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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Roe v. Wade canceled: Will more Americans travel to Canada and Mexico for abortions?

The US Supreme Court overturned Rowe vs. Wadethe landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed federal constitutional protection for the right to abortion for American women.

For countries bordering the United States, what are the implications for Americans who want to travel to Mexico or Canada to access abortions?

First, American women will still need abortions, and they will seek them. Abortion is an integral part of medical care for women, along with other reproductive issues.

Second, abortion is a right, even if it is contested, and should be available without shame or risk.

Thirdly, the ways in which women seek abortions will be stratified, that is, achieved in different ways and according to a number of inequality-related factors. This will determine who crosses state or international borders in search of abortions if they are not available in their own states.

This is the immediate and main result of the overthrow Rowe vs. Wade: a situation in which abortion is legal and available in some states and illegal and possibly a criminal offense in others.

Women will still have abortions

However, women will still require an abortion, no matter what state they live in. Evidence shows that abortion bans don’t stop the procedure, they just change how people get it. They force women to look for providers in other jurisdictions, rely on medical abortion through online sources – meaning they will buy drugs online that can induce abortion and do it themselves – or look for clandestine or illegal and unsafe procedures.

It is worth emphasizing that abortions are needed and wanted by pregnant women of all kinds: young and old; poor and rich; Black, indigenous, racial, white, cisgender, transgender, or non-binary people; non-religious and religious; for choice and for life. Gloria Steinem’s research even found that pro-life activists who picket outside abortion clinics sometimes have abortions in the same clinics they are protesting against.

With a coup Rowe vs. Wadeand as access is already severely restricted in many states, women have begun seeking abortions in other jurisdictions.

Colorado, for example, is reporting a 1,000 percent increase in demand for abortions since Texas’ abortion ban went into effect in September 2021. The law makes it virtually impossible for women to have an abortion in Texas.

On the contrary, Colorado guaranteed the right to abortion and made the state a haven for women throughout the US.

Abortion rights demonstrators protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, after a court ruled overturning nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion.
( Associated Press Photo/Steve Helber)

State bans pending

In post-Rowe vs. Wade political landscape, about half of US states are expected to ban or severely restrict abortion.

This means women can travel to the remaining 25 or so states for abortions. But it’s not that easy. Some states have already threatened surveillance and restrictions on abortion travel, and travel is expensive and aggressive. Not all women will be able to take and go to another state.

For women on the southern border of the US, Mexico would be the preferred option, as they already cross the border regularly for medical and dental services or other exchanges and purchases.

Access to medical abortion in Mexico is easy and cheap, although there are reasons to be concerned about information and oversight. Medical abortion requires two drugs: mifepristone and misoprostol. The first can be purchased at a pharmacy in Mexico; the second requires a prescription from a doctor.

There are fears that women will only purchase the first medication and refuse the second, and will not receive proper care throughout the procedure.

Crossing the border into Mexico is familiar, anonymous, inexpensive, fast, and requires no surveillance or judgment. This is a good option for many women, especially those who are poor, racist, and/or especially vulnerable to government oversight. But the removal of constitutional protections for abortion would create a stratified reproductive rights regime in which women would be forced to make choices based on their social position.

Traveling across state borders may be easiest for the most privileged women, who care least about state oversight and control; they are women who are not poor, racial, vulnerable or threatened.

Demonstrators Hold Hangers In The Air Against The Backdrop Of The Supreme Court Building At Dusk.
Demonstrators hold clothes hangers in the air during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2022.
( Associated Press Photo/Jacqueline Martin)

Traveling to Canada for an abortion

Traveling to Canada requires a passport, planning, time, money and medical support for the procedure. There are also relatively few abortion clinics in Canada, and there are fears that they are already full and that demand will soon outstrip service capacity.

Some of the states most likely to ban abortion, including Michigan, North Dakota and Idaho, border rural Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

This means demand could increase in areas that are already struggling to provide abortions in underserved and overburdened areas. And Americans who will pay for abortions out of pocket could increase waiting times and further restrict access for rural, Northern and Native women.

The Canadian Parliament Buildings Can Be Seen During The Pro-Abortion March On Parliament Hill.
The “March for Life” event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa last May, organized by anti-abortion activists, also attracted pro-choice protesters.
CANADIAN PRESS / Patrick Doyle

Justin Trudeau’s government has welcomed American women to Canada and ensured that Canadian border officials will allow entry, but many important details remain to be sorted out.

Do women have to declare their intention to have an abortion, or can they declare that they are going to visit a reproductive health clinic? What level of sensitive personal information must be disclosed to a Border Patrol agent?

Who will come to Canada – which women, which pregnant women? – and why is currently the subject of speculation. But we can be sure that demand from abroad will increase, that this will put pressure on the Canadian system, that combinations of drugs used for medical abortion will become increasingly scarce or difficult to obtain, and stratified reproductive rights will be limited. revealed and reproduced.

The Trudeau government impressed with its rhetorical commitments to feminist foreign policy, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive rights at home and abroad, but it often failed to achieve gender justice.

With an appeal Rowe vs. WadeLet’s hope Canada is ready to meet its commitments to women’s reproductive health and rights on both sides of the border.

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