From a Times Insider: Covering a Pre- and Post-Roe World

From a Times Insider column by Megan DiTrolio headlined “Covering a Pre- and Post-Roe World”:

Margot Sanger-Katz, a domestic correspondent who writes about health care for The Upshot, shares how previous reporting helped readers understand the future of abortion access in the United States.

In July 2019, The Upshot, an arm of The New York Times that focuses on data-driven journalism, published the article “Where Roe v. Wade Has the Biggest Effect.” Written by the journalists Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller and Quoctrung Bui, the article examined what would happen if Roe v. Wade was to be overturned — Where would the number of legal abortions fall? What might happen in states with so-called trigger laws, which would ban abortion almost immediately? Using research, it estimated what could happen under various scenarios, and with maps, displayed what at that point was an alternate reality.