Talk about a woman’s right to have an abortion in the United States and you invariably talk about Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion. The Supreme Court this session will consider two states’ severe restrictions on that right – one from Texas and the other from Mississippi. But while most current discussions of these upcoming cases focus on whether the Court will dismantle the precedent established by Roe v. Wade, political scientist Alison Gash from the University of Oregon says that the protections established by Roe were already diminished by the court in 1992 in a case called Planned Parenthood v. Casey. “What’s more,” writes Gash, “Casey has given conservative courts ample room to further limit abortion protections.”

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Naomi Schalit

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

Demonstrators in Austin march at the Texas State Capitol in just one of many rallies held across the U.S. to protest the state’s new abortion law. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images News via Getty Images

The erosion of Roe v. Wade and abortion access didn’t begin in Texas or Mississippi – it started in Pennsylvania in 1992

Alison Gash, University of Oregon

A Supreme Court decision in a case called Planned Parenthood v. Casey opened the door to state laws restricting availability of abortions. The Court hears oral arguments about a Texas abortion law Monday.

Environment + Energy

The oil industry was aware of the risks of climate change decades ago. Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images

What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

Benjamin Franta, Stanford University

Transcripts and internal documents show how the industry shifted from leading research into fossil fuels’ effect on the climate to sowing doubt about science. CEOs testify before Congress today.

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