Without Roe v. Wade, Abortion Will Remain Legal in Most States

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“According to the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), Oklahoma and Louisiana are among the 22 states that are likely to severely restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. But the CRR classifies New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas as states where elective abortions probably will remain legal, meaning those options would still exist even if Texas legislators, newly liberated by the Supreme Court, banned all abortions. In 21 states, the CRR says, abortion rights are protected by statute or by judicial interpretations of state constitutions. Seven states lack such explicit legal protection but are not considered likely to enact bans in the absence of Roe. Assuming that 22 states ban elective abortions, Middlebury College economist Caitlin Knowles Myers calculated this year, the average distance to an abortion clinic for women of childbearing age would increase from 35 to 279 miles.” (10/13/21)