As journalist and activist Andrea Grimes put it in a piece on MSNBC in December:
Give birth, die trying, or go to jail. To the anti-abortion politicians and lobbyists who got their wish when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, these have always been the only acceptable pregnancy outcomes. Ideally, they'd like a country full of meek, compliant (and mostly white) women whose sole mission in life is to have children. But since pregnancy is dangerous, it's unavoidable that a number of those women will die in the process -- especially in the United States, where our maternal mortality rates (particularly for Black and brown people) are already exceptionally high, and rising.
That's too bad, of course, but for anti-abortion forces it's better than the alternative: Women who think we have the right to make our own decisions about when, where, and whether to carry a pregnancy to term. Those women will have to be taught a lesson.
That's what happened to Brittany Watts, a Black woman from Warren, Ohio, who was facing felony charges not for seeking or having an abortion, but for having a complicated pregnancy and experiencing a miscarriage in her bathroom at home in October. On Thursday, January 11th, news broke that the grand jury has decided not to indict her -- but what happened to Brittany never should have happened in the first place.