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Abortion providers face an uncertain future with the expected Supreme Court decision Roe v.  wade

Lisa Desjardins:

Dr. Kumar, I want to look at your situation in Texas, a little different there.

Texas is one of 26 states where abortion bans or near-bans would go into effect, as is South Dakota. But abortions are already very limited there. What would be the impact of a full ban reversing Roe in Texas?

Dr. Bhavik Kumar, Planned Parenthood Center for Choice: Yes, that’s a great question.

We’ve actually seen this happen before here in Texas when the governor issued an executive order right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. And for about four weeks, abortions were completely banned in the state.

And for eight months, we’ve been living under Senate Bill 8, which is a very, very extreme ban on abortion, about six weeks. And so about half of our patients couldn’t get treatment. So, in Texas, we’re already essentially living in a post-Roe world.

And what I’ve seen from my patients is that it’s very difficult for them to travel for treatment out of state. Some patients have traveled thousands of miles. And many patients have told me that traveling just isn’t an option, and they’re forced to have children they know they can’t care for.


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