Abortion activists had to defend Roe when reproductive rights hung in the balance of its defense. But it was always a weak foundation for those rights. We shouldn’t want Roe back — we should demand much, much more.
Carolyn McConnell is a writer and lawyer who lives in Seattle. She publishes on feminism, women's history, and reproductive justice.
Nationwide, “safe haven” laws allow mothers to abandon newborn children and relinquish responsibility for parenting them. The laws sound like something no one could oppose — but they’ve been a key strategy in the Right’s war on women’s right to abortion.