Public awareness of access to abortion and concerns about the future of assisted reproductive technology have already begun to change since the Supreme Court announced plans to strike the Roe v. Wade case this summer.New Morning Consult Research found.
Abortion providers have been aware for months that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe, a groundbreaking decision in 1973 that established the right to a federal abortion, and the ever-increasing state regulations I’ve spent years adapting. They say that what has changed since the leak of the High Court’s majority draft is a sense of urgency regarding the right to abortion. Studies show that women under the age of 45 are increasingly worried about access to assisted reproductive technology in the post-low world.
“We’ve been predicting this for a long time, and it has driven people into action,” said Dr. Jiana Menendez, a New York family doctor and abortion provider. “It was difficult to get approval from people, and suddenly people care about everything because they are losing their rights in a concrete way.”
Tip: 36% of women under the age of 45 say that abortion is difficult to access in their area. During December.
Concerns about access to abortion may facilitate a shift in contraceptive plans
In addition, 57% said they were worried about access to contraception if the Supreme Court restricted or overturned the Roe v. Wade case. This is up from 46%. During April Immediately before the opinion leaks. Blacks and Hispanic adults were more interested in access to contraception than whites. It also seems to be influencing their plans. About a quarter of women under the age of 45 said they were more likely to start using contraception next year from one in five who said the same thing in April.
Their preferred method of contraception may also change. Menendez said patients are increasingly seeking long-acting, reversible contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices, even in New York, where the right to abortion is stated in state law.
“We saw the same change When Trump is electedAnd we are looking at it again, “she said.
Following the Supreme Court’s draft opinion, Democrats are reviving the impetus to ensure that health insurance companies are appropriate. Cover contraception As required by affordable care laws — Democratic Women’s Caucus co-chair Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) emphasizes that contraception is not a “trade-off” for access to abortion. bottom.
If a bill to codify the right to abortion is passed, according to Frankel, Democrats in the House of Representatives will highlight the implications of the end of Law and take steps that lawmakers can take to close the access gap. We are also planning a hearing to identify Failed in the Senate..
In the survey, three in five adults said abortion was a private health problem and people should have the right to decide whether to continue their pregnancy. Decide whether to provide an abortion.
Adults against abortion are divided by some restrictions
Still, many, including those who believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most of the time, have not fallen into one side of the abortion debate.
The majority of adults against abortion said they supported the ban at various stages of pregnancy, but there was disagreement over whether abortion should be banned altogether. 43% agreed with the ban without exception, and 46% opposed it.
Some adults who oppose abortion are also worried about the effects of falling eggs. That included 35% who said they were worried about those who continue to have unwanted pregnancies, much lower than 65% of adults who said they were worried. ..
In states with more restrictive abortion laws, the spillover effect on pregnancy care is already becoming apparent. In TexasLast year, a six-week abortion ban came into effect, but some providers are hesitant to give medicine to patients who have had a miscarriage because the same drug is used for abortion.In at the worst caseMiscarriage can cause sepsis, a potentially life-threatening infection.
“Where are the boundaries when their lives are most threatened?” Menendez said. “When do you care for them and stop gambling in their lives because of a pregnancy that doesn’t survive?”
The Supreme Court’s ruling can also complicate people’s problems People pregnant with in vitro fertilization (IVF), Given that they can end up with more fertilized eggs that can be safely carried.
Abortion Defender, Civil Preparation for Postrow Landscape
Dr. Atsuko Koyama, a pediatrician and abortion provider in Arizona, said the ambiguity about the health risks of pregnancy, coupled with state law that imposes severe penalties on abortion providers and patients, is “unbelievable” in their willingness to seek care for their patients. He said it could have a “moderate chilling effect.” And the willingness of the provider to provide it.
Koyama and Menendez are both fellows of the Physicians advocacy group for assisted reproductive technology.
Most of the public expressed concern about the state-level implications of the draft decision. The majority of adults (55%) do not know if their state has a trigger law, which means that if Roe collapses, abortion will be automatically banned. ..
Meanwhile, adults who support the right to abortion have many potential steps the state can take in the post-low world, such as providing access to free contraception and making drug abortion more accessible. I was overwhelmingly in favor of. About one in five women under the age of 45 also said they would consider approaching an out-of-state or another state if their place of residence had restricted access to abortion.
Proponents are tinkering with similar ideas. In Arizona, which plans to enact a 15-week abortion ban this summer, Koyama said lawmakers are discussing setting up a clinic near the California border where they want to have an abortion. rice field. “Safe shelter” For patients from other states.
Abortion providers and advocates are also looking at post-row situations with patchwork status rules and are also seeking to make drug abortion more accessible. 62% of adults say they support it.
“When it comes to self-managed abortion, the biggest risk is more legal than medical care,” Koyama said.