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Everything antebellum is new again


On our podcast, we discussed the various ways in which the strategies the anti-reproductive-rights minority have for imposing their will on the nation have certain obvious historical antecedents. And here we go!

One thing both Paul and I tried to emphasize is that pre-Roe abortion bans that were draconian on paper were for the most part not aggressively enforced by the state; they operated by creating a chilling effect while gray markets in safe abortions for women with connections were quietly tolerated. This was, to be clear very bad. But the kind of aggressive enforcement of abortion bans and other regulations with modern surveillance technology is a whole different deal and more terrifying deal which will threaten many liberties beyond a woman’s control of her reproductive health.

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