The Last Summer of Roe v. Wade

By Carter Sherman


Texas abortion providers sued to halt the law, but the Supreme Court didn’t stop the law from taking effect early Wednesday morning. Overnight, access to abortion basically evaporated. Then, in a 5-4 vote released just before midnight, the Supreme Court officially announced that it would not be blocking the ban, because the providers hadn’t made their case when it came to the “complex and novel antecedent procedural questions” raised by the law. The justices didn’t decide on whether the law itself was constitutional, but their inaction will leave Texas abortion patients and providers—as well as abortion rights writ large—in an existential lurch.

This was supposed to be Slutty Summer, Hot Vax Summer, the second coming of the Summer of Love. People were horny and hoping for sex, the lore went, after spending more than a year trapped indoors. But it was also, perhaps, the last summer of Roe v. Wade. Regardless of how the battle in Texas turns out, the Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the legality of a Mississippi abortion ban. That case could deeply wound, if not kill, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Many Americans, it seems, have failed to grasp the severity of what’s coming: More than a dozen sex therapists and educators, scattered across the country, in states that fully recognize abortion rights and in states that definitely do not, told VICE that most of their clients are pretty unconcerned about the threat to the availability of the procedure.

And while public apathy toward abortion rights is nothing new—it may be the force that has allowed conservatives to spend the past decade demolishing abortion access in the United States—people apparently aren’t ready for the reality that sex, and its by-products, could soon become far more risky. 

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Picture: Charles Edward Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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