A year after Dobbs and the end of Roe v. Wade, there’s chaos and confusion

One year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the health care landscape for abortion access is increasingly fragmented and complex, causing widespread confusion.

The new landscape: Over a dozen states have enacted extremely restrictive abortion bans, with most making no exceptions for rape or incest, leading to 22 million women and people of reproductive age living in states with heavily restricted abortion access.
* Abortion providers saw a monthly average of 2,849 fewer abortions within nine months following the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, according to data from the Society of Family Planning.

Doctors’ concerns: Doctors in states with abortion bans are trapped by poorly drafted laws that criminalize care and fail to offer clear guidance on handling pregnancy complications and emergencies.
* A national KFF survey of OBGYNs found 40% of respondents reported facing constraints on their care for miscarriages and pregnancy-related emergencies, while 61% expressed concerns about legal risks when making decisions about patient care.

Public confusion: There is widespread uncertainty about the legal status of abortion and related services, with many residents unsure of the legality of abortion in their state or incorrectly believing that medication abortion is still legal in states where it is banned.

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