10 Facts About Abortion Rights

The supreme kkkourt just heard arguments about the Mississippi law banning abortion after about 15 weeks from the start of a person’s last menstrual period. The law’s very likely to be upheld, and it could lead to a decision overturning Roe v. Wade altogether. Contrary to what you might have heard, that doesn’t mean abortion will be outlawed nationally. It means that states will be able to outlaw all, some or most abortion care. States have been chipping away at abortion rights since the Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976, preventing any federal funds from being used for abortion services. Abortion care is already very difficult to access and it will get worse. It will not, however, go away, and there is a lot we can (and must) do to preserve it.

Here are a few facts:

  • Roe v. Wade did not make abortion legal. It made it illegal for states to unduly restrict it. By that time, six states already had legal abortion, including New York and California.
  • 17 states have passed laws restricting or eliminating abortion, which will go into effect as soon as Roe is overturned.
  • Six states, including California, have laws to protect the right to reproductive choice.
  • 90% percent of US counties currently have no abortion provider, and nearly 40% of reproductive age women live in those counties.
  • Only 15 states provide public financing for abortion (meaning, you can use your Medicaid for abortion).
  • In 2014, 53% of abortion patients paid out of pocket for the procedure, which costs an average of $508 in the first trimester. 50% of women seeking abortion fall below the federal poverty level.
  • Medication (as opposed to surgical) abortions accounted for 39% of all abortions in 2017.
  • The majority of medication abortions are offered in specialized clinics (as are surgical abortions). In 2017, 30% of clinics provided only medication abortion.
  • Almost every state has at least one abortion fund, which helps women get the care they need. Many funds also help arrange travel or places for people to stay if they have to go out of town to get care. Find out who is doing this work in your area at abortionfunds.org. They all need money and most also need volunteers.
  • Donating and offering rides and housing is not enough. The right to the health care we choose is a political issue. Visible outrage and determination are essential. Protest and action do matter, even in “blue states” where abortion rights are safe.


Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is www.lagai.org.

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