The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Jack­son v. Dobbs case is a devast­at­ing blow to the rule of law and democracies. It affects the rights of women of color and low-income individuals. For 64 percent of Americans, Roe v. Wade should be upheld.

Since the Supreme Court ruled that abortion was not a constitutional right, 43 clinics in the country have been forced to stop providing services to women.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the number of clinics that provide abortion services decreased significantly in the states that enacted total or six-week abortion bans following the Supreme Court’s decision.

Most clinic closures occurred in the South and Midwest, with several states banning abortion altogether. Other states, such as Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, have also enacted six-week bans. Despite the numerous lawsuits filed in response to the court’s decision, many clinics that provide abortion services were still forced to close. They faced the possibility of being charged with felony charges.

Less than two weeks before the court’s decision to overturn Roe was released, the Guttmacher Institute reported that the number of abortions in the United States increased for the first time in over 30 years. In 2020, there were over 930,000 abortions performed in the country, equivalent to about one in five pregnancies that ended in abortion. Getting an abortion in the U.S. was difficult, with around 81,000 individuals out of 930,000 going to other states to receive care.

The next step in the fight for justice and free and fair elec­tions is the ballot. Citizens in the U.S. must continue holding elected officials accountable for their actions and ensure that the issues that affect them are resolved. This includes members of Congress, state governors, and local officials. Every one of them has a vital role in ensuring that the issues that affect people are resolved.

In the courts, there are also opportunities to bring about new argu­ments for women’s rights and state autonomy. The long-standing push for the Equal Rights Amend­ment could strengthen the protec­tions and argu­ments for women’s rights across the country. Finally, an ongoing drive to ensure that the government has robust guard­rails is essen­tial.