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.
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.
BREAKING: We just won a temporary restraining order protecting early abortion access in Texas for now.
Every day that clinics can remain open will save countless people from the life-altering risks and consequences of forced pregnancy.
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 28, 2022
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.
Work to expand the court?
Call to Impeach justices?
Work to end the filibuster?
Make medical abortions available nationwide and their users exempt from state punishments?
Open clinics on federal (not Tribal-federal!) land?
A hope without a plan is just a wish.
Be. Specific. https://t.co/A9yIaXcnHn
— 🖤. (@MsPackyetti) June 28, 2022
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.”