Roe v Wade decision – live: Supreme Court abortion ruling will force quarter of clinics to shut

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‘A crime’ Senate has not codified Roe v Wade, says congresswoman

Women and health care providers across the country are preparing for the possible end of Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that granted federal protection to abortion rights.

The Supreme Court released a new set of case opinions on Tuesday but did not include a decision that could impact access to safe abortions. The next set of opinions will be published on 23 June.

As reported in Politico, a leaked Supreme Court draft decision showed that the court intended to strike down the precedent despite at least three justices claiming during their confirmation hearings that they would recognise precedent.

The ruling is expected to come soon, though it’s unclear exactly how close the court is to a ruling. In the meantime, women are scrambling for healthcare before their rights are stripped away, and doctors are preparing to make difficult judgement calls in a post-Roe America.

Meanwhile, a new study out of the University of California has found that more than a quarter of abortion clinics in the US would shut down if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark ruling. Those 202 closures, authors note, would “decimate abortion access” for women living in the South and Midwest.

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Advocates are trying to prevent anti-abortion police from using period-tracking app data to hunt down abortion providers

Abortion rights advocates are trying to prevent anti-abortion police from using data collected from period-tracking apps to prosecute abortion providers.

Vice President Kamala Harris shared her fears during a meeting with security experts, noting the “vulnerability of women who are using menstrual-tracking apps, those who use a search engine to find certain locations or certain help … and how vulnerable those searches will be to bad actors attempting to track their history, much less any government forces that may be interested in investigating that for whatever purpose.”

Alex Woodard has more on the story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 14:45

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When will there be a Roe v Wade decision?

The US Supreme Court is nearing the end of its term, with some of its highest-profile decisions expected at the end of June or early July.

A widely anticipated deicision involving Mississippi’s abortion law could determine the fate of constitutional abortion rights affirmed by the ruling in 1973’s Roe v Wade. A leaked draft opinion from the high court indicates that a majority of justices are prepared to overturn the decades-long precedent.

The court’s next opinion issuance day is set for Thursday June 23.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 14:33

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Democrats urge Google to stop steering abortion patients to ‘fake clinics’ in search results

Women across the country are scrambling to schedule reproductive healthcare consultations and operations ahead of the Supreme Court potentially overturning Roe V Wade.

Some of those women using Google to find abortion clinics or reproductive healthcare providers will no doubt find “crisis pregnancy centres” among their search results. These centres are often times run by ‘pro-life’ groups and sometimes use social pressure, shaming, or disinformation to convince women not to seek out abortions.

Some Democrats have been pushing for Google to filter crisis pregnancy centres out of its abortion results to prevent women from being duped. Read Alex Woodward’s story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 14:00

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How Planned Parenthood aims to fight for abortion rights with the overturn of Roe v Wade looming

Planned Parethood, which has been at the forefront of providing abortion access to women for more than a century, is planning to keep fighting for women’s reporductive rights even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe V Wade.

“This leaked opinion is horrifying and unprecedented, and it confirms our worst fears: that the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v Wade,” President Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement following the leak of a Supreme Court draft decision.

Rachel Sharp examines the organisation’s plans to fight in a post-Roe world in his story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 13:15

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Samuel Alito: Who is the Supreme Court justice who wrote leaked draft overturning Roe v Wade?

Mr Alito is the author of a draft opinion overturning the landmark Roe v Wade case.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 13:15

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Why these prosecutors are refusing to enforce criminal anti-abortion laws in their states

‘Trigger’ bans in more than a dozen states will quickly or immediately outlaw abortion without Roe v Wade protections. It will be up to the discretion of district attorneys and law enforcement whether providers will be criminally charged, Alex Woodward reports.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 12:30

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Quarter of abortion clinics will close if Roe v Wade overturned, study says

More than a quarter of abortion clinics in the US would shut down if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, a new study has revealed.

According to Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), 202 facilities across states – about 26 per cent of abortion clinics in the US – would shut down if the landmark decision is reversed.

The study’s authors noted that these closures, which would disproportionately affect women living in the South and Midwest, would “decimate abortion access”.

Continue reading the full report from The Independent’s Shweta Sharma

Johanna Chisholm22 June 2022 10:49

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Congresswoman who authored abortion rights bill calls Senate’s inaction to codify Roe v Wade ‘such a crime’

The California Congresswoman and author of Democrats’ legislation to codify abortion protections speaks with Eric Garcia about the end of Roe v Wade, abortion rights and why the filibuster needs to go.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 10:30

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When will there be a Roe v Wade decision?

The US is bracing for a Supreme Court’s decision that could overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling granting women access to abortions across the US.

As the Suprme Court deliberates its decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation — which could strike down Roe — the questions remains as to when it will formally announce its decision.

The Independent’s Alex Woodward explores when the ruling may come down from the court in his story below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 08:30

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US abortion rise: One in five US pregnancies were terminated in 2020

As the US braces for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade, the number of women seeking abortions appears to be on the rise based on the latest data.

According to The Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, one in five US pregnancies were terminated in 2020.

Gustaf Kilander has more on the data in his report below:

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 06:30





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