June 13, 2024
By Kebé, Kylee Sunderlin, and Elizabeth Ling

The day the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, our Repro Legal Helpline saw ten times the number of inquiries than the day before.

Using the Dobbs decision as the starting point, this first-ever report from the Helpline explores how the rapidly changing legal landscape of abortion is harming all pregnant people in the United States through analyzing caller data.

The top five reasons for contacting the Repro Legal Helpline: legal rights and risks of abortion pills, judicial bypass, general abortion rights, self-managed abortion, general rights about youth access to abortion.

The Helpline identified five trends emerging the wake of Dobbs that are curtailing people’s access or punishing people for abortion: including the denial of emergency abortion care, a rise in health care providers being used as an arm of the state the criminalize their patients or deprive them of care the state opposes, the elimination of abortion access for people facing incarceration, parole, or probation, and the criminalization of people who support others access abortion.

No one should need a lawyer to understand how to access abortion without risking punishment. Yet, the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs has forced people to navigate a dangerous web of abortion restrictions that can impact vastly different legal rights, and risk, based on nothing more than the difference of a few days of pregnancy, or a few minutes of travel across a state border.

Read the Helpline Callers at a Glance summary

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Read the full report in Spanish


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