Journal of the American Medical Association  |  June 6, 2022

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On May 2, 2022, Politico published a leaked draft of the US Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, upholding a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation except in medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormality. The draft opinion would overturn the landmark Roe v Wade case (1973) that established a constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability. Roe has been settled precedent for a half-century. If the Court’s official ruling does overturn Roe, abortion decisions will devolve to the states to protect, ban, or regulate access, with vast geographic variability.

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