Shannon Davis heads to the Alabama State Capitol during the March for Reproductive Freedom against the state's new abortion law, the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. May 19, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Spooneybarger
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In the absence of Roe's constitutional protection of a woman's right to have an abortion, America would become a different society, because, as in Ceausescu-era Romania, the government would oversee its members' most personal choices.With provisions prohibiting women from going out of state for an abortion, or from using certain contraceptive methods (such as intrauterine devices), much of the new U.S. legislation, if upheld by the Supreme Court, would expose women to a similar enforcement regime.After the Ceausescu regime fell in December 1989, one of the interim Romanian government's first moves was to decriminalize abortion. Prior to 1966, Romania had one of the most liberal abortion policies in the world.Both abortion and contraception were criminalized for all women age 45 and under who had not borne at least four children (later increased to five).With challenges to Roe looming on the horizon, and with many U.S. states having already denied access to abortion facilities and reproductive health services through other means, Romania's experience shows what happens when women suddenly lose the right to control their own bodies. When basic food supplies are scarce (as in Romania in the 1980s), women will risk their lives having back-alley abortions, for fear of lacking the means to care for a child.
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