Since the historic June 24 ruling, 11 states have banned abortion entirely or after the sixth week of pregnancy, according to a Guttmacher Institute study released Thursday.
Access to abortion also worsened
As a result, at least 43 abortion clinics have closed or switched to other services. 23 clinics were in Texas, five in Oklahoma, and five in Alabama.
Access to abortion is already very poor in much of the country, and will continue to worsen as more states enact abortion bans in the coming weeks and months.
Laws banning abortion
Some US states, such as Louisiana and North Dakota, have already passed laws banning abortion, but their introduction has been delayed by legal disputes. Other states, such as Indiana, have called special sessions of the Legislature to enact new legislation.
Half of US states, mostly in the conservative South and Midwest, are expected to ban abortion.
On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe v. Wade” ruling that included a nationwide fundamental right to abortion. The decision caused a political earthquake and is considered a historic turning point.
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