Irin Carmon

Features Writer, Intelligencer and New York Magazine

Irin Carmon has been a features writer at New York Magazine since 2018 with a particular interest in gender, reproduction, and the law. She is co-author of the New York Times best-selling book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her next book, to be published in 2025 by Simon & Schuster, is Unbearable: Being Pregnant in America.

  1. the law
    The Adult Survivors Act Deadline Passed. Now What?Talking to State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal about the success and future of the act in New York.
  2. reasons to love new york
    A $45 Million Effort to Make Pregnancy Less Deadly in BrooklynThe borough president spent his entire capital budget on midwives, NICUs, and more.
  3. the law
    Before Mike Johnson Was Speaker, He Was Blaming Abortion for School ShootingsHow Johnson’s years as an anti-abortion soldier of the Christian legal movement prepared him for this moment.
  4. israel-hamas war
    ‘It’s Really Hard to Hold On in This Reality’Ten members of Shaked Haran’s family are believed to be hostages of Hamas.
  5. life after roe
    Fifteen-Week Abortion Bans Are No CompromiseThe GOP is haggling over when to ban abortion. So are some Democrats.
  6. life after roe
    What’s an Ex–Abortion Doctor in Alabama to Do?Fight for better pregnancies and births for those who have no choice.
  7. life after roe
    When Pregnancy Is the CrimeAn exit interview with Lynn Paltrow, who has spent decades representing women jailed for miscarriages and stillbirths.
  8. life after roe
    What the Abortion-Pill Decision Reveals About the Shadow DocketThe author of a new book on the Supreme Court’s backdoor-lawmaking system breaks down what it is and why Samuel Alito is so mad at its critics.
  9. life after roe
    How Far Will the Supreme Court Go This Time?The fate of the abortion pill now lies with the same justices who killed Roe.
  10. politics
    Anti-Trans and Anti-Abortion Advocates Are Using the Same PlaybookSome of the very groups that pushed for abortion bans are now coming for trans health care.
  11. life after roe
    ‘They Really Wanted to See My Baby Get Taken Away’A woman is suing a Brooklyn hospital for secretly testing her for drugs during labor and calling child-protective services.
  12. media
    Let’s Have a Real Conversation About Barbara WaltersSeventeen leading broadcasters on her legacy and making their way in the world she made.
  13. just asking questions
    What It Takes to Give Abortion Seekers (Actually Good) Advice OnlineThe Online Abortion Resource Squad’s Ariella Messing on fighting disinformation in a post-Roe world.
  14. life after roe
    What the Supreme Court Left Out of Its Dobbs-Leak ReportThe investigation failed to identify the leaker of the draft opinion — and the justices got light treatment.
  15. the intelligencer profile
    Dorothy Roberts Tried to Warn UsThe legal scholar has been writing about the criminalization of pregnancy for 25 years. Now she’s calling to abolish the child welfare system.
  16. feminism
    Who Actually Lost the Sex Wars?And were there any winners? A conversation with Christine Emba, Nona Willis-Aronowitz, and Lorna Bracewell.
  17. abortion
    The Dissenters Say You’re Not Hysterical“The majority tells everyone not to worry,” the dissenting justices write. But they’re ringing the alarm.
  18. life after roe
    The End of Abortion As We Knew ItIn a 6–3 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  19. life after roe
    The Future of Abortions in AmericaAn access map.
  20. life after roe
    I, Too, Have a Human FormIn Justice Alito’s draft opinion, the pregnant body is erased.
  21. life after roe
    Abortion Funds Are a Lifeline. And a Target.The right’s attacks on grassroots groups have already begun.
  22. life after roe
    Does the Reasoning in Roe v. Wade Matter?Few valorize the opinion that provided a constitutional right to abortion. But its weakness may be beside the point.
  23. life after roe
    Can Republicans Stop Patients From Leaving the State for an Abortion?Some are willing to try.
  24. life after roe
    Leaked Draft Opinion Says Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. WadeThe draft majority opinion, if issued, would open the door to absolute abortion bans at any time and for any reason.
  25. the internet
