Palacio, H. (2022). Over the Precipice Into a Post-Roe World—A Look at Abortion Rights and Access in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 112(9), 1273-1275.

I am sandwiched between my mother—who lived her prime reproductive years without the federal protection of the right to access legal abortion—and my daughter, who is now without that same federal protection. My now-deceased mother was once a young, newly married Black Cuban immigrant working in New York City’s garment district sweatshops in the 1940s and 1950s. She became pregnant and experienced debilitating nausea and vomiting and, at that time, simply could not afford to miss work. She got an abortion—illegally—risking her physical health with an unprotected and unsafe procedure because her economic health and the well-being of her family depended on it.

I begin this editorial with that short personal reflection, one that hit me hard on June 24, not because I am unique, but precisely because I am not. My anecdote, that N of 1, is merely a narrative illustration of the compelling evidence and hard data compiled by three original articles reprinted in this special issue and the respective accompanying new commentaries that I have the pleasure of introducing.