If banning the discussion of abortion sounds familiar to you, that’s because it already happened in the U.S.: The Comstock Law of 1873 made it illegal to disseminate information about birth control and abortifacients.


When lawmakers claim that overturning Roe won’t ban abortion—that it would simply send the decision back to the states—they’re not only ignoring the existence of trigger laws, but also the existence of national lobbying organizations that are prepared to make it as easy as possible for states to ban abortion and criminalize speech.

Republicans claim to be the party of freedom. This is apparently what freedom looks like to them.