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Questions About the Future after the Leaked SCOTUS Draft Opinion

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Justices will weigh whether to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks and overrule the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

News @ Northeastern have posted many stories since the recent SCOTUS Draft Opinion was leaked to POLITICO. The opinion that threatens the decision made in Roe v. Wade to leagalize abortion nationwide has uderstandably raised many questions and concerns from citizens. Read about the different effects the opinion, if finalized, may have in these News @ Northeastern articles.

Post-Roe, Could States Outlaw Abortion Pills? 
This article discusses the federally approved pills that allow for a non-surgical abortion. These pills made up more than half of all terminations at eight weeks or earlier in 2020. They are able to be prescribed in-person, ordered through mail or through a telehealth visit. These Pills bring up the question of state and federal jurisdiction. If states have the power to ban abortion, can they ban a federally approved drug?

Plain and Simple: Abortion Rights is a Healthcare Story.
This article is in discussion with WGSS Executive Committee member, Meg Heckman, Northeastern Professor of Journalism whose research focuses on journalism from a feminist perspective. In it she discusses how a strike down on abortion is at its core a healthcare story and discusses with News @ Northeastern the interaction news and journalism has with it. Read her full interview with the link above. 

Who Leaked the Supreme Court Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade? Four Theories. 
With all of the discussion around the effect the opinion may have, it is also important to think about who leaked this draft opinion to POLITICO and why they did it. This News @ Northeastern article explains four different theories on who leaked the draft opinion and why. 

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