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Undue burden :  life-and-death decisions in post-Roe America  Cover Image Book Book

Undue burden : life-and-death decisions in post-Roe America / Shefali Luthra.

Luthra, Shefali, (author.).


On June 24, 2022, Roe v. Wade was overturned, and the impact was immediate: by 2024, abortion was virtually unavailable or significantly restricted in 21 states. In Undue Burden, reporter Shefali Luthra traces the unforgettable stories of patients faced with one of the most personal decisions of their lives. Outside of Houston, there’s a 16-year-old girl who becomes pregnant well before she intends to. A 21-year-old mother barely making ends meet has to travel hundreds of miles in secret for medical treatment in another state. A 42-year-old woman with a life-threatening condition wants nothing more than to safely carry her pregnancy to term, but her home state’s abortion ban fails to provide her with the options she needs to make an informed decision. And a 19-year-old trans man struggles to access care in Florida as abortion bans radiate across the American South. Before Dobbs, it was a common misconception that abortion restrictions affected only people in certain states but left one’s own life untouched. Since the fall of Roe, a domino effect has cascaded across the entire country. As the landscape of abortion rights continues to shift, the experiences of these patients--who crossed state lines to seek life-saving care, who risked everything in pursuit of their own bodily autonomy, and who were unable to plan their reproductive future in the way they deserved--illustrate how fragile the system is, and how devastating the consequences can be. A revelatory portrait of inequality in America, Undue Burden examines abortion not as a footnote or a political pawn, but as a basic human right, something worthy of our collective attention and with immense power to transform our lives, families, and futures. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780385550086
  • ISBN: 0385550081
  • Physical Description: xviii, 348 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Index included (pages 331-348).
Formatted Contents Note:
Tiffany: losing Roe. Where it started, where it ends: Texas ; "It shouldn't be this hard": Oklahoma -- Angela: across state lines. Not strong enough: New Mexico and Illinois ; A haven, for now: Kansas -- Darlene: the safe haven myth. The promised oasis: California ; Just because it's legal: Colorado ; Even the best-laid plans: New York -- Jasper: the fight for the future. The center that couldn't hold: Florida ; Neither living nor dead: Arizona ; How far will this go?: Washington, D.C. -- Epilogue: the world after Dobbs: Texas -- Afterword.
Subject: Roe, Jane, 1947-2017 > Trials, litigation, etc.
Wade, Henry > Trials, litigation, etc.
Abortion services > Law and legislation > United States.
Abortion > Government policy > United States.
Birth control > Political aspects > United States.
Trials (Abortion) > United States.
Pro-life movement > United States.
Women's rights > United States.
United States > Politics and government.
Genre: Informational works.

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