How the Supreme Court decision on abortion is changing healthcare

Two Americas

Louisiana, Kentucky, and South Dakota have laws that immediately ban most abortions. Another 13 states have so-called trigger laws, meaning that abortions can be restricted or banned for up to a month, in some cases based on certificates from attorneys general who said they plan to sign. Only five of these include exceptions for rape and incest.

Still in other statesCaviar existing laws that could be reinstated by legal action or ongoing litigation that could result in restrictions on abortion within months. Over the next few months, Nearly half of states may have new restrictions on abortion. And questions remain even among the 27 states with legal abortions.

“It’s going to be a nightmare,” said Greer Donley, an assistant professor of reproductive health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. “Literally, all I do all day is think about the abortion law. This is my only job. And there are questions that I can’t answer.”

Medical professionals in states with fast-paced abortion bans are trying to figure out what to do without breaking the law.

“I don’t want to go to jail. I don’t want to break the law.” – Giovannina Anthony, one of two abortion providers in Wyoming. said our Megan Messerli. “But I also can’t imagine a patient who has been raped or assaulted, is pregnant and calls for help and the gynecologist says to her: “Sorry, you are on your own.” That’s just terrible”.

Next battle

President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra quickly tested another option – mifepristone, an abortion pill – after the news. Biden said he would order HHS to increase availability of the FDA-approved drug, while Garland said states can’t ban it due to FDA approval.

But it may not be that easy. It is already difficult for people to get pills that are allowed for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Even before Rowe’s uprising 19 states have banned the use of telemedicine for abortions.a path that will be key for people in restrictive states.

And, as we saw earlier, access to an FDA-approved substance can be restricted in many ways without an outright ban—a move that is sure to land in court. The Trump administration required people to pick up drugs in person, and HHS ended that rule last year. States can also criminalize the possession or receipt of drugs, although that could also lead to legal problems, said an FDA expert who asked not to be named.

Rowe vs. Wade Yesterday there was also a precedent, but today there is none,” the expert said. “How safe is precedent by any principle if anyone can find a court to say otherwise?”

And then the battles after that

Judge Clarence Thomas argued in concurring opinion published Friday that the court “needs to reconsider” its past rulings on contraceptive rights, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage, POLITICO’s Report by Quint Forgy and Josh Gerstein.

majority opinionwritten by Judge Samuel Alito, repeatedly speaks of the decision to waive Caviar poses no threat to other precedents, but Democratic politicians have been warning for weeks that the new Conservative majority is unlikely to stop there.

The liberal minority of the court agrees. Judges Stephen Breuer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote in dissenting opinion that the constitutional right to abortion “is not autonomous… On the contrary, the Court has for decades linked it with other well-established freedoms, including bodily integrity, family relations and procreation”.

“Step back”

This is what more than half of Americans called the decision of the Supreme Court in CBS poll published over the weekend – 20 percent more than those who called it a step forward.

This is a problem for the Republican Party, which has struggled for decades for this moment and must now face the uncomfortable reality of its arrival months before a pivotal election.

Strategists on both sides of the aisle say the court’s decision does not change the likelihood that Republicans will retake the House of Representatives. But the silence of some of the endangered Republicans in the House of Representatives speaks volumes, according to POLITICO’s. Sarah Ferris and Ellie Mutnick. While House Republicans in the battleground states support the party’s anti-abortion stance, some were hesitant to talk about their historic victory.

Democrats say it’s because they know they’re ready to lose ground among women and moderates in the suburbs and purple states. D, of course, now has a wave of indignation to participate in an otherwise tedious election.

As one former Republican congressman familiar with the party’s campaign put it. said our David Siders: “Everything went on as usual. Gas above $5. Inflation is a gigantic problem.”

And maybe two steps back for people of color

Blacks are more likely to seek abortions than other races or ethnic groups in the US, according to a study. CDC data. Alito noted this in his opinion last week.

As Keisha Blaine writes in POLITICO magazine.the loss of access to safe and legal abortion in many states is likely to exacerbate America’s high maternal mortality rate and disproportionately high maternal mortality rates among black women, in particular, are the result of decades of racist and discriminatory practices in healthcare.

Those who are denied access to abortion are not only more likely to poor healthBlaine writes, but also more likely to live in povertydeepening social and medical inequality in the country.