Abortion access could continue to change in year 2 after the overturn of Roe v. Wade

A year after Roe v. Wade was overturned, researchers predict further changes in the accessibility, legality, and medical practices surrounding abortion in the United States.

Understand the Changes: Over a dozen states have near total abortion bans, and at least 26 clinics have closed. In Texas, nearly 10,000 more babies were born since its 2021 “heartbeat bill” took effect.
* Nationally, there were 25,000 fewer abortions through March 2023 compared to around 930,000 abortions in 2020.
* The Southeast may become an abortion desert as more states consider adopting new bans.

Legal Boundaries: Doctors may become bolder, potentially leading to legal cases against them for providing services that violate increasingly stringent abortion laws.
* There’s added uncertainty around the fate of mifepristone, one of the two medications used for at-home abortions, due to conflicting legal cases.

Pivotal Projections: Funding to protect abortion access may decrease after a surge of support emerged in response to the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, researchers predict.
* The true effect of abortion bans on the number of children born is still uncertain and more data is needed.
* Even with the likely approval of over-the-counter birth control pills, researchers doubt this will have a major impact on the demand for abortion.

Abortion Rights in ‘Sanctuary’ states: Researchers are urging sanctuary states to increase access to abortion, even if they already have protective measures in place.
* The increase in patients travelling to these states has led to providers increasing their use of telehealth and offering care later in pregnancy.

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