Culture Wars/Current Controversies

How the fall of Roe v. Wade could change traveling for an abortion

My guess is that if Roe v. Wade falls it will be another escalation of the culture wars on the level of the two Trump elections, the pandemic, the George Floyd protests/riots, and January 6. Some states will move to liberalize abortion rights even further, while others will move to restrict abortion completely. Blue zones in red states will become “pro-choice” sanctuaries and red zones in blue states might become “pro-life” sanctuaries. Both parties will move to impose/restrict abortion rights at the national level through Congressional legislation, executive orders, or administrative law.

By Brigid Kennedy The Week

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a direct challenge to landmark ruling Roe v. Wade on Wednesday, this case regarding a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

So how might a decision overturning Roe affect the current landscape for abortion seekers and abortion rights advocates? For one thing, travel time for those in need of an abortion could increase dramatically.

Should protections under Roe v. Wade disappear, “the average American could have to travel around 125 miles to reach the nearest abortion provider, compared to the current average of 25 miles,” Axios writes, according to the Myers Abortion Facility database.

What’s more, Myers reports that “the percentage of people living over 200 miles away from a provider would increase from 1 percent to 29 percent,” per Axios.

According to a complementary report from the Guttmacher Institute, individuals in southern and Midwestern states would have to travel hundreds of miles for abortion care, considering “12 states will immediately restrict abortion if Roe disappears, and others would be likely to impose significant new restrictions,” reports Axios.


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