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[WATCH] Abortion Clinics Scramble to Help Patients Find Alternative Care After Roe Ruling

[WATCH] Abortion Clinics Scramble to Help Patients Find Alternative Care After Roe Ruling

The heartbreaking stories had already begun pouring in ahead of last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling which removed the Constitutional right to seek a legal and safe abortion. But even with the leaked ruling giving them a two-month head start, abortion clinics in states where the procedure is now outlawed are scrambling to divert their former patients and others in need of reproductive care.

Staff at a clinic in Nashville were flooded with calls from patients trying to understand the new legal landscape, after a federal court allowed the state’s ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy to take effect on Tuesday. In Arkansas, some patients were literally headed to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Little Rock to obtain medication-induced abortions when the decision came down last week. Upon arriving, they were sent home.

Cambridge, MA – May 4: Harvard University freshmen chant not your body, not your choice while rallying in Harvard Yard on May 4, 2022 in Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA to defend abortion rights and protest against a leaked draft opinion of the US Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. They were met by counter-protests, who argued that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. (Photo by Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

In Missouri, where abortions were already severely restricted, a new ban took effect Friday that only allows the procedure in “cases of medical emergency.” Kansas City leaders are weighing a $300 stipend to help employees travel for an abortion. And across the state, in St. Louis, elected officials are considering another measure that would use $1 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay for transportation, lodging, and other logistical support for abortion seekers.

In Dayton, Ohio, where new state rules took effect banning abortions when a heartbeat can be detected, most patients are now being sent over the border to Indiana. But they may not be able to do that much longer, as lawmakers there are expected to reconsider the state’s abortion laws at a special session starting July 6th.

Several high-profile companies have pledged to help employees seeking reproductive care, and all Blue states are openly welcoming anyone who needs an abortion or other care from the provider, with the entire West Coast already established as an “Abortion Sanctuary Zone.”

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