US: After court ruling, clinics suspend abortions

The abortion bans that were established in some states in the event that Roe v. Wade went into effect automatically Friday as clinics in states including Alabama, Texas and West Virginia stopped performing abortions for fear of prosecution, sending patients tearfully leaving their facilities.

“Some patients collapsed and couldn’t speak between their sobs,” said Katie Quinonez, executive director of West Virginia’s only abortion clinic, whose staff called dozens of patients to cancel their appointments.

“Some patients were stunned and didn’t know what to say. Others did not understand what was happening.

The United States was convulsed with anger, joy, fear, and confusion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The division in the United States over the right to terminate pregnancy was stark: supporters of abortion rights called it a dark day in history, while opponents of abortion hailed the ruling as the answer to their prayers.

By eliminating the constitutional right to abortion in force for half a century, the Supreme Court leaves the resolution of this highly politically charged issue in the hands of the states, of which about half could ban the procedure.

The reaction across the country followed predictable political logic.

The Democratic Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, a state where abortion is available with few restrictions, called the ruling a “war on women” and vowed to be a “brick wall” to preserve abortion. law.

Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin has vowed to seek a ban on abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a conservative Republican widely considered a possible 2024 presidential candidate, tweeted: “The Supreme Court has answered the prayers of millions and millions of Americans.”

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The issue will undoubtedly fuel the upcoming election season.

Both sides intend to use the issue to harangue their supporters and encourage them to vote.

“This country is lurching to the right, taking away rights. The voters are going to have to intervene,” said Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. “We are headed for an autocracy, with women subservient to the wishes of men.”

Some states, such as Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri, had automatic trigger laws, which took effect as soon as Roe v. Wade stopped applying.

In Alabama, the state’s three abortion clinics stopped performing the procedure over fears the providers would now be prosecuted under a law dating back to 1951.

On Friday morning at the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, staff had to tell women in the waiting room that they couldn’t perform any more abortions that day. Some had come from as far away as Texas to make an appointment.

“Many of them burst into tears. Can you imagine if you would have driven 12 hours to get this care in this state and not been able to do it?” said clinic owner Dalton Johnson.

Patients received a list of places out of state that still perform abortions.

In Texas, providers didn’t know which law to follow: a 1925 ban, a 2021 law that limits abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy, or an automatic activation law that outright bans the procedure but won’t go into effect. force for a month or more.

The confusion caused them to suspend abortions while they do legal consultations.

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