Changes in the makeup of the Supreme Court from 2018 to 2020 enabled a decades long strategy of anti-abortion activists to be realized. These efforts have culminated in the loss of constitutional protections for women seeking safe and legal abortionsShow me more.
The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health significantly reduced federal protections for the right to safely and legally end a pregnancy. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 23 states had “trigger” bans designed to restrict abortions after the Supreme Court removed federal constitutional protection. These trigger bans took effect immediately after the ruling was passed down from the court.
This landscape is has been further complicated by state and federal governments targeting insurance Show me more plans, in some cases completely restricting abortion coverage. Additionally, even if a state has very favorable reproductive freedom laws, the laws are typically structured to provide an exception for religiously affiliated hospitalsShow me more. These exceptions can have a large effect on access to abortion even in heavily metropolitan areas with liberal abortion laws.