Drawing on her years of research in El Salvador—one of the few countries to ban abortion without exception—legal scholar Michelle Oberman explores what happens when abortion is a crime. Equipped with this understanding, Oberman turns her attention to the U.S., where the battle over abortion is fought almost exclusively in legislatures and courtrooms. She begins her analysis in Oklahoma, one of the most pro-life states. Through a series of interviews with current and former legislators and activists in Oklahoma, Oberman shows how Americans voice their moral opposition to abortion by supporting laws that would restrict it. In this America, the law is more a symbol than a plan.