Akron Beacon Journal: How each side of the abortion debate is preparing for life after Roe v. Wade in Ohio

UC College of Law faculty member weighs in on possible changes to abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling is getting another major review and close court observers are bracing for what life could look like if the high court overturns a constitutional right to abortion.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that 26 states plan to ban abortion in some form if the Supreme Court OKs a ban on abortion passed by the state of Mississippi.

Jenn Dye, PhD, director of the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice at the UC College of Law, is among abortion-rights advocates who fear marginalized groups with higher rates of unintended pregnancies would be disproportionately impacted financially, medically and socially if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. It would mean remaining abortion clinics in Ohio, including the only facilities in Dayton and Cincinnati, would be forced to close.

“Not only are they going to be disproportionately impacted because of the access to abortions, but a lot of the clinics providing abortions are oftentimes” the primary source of birth control, health screenings and other medical services, Dye told the Akron Beacon Journal.

"So, when those clinics close … I would not be surprised if we saw a … decline in health care in general for women," said Dye to the Akron Beacon Journal. "And it's going to disproportionately impact people of color, women of color. And that's going to be tragic.” 

Abortion-rights groups have been sounding the alarm that people without the means to leave Ohio for legal abortions in other states will turn to methods of ending pregnancies that frequently killed or maimed women before Roe. 

“And, you know,” said Dye, “I think that is a more valid fear than what people want to give credit.”

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