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May 13, 2022

With Roe v. Wade in jeopardy, getting a safe abortion will become more difficult and costly.

Abortions have been legal in the U.S. for nearly 50 years, following the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. That could change with the Justices poised to overturn the historic ruling, according to a leaked draft opinion obtained by Politico last week. This means the right to an abortion would be kicked to the state level.

Estimates vary for how many people get the procedure each year, with 630,000 on the low end to around 886,000 based on other models. The median cost of a medication abortion, which make up just over half the total, was $560 in 2020 without insurance. For context, about one-third of American households would be unable or have difficulty paying a $400 emergency expense. A patchwork system with various prohibitions across different states means accessing safe abortions, whether medication or surgical, will become more difficult and costly, especially as people will be forced to travel greater distances. Here’s a look at some of the numbers.

Read the full story on Forbes: forbes.com/sites/katiejennings/2022/05/07/abortion-by-the-numbers/?sh=1fa33f4c60a8

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