Editor’s Letter: Ana Mitreva


Lily Kleinhenz

Editor Ana Mitreva shares her response to the overturn of Roe V. Wade for the October Cover, “Post Roe: Abortion in STL”

On the day that Roe v Wade was overturned the WashU Medical School sent out a message to staff and students informing them about the new changes.

Since I was working there over the summer I also received this message. I specifically remember reading the words, “Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and BJC HealthCare are concerned that uncertain- ties about the new law may lead to confusion and delays in providing life-saving medical care to pregnant women”.

I had felt disbelief and anger following the decision, and reading the statement that health- care providers would have “uncertainties” over saving people’s lives set my mind into further panic.

How many would suffer?

How would the decision affect my loved ones?

Since Roe v Wade was overturned in the middle of the workday I wondered how many people who had planned to receive an abortion that day were turned away. The uncertainty was overwhelming, yet I knew many others were experiencing the same thoughts and emotions. Even the email I received from WashU didn’t seem certain about what lay ahead. More or less stating that they would help doctors as they adapted to new requirements.

While the loss of 50 years of reproductive rights felt sudden for many, for decades pro-life efforts have resulted in laws restricting abortion access for women.

Even before the overturn statues against abortion have been excessively written and revised. And considering the most recent changes, it’s difficult to anticipate what will happen next or be hopeful about the future.

The Globe, only a few years ago, did a cover story about abortion access at a time when, while limited, women had the right to an abortion until 6-8 weeks.

Reflecting on how much has changed I am reminded of the fragility of reproductive rights in this country. While the future is filled with uncertainties, the experiences held by people are real. Though this decision has resulted in tremendous pain I’m grateful we have a plat- form to share women’s stories and stances.

The resilience, anger, and determination of the women affected by the overturn gives me hope for a better future, and I’m sure the Globe will do another cover story on abortion very soon.