Roe v Wade – live: Supreme Court abortion ruling will force quarter of clinics to shut

‘A crime’ Senate has not codified Roe v Wade, says congresswoman

Women and health care providers across the country are preparing for the possible end of Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that granted federal protection to abortion rights.

The Supreme Court released a new set of case opinions on Tuesday but did not include a decision that could impact access to safe abortions. The next set of opinions will be published on 23 June.

As reported in Politico, a leaked Supreme Court draft decision showed that the court intended to strike down the precedent despite at least three justices claiming during their confirmation hearings that they would recognise precedent.

The ruling is expected to come soon, though it’s unclear exactly how close the court is to a ruling. In the meantime, women are scrambling for healthcare before their rights are stripped away, and doctors are preparing to make difficult judgement calls in a post-Roe America.

Meanwhile, a new study out of the University of California has found that more than a quarter of abortion clinics in the US would shut down if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark ruling. Those 202 closures, authors note, would “decimate abortion access” for women living in the South and Midwest.

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Quarter of abortion clinics will close if Roe v Wade overturned, study says

More than a quarter of abortion clinics in the US would shut down if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, a new study has revealed.

According to Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), 202 facilities across states – about 26 per cent of abortion clinics in the US – would shut down if the landmark decision is reversed.

The study’s authors noted that these closures, which would disproportionately affect women living in the South and Midwest, would “decimate abortion access”.

Continue reading the full report from The Independent’s Shweta Sharma

Johanna Chisholm22 June 2022 10:49

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Congresswoman who authored abortion rights bill calls Senate’s inaction to codify Roe v Wade ‘such a crime’

The California Congresswoman and author of Democrats’ legislation to codify abortion protections speaks with Eric Garcia about the end of Roe v Wade, abortion rights and why the filibuster needs to go.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 10:30

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When will there be a Roe v Wade decision?

The US is bracing for a Supreme Court’s decision that could overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling granting women access to abortions across the US.

As the Suprme Court deliberates its decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation — which could strike down Roe — the questions remains as to when it will formally announce its decision.

The Independent’s Alex Woodward explores when the ruling may come down from the court in his story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 08:30

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US abortion rise: One in five US pregnancies were terminated in 2020

As the US braces for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade, the number of women seeking abortions appears to be on the rise based on the latest data.

According to The Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, one in five US pregnancies were terminated in 2020.

Gustaf Kilander has more on the data in his report below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 06:30

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What is Planned Parenthood v Casey? Landmark abortion ruling at risk alongside Roe v Wade

While Roe v Wade is the most well known case guaranteeing abortion access in the US, a 1992 Supreme Court case was pivotal in upholding those rights.

In 1992, Democratic Governor Robert Casey introduced new laws restricting women’s rights to access abortion. Planned Parenthood sued the governor, and the Supreme Court ruled in its favour.

For more on the landmark ruling, read Rachel Sharp’s story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 04:45

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How Supreme Court security became political and how its tied to abortion

After Nicholas Roske traveled to Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh’s home with a pistol allegedly intending to shoot the judge, security for the justices became a major political issue on Capitol Hill.

As lawmakers move to tighten security for Supreme Court justices, it has raised concerns for pro-choice protesters who wish to show their disproval of the court’s forecasted decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Many protesters have held demonstrations outside justices’ homes, but new legislation may force them away in the name of security.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has more in the story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 03:45

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What is Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization? Why one lawsuit could overturn abortion rights

The leaked Supreme Court draft decision that foretold the likely overturn of Roe v Wade comes as a result of the Supreme Court case Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation. The result of that case is likely to come in the next few days, and may result in the end of Roe v Wade.

What is at the core of the case, and why does it put Roe in jeapoardy?

John Bowden has more in his story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 02:45

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South Dakota’s only abortion clinic halts procedures as Supreme Court decides fate of Roe

‘Even though we expected this it feels very emotional’ abortion rights activist in Sioux Falls tells Andrew Buncombe.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 01:45

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How Planned Parenthood aims to fight for abortion rights with the overturn of Roe V Wade looming

Planned Parethood, which has been at the forefront of providing abortion access to women for more than a century, is planning to keep fighting for women’s reporductive rights even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe V Wade.

“This leaked opinion is horrifying and unprecedented, and it confirms our worst fears: that the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v Wade,” President Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement following the leak of a Supreme Court draft decision.

Rachel Sharp examines the organisation’s plans to fight in a post-Roe world in his story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 00:45

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What the Supreme Court could come for after Roe v Wade

Legal experts and civil rights activists fear that after the Supreme Court overturns Roe V Wade it will overturn other landmark rulings protecting rights like gay marriage.

“I’m terrified and people should be terrified,” says Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit against the state of Ohio led to the Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage was protected by the US Constitution.

Read Io Dodd’s full story below:

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 23:45

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