Dead Endings

A Review of The Story of Abortion in America: A Street-Level History, 1652–2022 by Marvin Olasky & Leah Savas

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has unleashed a series of uncertainties that we are only beginning to reckon with: competing state laws either limiting or liberalizing abortion, court rulings on abortion pills, and further unknowns lying on the horizon. To navigate this post-Roe world, it helps to understand how we arrived here. What did the average person think about abortion throughout American history, and how was that manifested or obscured in media, social practices, legislation, and its enforcement or lack thereof? And how have such issues been distorted in historical memory?

Marvin Olasky and Leah Savas address these questions and more as they bring history down from the suite level of legalities...


is a classical educator, furniture-maker, and vicar at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also taught high school history for thirteen years and studied at Messiah College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Winthrop University. In addition to Salvo, Josh has written for Areo, FORMA, Front Porch Republic, Mere Orthodoxy, Public Discourse, Quillette, The Imaginative Conservative, Touchstone, and is a frequent guest on Issues, Etc. Radio Show/Podcast.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #66, Fall 2023 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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