The leaked draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade suggests that the 1973 landmark decision that recognized the constitutional right to abortion could be overruled within the next two months. Though this would not ban abortion in the US, the right to abortion would be left for each state to independently decide. As of May 2022, 28 states are set to ban or restrict abortion if it is not federally protected.
Beyond the principle of a constitutional right to abortion, the threat of an overturned Roe poises many questions: Can people in states with restricted abortion access seek abortion elsewhere? Is this equitable? What exactly does the Roe v. Wade ruling say that makes this debatable? What did abortion access in the US look like before?
(Hint 1: The ruling has to do with the interpretation of the 14th Amendment. Hint 2: In 1972, out-of-state individuals accounted for 60% of abortions performed in Manhattan. We'll get to all of these questions in this article.)