How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the US

Wait times increase in New Mexico and other states with fewer restrictions on health care

By: - October 15, 2021 5:46 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 21, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images)

One consequence will be longer wait times for patients and longer work days for providers. Some people may need to travel to neighboring Colorado to obtain abortions, she said.

For states and residents seeking abortion services, legal clarity on what comes next also will be a matter of waiting.

The Mississippi case will be heard by the Supreme Court in a few weeks, but a decision isn’t likely until next year, potentially as late as the end of the court’s session in June.

Until then, abortion providers and activists who support abortion rights will be left to watch the court weigh arguments on whether a state law banning abortions much earlier than the Roe standard can be constitutional.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura Olson covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.