Friday marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that ruled abortion is a woman’s constitutional right.
Since then, the case has been at the center of the culture wars, caught in the constant ebb and flow of “pro-life” and “pro-choice” controversy. What’s dangerous is that, now, the right to abortion is under attack more than it’s ever been.
This year, the Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case in over a decade — Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. At the crux of the case is House Bill 2, a Texas law passed in 2013, which has already caused the number of abortion clinics in the state to dramatically plummet. If it’s upheld by the Supreme Court, HB2 could leave Texas — a state of 27 million people — with just 10 abortion clinics.
Rapidly eroding access to safe, affordable abortions has caused many women in Texas to take extreme measures. Disturbing new research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) shows that “up to 240,000 Texas women may have attempted to end a pregnancy on their own, without medical assistance.”
Today, we’re sharing the stories of an anonymous group of Texas women who’ve had — or plan on having — experienced with abortion. These short anecdotes, shared on anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper, are a reminder that the reasons people have abortions are as nuanced as the lives of those who have them — and that the procedure should remain affordable, accessible, legal and safe.