SEPTEMBER 23, 2022
Following the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in late June overruling Roe v. Wade, the United States joins 126 countries around world in having a restrictive setting for abortion access. As of September 9, all or most abortions are already illegal in 12 states, legal only before six weeks in another two, and inaccessible in a 10 others. At least 10 more state-level bans are either on the way or temporarily blocked. Together, these laws leave many pregnant people without access to this vital health service. And despite limited legal, legislative, or administrative options available to respond to new restrictions, the Biden administration has made protecting medication abortion—the use of pills to terminate a pregnancy—one of their top priorities.