Regional impact of Roe reversal could limit abortion access in neighboring states

Maya Shimizu Harris

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion access a federal constitutional right, the Mountain West would essentially become an abortion desert. Idaho and Utah would probably make the practice illegal. North and South Dakota have abortion ban trigger bills. Wyoming has a  trigger law that would make abortions under most circumstances illegal if Roe is reversed.

In light of the leaked Supreme Court opinion draft this week, a reversal seems very possible.

Colorado and Montana — which, at least for now, both have pretty secure protections around abortion access rights — could be the only states in the region that offer abortion services if the Supreme Court upends Roe.

Because in-state access is so limited, Wyomingites already access abortion services in Montana and Colorado pretty regularly. There’s only one clinic — the Women’s Health and Family Care Center in Jackson — that currently offers abortion services in Wyoming. (Another one is on track to open this summer in Casper).

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