February 8, 2023 -
After making gains in the recent midterms, Republican lawmakers in states across the South are altering legislative rules to sidestep the usual process for passing bills. Pro-democracy advocates say the changes are an abuse of power that would harm marginalized communities and undermine the people's will.
July 5, 2022 -
Youth turnout set records in the 2020 presidential election, and organizers across the South are now building on that momentum to get young people to the polls this midterm election year. Polls show the Supreme Court's decision to overturn abortion rights is a motivating factor.
June 6, 2022 -
With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to soon overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, we are republishing a 1977 Southern Exposure report delving into the backlash against abortion rights that was already taking shape across the region.
May 12, 2022 -
The recent leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion showed that the justices have voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that guaranteed the right to an abortion. If the draft stands, legal abortion would remain widely available in only two Southern states.
October 11, 2019 -
With states taking aim at abortion rights and finding a sympathetic ear at a Supreme Court that's become more conservative under President Trump, Planned Parenthood has unveiled a $45 million effort to elect politicians who support abortion access.
July 17, 2019 -
Religious organizations posing as licensed health facilities, so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" peddle misinformation to discourage people from seeking abortion. Yet some Southern states are funding these fraudulent clinics with taxpayer money — and now the North Carolina legislature wants to give them even more.
June 7, 2019 -
We recently spoke with Amanda Reyes, executive director of Alabama's Yellowhammer Fund that helps women in need access abortions, about how her organization is carrying out its mission after the state passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country.