Access to legal abortion is now subject to state laws, which allow each state to decide whether to prohibit, restrict, or allow the procedure. Some parts of the country are much stricter than others: Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky are among the 13 states with trigger laws that immediately outlawed abortion after sentencing. In all, about half of the states are likely to ban or limit abortion, and many of them refuse to make exceptions even in pregnancies involving rape, incest, and fetuses with genetic abnormalities. Many abortion clinics may be forced to close in the coming days and weeks.
While tipping Roe against Wade it will not mean the end of abortions in the US, it is likely to reduce the rate and force those seeking them to pursue different methods. People living in states that prohibit or severely restrict abortion may consider traveling to other areas, although crossing state borders can be time-consuming and prohibitive for those facing financial difficulties.
The likelihood of anti-abortion activists using surveillance and data collection to track and identify people seeking abortion is also higher after the decision. This information could be used in criminal proceedings, making it especially dangerous for those leaving home to cross state borders.
Vigilante volunteers are already doing abortion clinics in states like Mississippi, Florida and North Carolina, filming the arrival of people with cameras and recording details about them and their cars. While activists deny that the data is used to harass or contact people seeking abortion, experts are concerned that images of clients arriving at and leaving clinics may be exploited to attack and harm them. -especially if police agencies or private groups use facial recognition to identify them. they.
One option to avoid clinics is to order so-called abortion pills to discreetly end a pregnancy at home. Pills, which are safe and widely prescribed by doctors, are significantly less expensive than surgical procedures; they already account for the majority of abortions in the US.