New York Times Page One: Roe Overturning ‘an Immediate Catastrophe’

July 2nd, 2022 7:12 AM

As expected, The New York Times is not taking the Supreme Court's overruling of Roe v. Wade well. Reporter Julie Bosman made Wednesday’s front page with “Women Fear What More They Might Lose.” The paper didn't say "Pregnant People."

The text box also made the front: “Feeling Angry and Sad at the Reversal of Roe.” Bosman piled on the all the resonating feminist anger (and none of the pro-life joy) in a front-page “news” story. It began:

CHICAGO -- Countless women wept. Some spent the weekend burning white-hot with rage, commiserating with friends and mothers and sisters. Many were fearful, recognizing the feeling of a freedom being taken away and thinking to themselves: This could only get worse.

Millions of American women spent the past five days absorbing the news that the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, erasing the constitutional right to a legal abortion that had held for nearly a half-century.

The decision instantly reordered the lives of women across the country.

The lives of unborn babies might also be "reordered." 

Bosman, Chicago bureau chief for the New York Times, pondered whether the ruling had reduced women to second-class citizens.

For women who had sought abortions in states where clinics were forced to shutter, the ruling was an immediate catastrophe, jeopardizing their decision to terminate their pregnancies.

Yet the decision reached far beyond them -- across generations and geography, across race and class. Many women were sent spinning, questioning their place in society, at least in the eyes of the Supreme Court.

In dozens of interviews this week, American women who support abortion rights recalled the moment when they heard that Roe had been overturned, and the waves of shock and fury that followed….

Bosman went down a long line of abortion supporters, each angrier than the last.

Still, when the Dobbs ruling was officially released last week, the blow was heavy for Kristen Coggins, a 36-year-old mother of three girls in Charlotte, N.C. She felt a “deep river of anger,” she recalled, “an undercurrent in my body that just couldn’t come to the surface.”

One teacher “expressed her feelings partly by rage gardening.”

The irony of abortion advocates caring what children thought was missed.

For many women, their thoughts have turned to their children. There is grief, said Destiny Lopez, a reproductive rights advocate in North Carolina, in the realization that “this will now be the next generation’s fight.’’

The ruling only deepened the desire for Yolanda Williams, 42, who runs a parenting podcast, to continue her plans with a group of women to buy rural land in Georgia and live communally with their children….

Bosman ended still harping on the offensive idea of abortion as “protection.”

Even harder to fathom is that her children could be living without the protections that Ms. Mills had during her own adolescence and adulthood.

“It took 50 years for them to overturn Roe,” [Claire Mills] said. “How much time do we have to get it back?”