Questions you should be asking your OBGYN post-Roe

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, ruling the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to an abortion. The court’s 6-3 decision in the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturns the protected right to an abortion which had stood for nearly 50 years following the Roe decision. It is not a nationwide abortion ban, but returns the authority to regulate abortion to individual states. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of all states, including most of the South.

With the absence of abortion rights previously protected under Roe v. Wade, patients need to be prepared to have tough conversations with their doctors. Depending on what state you live in, access to abortion and miscarriage protocols may be changing and it’s good to know where your doctor stands and how they will be able to provide care for you. We talked to pro-abortion rights OBGYNs to come up with a list of questions to get you started having these conversations with your doctor.

And while there is no definitive list of pro-abortion rights or “pro-choice” doctors, you can use this database to search to see if your current provider is a member of American Association Of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

For folks who want to get pregnant or are already pregnant:

- Are you watching state and federal legislation that could affect my care, and what should I know it?

- Does the hospital near me have official or unofficial policies that could affect the kind of care I’d receive in an emergency situation such as a miscarriage or heavy vaginal bleeding? Would those policies potentially put me at risk for prosecution?

- If I have a miscarriage, will I have access to a procedure like a D&C if medically indicated?

For folks who don’t want to be pregnant:

- What is the best birth control method for me? Should I change my method of contraception in light of my state’s laws on abortion?

- Is abortion available in my state? If not, what are my options if I don’t want to be pregnant?

- Should I stock emergency contraception, such as Plan B, at home? Where could I get it if I need it, and how do I take it?

Read more: The Southern guide to abortion rights post-Roe

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