The Aftermath of Overturning Roe vs Wade

Posted by Hannah Galloway on

On June 24 2022 Roe v Wade, the legislation which made access to abortion a federal right in the United States, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Over 6 months later - what has changed for American women? 

  • 13 states criminalized abortion and Georgia banned the procedure at 6 weeks.
  • More than 1/10th of clinics closed down which was 43 clinics across the country.
  • Remaining clinics increased wait times so on average there is now a two week waiting period for an abortion.
  • Travel time for abortion care increased with 1/3rd of women of reproductive age now living over an hour from an abortion clinic. In Texas and Louisiana, average travel times are over 7 hours, resulting in lost wages and accommodation and travel expenses. 
  • Rise in inequality as adolescents, immigrants, domestic abuse victims, low income women, BIPOC women, and women with small children are statistically less likely to have the financial means, time, or ability to travel to an abortion clinic.
  • Increased health risk to pregnant women requiring medically induced abortions as physicians fear legal consequences. Women that are seeking medically necessary abortions are being delayed or rejected care as physicians fear legal action.
  • Access to critical medications now restricted - some cancer, arthritis, ulcer and autoimmune disease medications are being restricted due to its ability to end a pregnancy or cause birth defects. 

What can you do to help American Women in their fight for abortion access? 

  • Shop at FEISTY and select the National Network of Abortion Funds at check out. We will donate a portion of our sale on your behalf.  
  • Make your voice heard: sign petitions, write to your politicians, tweet the US government, tweet your local government, join protests & keep the dialogue going. 

Talk soon,

Hannah 


*For the nature of this article we use the term ‘women’ to refer to anyone with a womb who requires access to abortion care. We recognize that not all people requiring abortion care may identify as women and not all people identifying as a woman have a womb. At FEISTY we support all women, whether they have a womb or not. 


Sources

McPhillips, D (2022). Travel time to abortion facilities grew significantly after Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. CNN. Link

Shepherd, K. & Stead Sellers, F. (2022) Abortion bands complicate access to drugs for cancer, arthritis, even ulcers. The Washington Post. Link.

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