Michelle Goldberg has a piece at the Daily Beast on how the recent state legislative attacks on reproductive rights has resulted in women being forced to attempt to end their pregnancies themselves — and hence, sentenced to time in prison:
In recent years, several women have been arrested on suspicion of causing their own abortions, or attempting to. Most have come from conservative rural states with few clinics and numerous restrictions on abortion. In America’s urban centers and liberal enclaves, the idea of women being prosecuted for taking desperate measures to end their pregnancies might seem inconceivable, a never-again remnant of the era before Roe v. Wade. In fact, it’s a slowly encroaching reality.
Abortion access has been an issue — including self-induced abortions — before the severity of the state attacks started this past year. But there is no doubt that as these restrictive laws increase, so will DIY abortions — and subsequent convictions.