally stop fighting about the issue and a sort of stasis could take hold.
Nearly a year after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that is not what has come to pass. Instead, the fight over abortion remains as hotly contested as ever. There are dozens of legal cases underway around the country, both challenging abortion access and challenging efforts to bar abortion access. And the issue is shaping up to be a major one in the 2024 presidential race.
Times Opinion wants to know how the end of Roe v. Wade has reshaped the lives of readers. Has it made you reconsider major life decisions, about when or whether to have children or move to (or attend college in) a particular state? Have you needed an abortion and been unable to get one? Do you feel differently about the morality of abortion — or about whether it should be a federal legal right — than you did before?
There are no doubt many other ways the end of Roe might have affected you. Whatever your answer, we want to hear about it. Tell us more in the form below. We plan to use a selection of responses in a future project. A member of Opinion’s staff will be in touch if we decide to include yours. We will not publish any part of your submission without contacting you first.
Has the Dobbs decision directly affected your life?
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Lauren Kelley is deputy op-ed editor for news. @lauren_kelley
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