Some Clinics Aren’t Waiting for Roe Decision to Stop Abortions

At Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the nation, cellphone recordings inform callers that abortion stays authorized and accessible, however some have stopped scheduling abortions.

A banner on the prime of the web site for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says: “Our doorways are open. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will proceed to assist sufferers get the care they want – together with protected and authorized abortion. No matter what. ” But the group there determined to cease providing any new appointments for abortion after June 25, anticipating that the courtroom would possibly launch its opinion two days later, on its final scheduled choice day. Wisconsin nonetheless has an 1849 regulation on the books criminalizing abortion.

Dr. Allie Linton, the group’s affiliate medical director, mentioned the choice was partly due to worries that it could be laborious to contact sufferers if their appointments wanted to be canceled. She additionally mentioned the group’s leaders had been “cognizant of the numerous trauma which may come for sufferers and workers if we’re in the course of a process or the center of a process day, and have to inform sufferers we can not present care.”

The Wisconsin clinics have made contingency plans on days this month when the Supreme Court has been anticipated to situation opinions. Many members of the workers plan to spend the week of June 27 coaching at new clinics in Illinois, anticipating they could want to relocate in order that Wisconsin sufferers can journey there to get hold of care.

At Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, which operates clinics in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Indiana and Kentucky, 5 clinics closed final month because the group began shuffling sources. Idaho, Indiana and Kentucky are anticipated to ban most abortions if Roe is overturned, so the group is attempting to increase telemedicine abortion within the remaining states and to assist sufferers get to out-of-state suppliers.

As clinics schedule new sufferers, they’re warning them that the authorized standing of abortion could also be in flux. “Our affected person navigators, when they’re scheduling, they offer sufferers a heads up and say, ‘Hey, simply so you realize, there could also be a authorized change,'” mentioned Katie Rodihan, a spokeswoman for the clinics.

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