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Life After Roe v Wade

Librarian for Gender & Sexuality Studies

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Melinda Brown
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Purpose of Guide

Resources about life after the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision in 2022.

Resources are:

  • primarily for the United States
  • may be restricted to current Vanderbilt students, faculty & staff


Interactive U.S. Map showing states by abortion policy (color coded)

Interactive Map: US Abortion Policies and Access After Roe

The abortion landscape is fragmented and increasingly polarized. Many states have abortion restrictions or bans in place that make it difficult, if not impossible, for people to get care. Other states have taken steps to protect abortion rights and access. To help people understand this complex landscape, our interactive map groups states into one of seven categories based on abortion policies they currently have in effect. Users can select any state to see details about abortion policies in place, characteristics of state residents and key abortion statistics, including driving distance to the nearest abortion clinic.

The map reflects state policies in effect as of October 16, 2022.

For decades, the Center for Reproductive Rights has brought cases in state courts to build strong abortion protections at the state level independent of federal law. In its new report, “State Constitutions and Abortion Rights: Building protections for reproductive autonomy,” the Center outlines 10 states in which high courts have recognized that their state constitutions protect abortion rights and access independently from and more strongly than the U.S. Constitution or have struck down restrictions that were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Conversations about abortion must include all people who can become pregnant

"Transgender abortion patients and the provision of transgender-specific care at non-hospital facilities that provide abortions"

Rachel K. Jones, Guttmacher Institute; Elizabeth Witwer, Guttmacher Institute; Jenna Jerman, Guttmacher Institute

Study first published on Contraception: X: 



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