EDITORIAL| Volume 35, ISSUE 6, P607-608, December 2022

Reproductive Justice and Adolescents in a Post-Roe United States

        The US Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson reversed nearly 50 years of legal precedent following the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. This decision was an assault on reproductive justice that disproportionately impacts adolescents and young adults. The decision allowed states to enact laws curtailing induced abortions; in some states trigger laws had been enacted prior to the overturn of Roe v. Wade leading to an almost immediate ban on abortions. Some of these laws have been enjoined from enforcement, but others have gone into effect. Other states are in the process of enacting laws to protect abortion rights and access. The “abortion landscape” has been described as fragmented and increasingly polarized. An interactive map, available and regularly updated by the Guttmacher Institute at, illustrates state-specific abortion policies, describing laws that range from most restrictive to most protective of abortion rights. Clinicians well know how to access this information, but accessing comprehensive reproductive healthcare which includes abortion access has long been a challenge for adolescents and young adults (AYA). Imagine the 14 year old who is unexpectedly pregnant, and unaware of where to seek help or what the laws are in her state.
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