    The Best Moments in Twitter HistoryWhat makes Twitter great? Chaos, madness, hilarity.
  26. politics
    Does the Supreme Court Deserve Ketanji Brown Jackson?The first Black female justice would lend the Court more credibility. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
  27. politics
    The Other FirstWhat it means to nominate a veteran public defender to the Supreme Court.
  28. me too
    What’s Actually in the Sexual Harassment Complaint Against John ComaroffThe accused allegedly did much more than compliment a grad student’s bike helmet.
  29. pandemic
    The Parent BoosterFrustrated by a lack of urgency and information, activist parents pushed the FDA on shots for the youngest kids.
  30. justice
    What Can Stephen Breyer’s Successor Accomplish?The Supreme Court’s liberals can try to forge a consensus, or use their perch to call out a conservative supermajority.
  31. supreme court
    Stephen Breyer Secures His LegacyThe liberal justice’s retirement ensures that Joe Biden will have a shot at nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court.
  32. covid-19
    Neil Gorsuch Wear a Mask ChallengeAs the Supreme Court tries to quell a COVID controversy, the conservative justice remains maskless.
  33. supreme court
    Neil Gorsuch Reportedly Refused John Roberts’s Request to Wear a MaskThe conservative justice’s obstinacy has forced Sonia Sotomayor to work remotely.
  34. politics
    The Supreme Court Goes Anti-VaxxThe High Court’s overreach is as absurd as it is brazen.
  35. good morning america
    Was The Morning Show’s Creator Wrong to Report an Allegation of Harassment?A former employee’s claim allegedly got kicked up to executives — possibly without her consent.
  36. the pandemic
    The Infuriating Wait for the Youngest-Kids VaccinePfizer’s shot for children under 5 was expected soon. What happened?
  37. roe v. wade
    Amy Coney Barrett’s Adoption Myths“What’s happening at the Supreme Court is that people are using us to further their own agenda. They’re co-opting our lives and our stories.”
  38. politics
    This Is How Roe EndsHope for a compromise that preserves abortion rights looks lost after conservative justices spoke about Mississippi’s 15-week ban.
  39. the law
    The End of the Viability LineIf the Supreme Court lets Mississippi ban abortion at 15 weeks, before fetal viability, much more than that will be lost.
  40. politics
    The Texas Abortion Ban Could Lose at the Supreme CourtJustices sound skeptical of the law, but the damage has already been done, and it could get worse.
  41. the law
    You Can Still Say ‘Woman.’ But You Shouldn’t Stop ThereWhat does trans-inclusive abortion advocacy look like?
  42. q&a
    How Do We Investigate Sexual Offenses Fairly?If you care about sexual violence, you have to care about due process, argues the lawyer and activist Alexandra Brodsky.
  43. on the market
    You Can Now Buy Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s “Dinner Party-Gate” HouseThe Yale Law professors’ five-bedroom, five-bath New Haven home is listed for $1,080,000.
  44. politics
    The Right-Wing Divisions Over Texas’s Abortion LawNot everyone who advocates for strict abortion laws is thrilled. But eventually, everyone in the movement might get what they want.
  45. the law
    What’s Next in the Legal Fight Against Texas’s Extreme Abortion BanA brazenly political court let Texas ban almost all abortions. Politics may be the only thing to stop it.
  46. politics
    The Supreme Court’s Stealth Attack on AbortionAt best, the justices feel no urgency to stop Texas from violating people’s dominion over their own bodies.
  47. covid-19
    I Drove 8 Hours to (Maybe) Get My Baby the COVID VaccineLast week, I got an offer to enroll my 14-month-old in a COVID-vaccine trial. My only worry was that I wouldn’t make the appointment in time.
  48. politics
    This Is How We Get Our First Woman GovernorCuomo’s singular gift to women may be his getting out of the way.
  49. power
    The Tiger Mom and the Hornet’s NestFor two decades, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld were Yale Law power brokers. A new generation wants to see them exiled.
  50. intelligencer chats
    The Radicalism of the Abortion Law the Supreme Court Took UpChief Justice Roberts is thought to favor an incremental-change model. This is far from that.
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