It’s been a hell of a year.
Thirteen states with trigger laws, effective immediately. Two conflicting federal court decisions about mifepristone. One viral story of a 10-year-old rape victim, who had to travel hundreds of miles for an abortion, and her doctor, who was reprimanded and fined $3,000 for speaking out about the case. Marches and protests with crowds a thousand strong. An executive order that didn’t help. Countless hours of mandatory wait time spent eyeing the clock.
Despair and chaos, mainly, and a little bit of hope.
In a way, looking back at the past 365 days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe is an inadequate exercise—some might even think it’s a little bit silly. (We should always be moving forward! they say.) But marking the passage of time is what we humans do. Four days until the weekend. Two weeks until I get my period. Shit, now I’m eight days late.
Part of the anti-choice strategy is to overwhelm—to bury us in confusing bills and stupefying legalese, to intimidate us until we’re dizzy. So below, we’re setting the record straight: everything that’s happened on the legislative front since Dobbs. The 10 most salient lessons abortion activists have learned on the front lines this past year. An investigation into our collective burnout and a look at all the new, community-centered ways Gen Zers and millennials are pushing us toward the future we need.
Last year, in our award-winning It’s Not Over package published a few days after the SCOTUS decision, we mapped out the next chapter in the fight for bodily autonomy. Today, we refuel.
Everything That’s Happened Since SCOTUS Struck Down Roe One Year Ago
It’s impossible to keep up with every dangerous, dismaying, and occasionally promising development in the new reproductive rights landscape. Here, we’ve got an easy-to-digest guide to all the major milestones you should know.
The 10 Most Urgent Lessons Reproductive Justice Activists Have Learned for You This Year
Actually, this fight is about so much more than abortion.
Why Aren’t We Doing More About Our Own Dwindling Reproductive Rights?
One year after Dobbs and the burnout is real. But that’s exactly how anti-abortion agitators want you to feel. Here, a quick dose of commiseration followed by a roadmap to get back on track.
What It’s Like to Fight for Sterilization Surgery in a Post-Roe World
After the Dobbs ruling, some young women who know they don’t ever want children are seeking straightforward procedures to get their tubes tied or removed. Too bad they have to go up against doctors, their families, and, oh yeah, the patriarchy.
Yes, You Can Find the Morning-After Pill in Some Bars and Coffee Shops Now
There’s a movement to get you free emergency contraception wherever you are (the next day or the night before).
Even on TV, It Was Hard to Get an Abortion in 2022
The end of Roe led to an explosion of abortion storylines that show all the very real barriers to access, according to a year-end review by researchers. But these depictions still miss who needs care the most.
College Students in Idaho Sound Off Against Their Universities’ Abortion Gag Order
“We knew our state didn’t have our backs. But it’s a different feeling when your university is against you.”
The Secret Fleet of Abortion Vans Meeting Patients Near Ban States
Very soon, your nearest abortion clinic might not have a real address or a phone number or a front door. But it could have an engine and wheels. Cosmo takes the first in-depth look at the undercover mobile clinics steering the future of abortion care.
The 5 Midterm Races That Matter Most for Abortion Access
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Cosmopolitan and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund have identified five races that have the greatest potential to impact reproductive freedom across the country. Tune out the rest of the noise—this is what to watch.
If you need an abortion, check out the resources at INeedAnA.com or AbortionFinder.org. You can also dive into the Guttmacher Institute’s resources for more detailed info on the policies in your state.