Last month, I traveled across the country for Mother Jones to shoot a story on the effects of new abortion restrictions in Virginia, Michigan, New Mexico, and Texas. “How the War on Women Was Won,” written by Molly Redden, appears in the magazine’s September/October 2015 issue.
In just the past few years, access to abortion providers and clinics has become drastically limited, casualties of a calculated and escalating offensive on the part of conservatives and the religious right. “This is what 2015 looks like,” writes Redden.
“Abortion providers struggle against overwhelming odds to stay open, while women ‘turn themselves into pretzels’ to get to them, as one researcher put it. Activists have been calling it the ‘war on women.’ But the onslaught of new abortion restrictions has been so successful, so strategically designed, and so well coordinated that the war in many places has essentially been lost.”