Melissa Grant closed the staff meeting on Friday. Her phone and other employees' phones were lit with news alerts.The Supreme Court overturned the Landmark Roe v. Wade caseA ruling guaranteeing constitutional rights to abortion for almost 50 years.
The Chief Operating Officer of Karafem, an abortion provider with clinics in Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., said she and her team across the country answered the phone. When the news came out, she finished discussing the potential decisions of
"On the other hand, it was good that we were all together," she said. Said. "But on the other hand, I can't prepare for such news. I've been in the field for over 30 years, and this is the day I didn't expect it to happen."
The court's 5-4 ruling to overturn Roe had a cataclysmic effect. It has triggered legislation relating to the decision of 13 statesto immediately or effectively ban or limit abortion in the coming weeks. While doctors, patients and activists were fighting the momentary panic and broken heart, healthcare providers scrambled, consulted with lawyers, and even closed the door.
Abortion clinics such as Texas and Louisiana have been closed as a result of the decision — the closest provider to New Orleans is now in Illinois — and the future and procedures of the abortion movement. In some states, especially in the South and Midwest, it's not just ambiguous.
As a result of the decision, Middlebury College economist Caitlin Knowles Myers predicted in a study included in the Supreme Court proceedings Amicus Brief. .. 100,000 women in these states cannot see abortion providers due to new legislation.
As a result, her study found that as many as 75,000 children gave birth. The low-income and colored races are expected to be most affected.
New Orleans Louisiana Parliamentarian and abortion advocate Mandie Landry lives near a clinic in her city. She said a small group of women gathered to close the door and called the patient before they arrived to warn them. She said the other people in Louisiana who sought an abortion were not so lucky.
"It's true that the Hope Clinic in Shreveport had people there to book the day and had to be told to go home," Laundry said. Said.
Hope Medical Group Four Women did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but said the clinic's response service canceled Friday and Saturday procedures.
Meanwhile, Whole Woman's Health, a group of Texas clinics, "suspended abortion services" in the state until further notice, "when / if / How can we continue abortion services for patients in Texas? "
In some states, fallout from the end of Roe may not happen immediately No, but many said they were preparing to see the dominoes fall at the end of the abortion access.
According to Grant, her team in Tennessee will call about 30 women on Friday to inform them of the news and hope for an abortion before the possibility of a ban is curtailed. If so, I advised you to raise your appointment. .. Her Georgia clinic faces similar problems after state prosecutor Chris Carr has issued an injunction calling for an injunction to lift the six-week abortion ban.
"We know that things will change and we are trying to meet as many people as possible scheduled with us.
A clinic could be built up to Allentown, PA, and a destination for abortion seekers.
Allentown Women's Clinic outreach coordinator Ash Turner was informed of the news. Later, she said she made an appointment for a Tennessee woman on Friday. The loss of abortion rights does not immediately become like Pennsylvania, but she feels tense and rich in the atmosphere between staff and patients.
The Republican-led legislature in Pennsylvania had previously tried to pass legislation limiting the right to abortion, but only by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. Stopped.
The state decided in November who would take the Governor's mansion next, and is a Republican candidateright-wing fire brand Doug Mastrianosaid on Friday that Roe was "correctly driven into the trash can of history." .. "
" He's definitely scared. He has a particular love for the heartbeat bill. I don't want to imagine when someone like Doug would be elected, "Turner said. She and others in the clinic said she and others in the clinic were working on a voting campaign for this issue. "The current government expects it to be safe until November, but it's definitely imminent in November."
However, abortion doctors are now up to 10 years in prison and 10 In other states, such as Arkansas and West Virginia, facing a $ 10,000 fine, abortion is no longer an option. It leaves the only way forward for those looking for a procedure to travel hundreds of miles by plane or car-both are now increasingly costly.
In some states, there are virtually still options for telemedicine and out-of-state doctor visits. The patient can then ship the abortion drug for administration at his discretion. However, that option is usually limited to the first 11 weeks of pregnancy, and many conservative state legislators are trying to follow that path.
Some warn that it could lead to future proceedings.
"Our terrifying legislature to which I belong passed a law this year that basically bans telehealth from prescribing abortion drugs," recently passed in Louisiana. He talked about the law that was done. "I think it's very illegal and unconstitutional, but as we see, our Supreme Court doesn't really care about the Constitution."
At that moment, we find the comfort of the Stoics. For that reason, it seems to have left behind many abortion advocates like Laundry and Grant.
"For years, rights have been lost and we were actually accessible by name alone," Grant said. "So I think this moment is a more accurate reflection of how things have been for a while."