After pivoting much of our politics coverage in late February to the developing war in Ukraine, this week saw a bombshell of another sort: the possible overruling of two landmark abortion rights rulings at the Supreme Court, including Roe v. Wade. As anyone not in a cave without Wi-Fi knows by now, a leaked draft of an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito showed that a majority of the justices were likely to rule that the right to an abortion is no longer guaranteed by the Constitution.

Among the many stories we have published since the news broke is “If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there’s no guarantee that people can get abortions in liberal states, either.” Authors Amanda Jean Stevenson from the University of Colorado Boulder and Kate Coleman-Minahan at University of Colorado Denver describe how in recent months, even before the leak was made public, state after state passed highly restrictive abortion laws and, in response, “liberal policymakers” in other states “are quickly positioning their states as abortion havens.”

But “people from states that could ban abortion may not be able to easily get an abortion in more liberal places,” they write. There’s a financial obstacle: state laws that allow private health insurance providers to exclude abortion from their covered services. Then there are the delays in getting an abortion because of increased demand, which could slam up against bans on abortions later in pregnancy, all of which could end up making a person ineligible for an abortion.

Naomi Schalit

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

Anti-abortion protesters use bullhorns to counter abortion rights advocates outside the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022. Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there’s no guarantee that people can get abortions in liberal states, either

Amanda Jean Stevenson, University of Colorado Boulder; Kate Coleman-Minahan, University of Colorado Denver

25 states aren’t expected to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But limits on abortion in these places, too, make it an uncertain refuge for people seeking abortions elsewhere.

Pedestrians walk near three flag poles flying the American flag, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag, and the City of Boston flag, from left, outside Boston City Hall, May 2, 2022. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Why the Supreme Court rejected Boston’s case against raising the Christian flag

Mark Satta, Wayne State University

The Supreme Court ruled May 2, 2022, in Shurtleff v. Boston, a free speech case.

CNN’s hyped streaming service folded after three weeks. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

CNN+ was just the latest failed attempt of the cable news trailblazer to remain relevant

Nolan Higdon, California State University, East Bay

Since the 2020 election, the slide in ratings for many large networks has been particularly acute. What’s driving this exodus, and where are viewers going?

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