Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a column outlining how state attorneys general can blunt the consequences of abortion bans following the far-right Supreme Court’s radical decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The new analysis examines how attorneys general—whether or not they hold office in states seeking to criminalize abortion—can leverage their power to ensure patients have access to this essential health care.
The column finds that attorneys general can best protect and support in-state abortion rights through effectively directing law enforcement resources, providing needed legal guidance and interpretation, and ensuring proper insurance and reimbursement. Attorneys general can also take action on the regional or national level by collaborating with other attorneys general to advance abortion rights and access.
“Attorneys general are set to play a pivotal role in the post-Roe country in which we now live,” said Maggie Jo Buchanan, senior director of the Women’s Initiative at CAP and co-author of the column. “This column outlines the several ways attorneys general can seek to protect women, patients, and doctors in order to ensure the privacy, health, and safety of people both within and across their state borders.”
Please click here to read “How State Attorneys General Can Protect Abortion Rights” by Maggie Jo Buchanan and Elyssa Spitzer.
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