With the recent draft leak it is apparent that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe vs. Wade in June. Meaning the right to choose to have an abortion is under attack and this decicion puts women and trans men’s lives at stake. Overturning the 50 year old ruling would end the federal guarantee of abortion rights and allow each state to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion. Although the overturn is not official yet, the draft shows a majority rule to overturn. Now is the time to learn and speak up to protect the human right to choose.
Things to know
- More than 20 states have laws that could restrict or ban abortion soon after the Supreme Court overturns Roe. Some states have “trigger laws” which can take effect directly after a Supreme Court ruling. Other states have pre-Roe laws that ban abortion that haven’t been enforced but definitly will if Roe vs. Wade is overturned.
- States that continue to allow abortion could see an influx of patients seeking care. For example, after Texas enacted its roughly six-week ban on abortion last year, residents began to get abortions out of state. In the last four months of last year, Planned Parenthood clinics in states near Texas reported a nearly 800% increase in abortion patients from Texas.
- Some blue states are already taking steps to ensure the right to abortion in state law. Democratic governors have signed laws protecting reproductive rights and announced their intention to be able to provide abortion services to people who live in states where the procedure is restricted.
- Women of color will bear the brunt of further abortion restrictions. Black and Hispanic women get abortions at higher rates than their peers. Women of color also experience higher poverty rates and could have a harder time traveling out of state for an abortion according to The Associated Press.
- Limits on abortion access can lead to negative long-term health effects. A major study from the University of California, San Francisco found that women are harmed by being denied abortions. The women surveyed who gave birth had economic hardships that lasted for several years, were more likely to raise the child alone, and were at higher risk of developing serious health problems than those who had had abortions
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