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Fact Check-The Atlantic did not publish headline on ‘environmental impact’ of overturning Roe v. Wade

The Atlantic did not publish a headline on the “environmental impact” of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling. The image is digitally altered, and no such headline was published by the outlet.

The Atlantic banner can be seen at the top of a screenshot while text printed to the upper left corner of the image reads: “THE ATLANTIC DAILY.”

The purported headline reads: “The Environmental impact of overturning Roe.”

A supposed sub-headline reads: “How a slew of new babies, mostly of color, will add to the extreme weather events we’ve seen over the last 20 years.”

One user who shared the screenshot said: “There you have it. The plan always was genocide” (here).

Other examples of the image shared on social media can be seen (here), (here), (here), (here), (here) and (here).

A spokesperson for The Atlantic told Reuters that no such headline or sub-headline was published by the outlet.

“This is a fabricated article, and we are reporting it as fake and a trademark infringement,” the spokesperson told Reuters.

A search through the outlet’s website did not find the alleged headline (archive.ph/wip/iffcd).

The supposed headline is not viewable in archived versions of The Atlantic’s homepage dated June 25 and June 26 (here), (here).

A Google advanced search did not reveal the purported headline published by any media outlet (archive.ph/wip/lA0rd).

A Twitter advanced search did not reveal the headline shared via the outlet’s Twitter account (archive.ph/wip/f4Yjo).

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. After the ruling, 26 U.S. states are now either certain or likely to ban abortion. Abortion is likely to remain legal in liberal states (here).

Reuters has previously addressed digitally altered headlines spread online (here), (here), (here).

VERDICT

Altered. The Atlantic did not publish a headline on the “environmental impact” of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022. The image is digitally altered, and no such headline was published by the outlet.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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