After Dobbs, abortion access is harder, comes later and with a higher risk

By: - June 21, 2023 5:55 am

Abortion providers and support groups are reporting delays in seeing patients and higher demand for help. (Gloria Rebecca Gomez/States Newsroom)

“We were radicalized by the plane,” said Christensen, who was turned away in New York City and flew to Colorado for a multi-day procedure that cost thousands of dollars out of pocket. She and her husband soon after started Patient Forward, a later abortion advocacy group that successfully lobbied New York to relax its abortion law. Christensen said Roe-era gestational limits are too restrictive for this current landscape, and she criticizes Democratic-led initiatives that attempt to compromise on later abortion.

“There used to be a path where you could care for your patients up to a point, and then you sent them out of state,” Christensen said. “And you wouldn’t really have to put yourself out on the limb because there was somebody else who would take care of your patient. That path is gone. It’s dead, and it’s never coming back, not while we have what we have. So when we compromise on this population, we are really condemning them to forced pregnancy and birth.”

This article has been updated since it was initially published.


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Sofia Resnick
Sofia Resnick

Sofia Resnick is a national reproductive rights reporter for States Newsroom, based in Washington, D.C. She has reported on reproductive-health politics and justice issues for more than a decade.