More people traveling to Massachusetts for abortion care

September 19, 2023 – In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson overturned the constitutional right to abortion, leading many states to pass laws that restricted abortion access. In the months following the decision, more people traveled to Massachusetts—a state with few restrictions—to access abortion care, according to a study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Harvard Medical School.

“It was hard to predict before Dobbs what the impact would be, in part because the Dobbs decision affected such a large number of people,” said study author Elizabeth Janiak, assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, in a September 6 Boston Globe article. “It’s been 50 years since we’ve had this number of people in the US not have access. How people would decide where to go…
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