Planned Parenthood Warns Court Ruling Could Limit Access to Abortion for 36 Million Women | Politics

The restrictive law is already having ripple effects in other states, where women travel to have abortions.

Yamelsie Rodríguez, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood’s reproductive health services in the St. Louis area, said 14,000 women from states around Missouri would look to the organization’s establishment in Fairview Heights, which was built, in part, to treat women seeking the procedure in Missouri.

“It’s a devastating ripple effect that shows it’s not just a problem in Texas,” Rodriguez said.

The effect of the current abortion limits can be seen in Missouri, where the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services said 39 surgical abortions took place in Missouri from January 1 to November 15, 2020. As of 2019 , the total number was 1,362.

Sam Lee, a lobbyist for Campaign Life Missouri, said legal action against abortion laws in other states is unlikely to have a significant effect in Missouri because the number of abortions has soared. fall.

“The challenge for the pro-life movement in Missouri is not to make abortion completely illegal in the state. This is how to reach out to women leaving the state, ”Lee said. “To focus solely on whether Roe v. Wade will be overturned or not would be a mistake for the pro-life movement in Missouri.”

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