A year since Dobbs, these are the ways many states are protecting abortion

Since the Dobbs decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, many states have moved to protect abortion rights through various measures.

Legislative actions: Eleven states have passed “shield laws” to protect providers and patients from prosecution, while 15 municipalities and six state governments have allocated nearly $208 million for reproductive health services.
* States like California, Maryland, Michigan, Colorado, and Illinois have enacted legislations to protect and expand access to abortion and reproductive health care.

State highlights: California has positioned itself as a “sanctuary” for abortion access and enacted greater privacy protections, while Maryland allocated $3.5 million to train healthcare professionals in reproductive health services.
* Michigan repealed a dormant 1931 abortion ban and added reproductive rights to its civil rights law, and Colorado legislators passed laws to ensure continued access to abortion.

Illinois as a “Midwestern safe haven”: Illinois has attracted out-of-state patients seeking abortions and focused on passing shield laws, while also expanding access to abortion medication and offering emergency contraception in public colleges.
* Additional measures include prohibiting law enforcement from sharing data from automated license plate readers with other states for the purpose of prosecuting someone seeking an abortion in Illinois.

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