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Soon women in America will no longer have the right to an abortion. Since finding out on Tuesday morning about the draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, I have felt equal parts shock and rage. Born after Roe v. Wade, my life has corresponded with the expansion of rights in our country. Several of my friends and former students have exercised their liberty and right to choose. Now for the first time, and because of the decision of four men and one woman, we will see the abrogation of a fundamental constitutional right.
Like many of you, I have been trying (and failing) to make sense of it all: reading tons of articles, listening to podcasts, talking with friends. This week’s issue includes two pieces that may be helpful in offering context. The first – “Alito’s Plan To Repeal The 20th Century” – argues that Dobbs not only will ban abortion but will also erase the civil liberties fought for over the past 100 years. The second – “The Roe Baby” – emphasizes the complexities and nuances of the abortion issue. As several of you shared in Issue #312, abortion is complicated, messy, untidy, emotional.
I also understand if you’ve had enough and have no desire to read any more articles about abortion. If so, start with the pet photo and then enjoy a thoughtful antidote to loneliness and a concerning approach to school discipline. My hope is that they will spur your thinking.
+ I hope you take care of yourself this week. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts by hitting reply.

Reversing Roe And The 20th Century
Jane Roe’s Baby Tells Her Story
Zuzu, who belongs to loyal reader Monica, appreciates all teachers and wishes them a very joyous Teacher Appreciation Week. Nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter: hltr.co/pets
Zuzu, who belongs to loyal reader Monica, appreciates all teachers and wishes them a very joyous Teacher Appreciation Week. Nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter: hltr.co/pets
We’re In A Loneliness Crisis
The Price Kids Pay: Schools And Police Punish Students With Costly Tickets
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