Sarah C.M. Roberts

Sarah C.M. Roberts is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Roberts studies the ways that policies and the health-care system punish rather than support vulnerable pregnant women, including women seeking abortion and women who use alcohol and drugs.

Recent Articles

Abortion Doesn’t Have to Be Illegal to Be Out of Reach

Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and several other states are trying to create insurmountable obstacles for women seeking abortions.

Alabama legislators voted Tuesday to ban most abortions, including for victims of rape and incest, the strictest law in the country. Last week, Republican Governor Bill Kemp of Georgia signed a bill that would ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy, which is often before women know that they’re pregnant. Georgia is one of the more than half of U.S. states that have advanced or enacted policies so far in 2019 that seek to further restrict abortion access. Ohio and Texas have also recently advanced multiple policies that put abortion out of reach, such as those limiting insurance coverage for abortion and banning abortion after 20 weeks, while Alabama votes Tuesday on making abortion a felony. The proliferation of restrictive abortion laws is a reminder that abortion does not need to be illegal in order for it to be nearly impossible to obtain. Many state abortion restrictions already severely limit abortion access, which falls heavily on poor people. New data further...