‘Absolutely Terrifying’: Criminal Defense Attorneys Warn About Impacts of Roe Reversal

The NACDL leader explained that people who have or assist with abortions could face prison time with mandatory minimum—and possibly even life—sentences. As she put it: “We’re not talking about just fines like a traffic ticket. We’re talking about serious consequences in this country.”

Comparing attacks on abortion rights to the U.S. War on Drugs, Wayne told NPR that “people were looking at life sentences and still remain incarcerated to this day. You have to ask yourself, what lessons did we really learn?”

The NACDL document also highlights that “proposed anti-abortion legislation disproportionately impacts poor women, Black women, and other women of color, highlighting the deeply sexist, racist, and classist nature of the recent and proposed new anti-abortion laws, and the manner in which such laws will contribute to the problem of systemic racism and classism within the criminal legal system.”

‘Absolutely Terrifying’: Criminal Defense Attorneys Warn About Impacts of Roe Reversal