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The decision to overturn Roe upends reproductive health care in states that have enacted abortion bans and restrictions. Already, stories are coming in of patients experiencing denials or delays of care due to the new legal risks health care providers face for knowing that there are no more federal abortion protections. “Three weeks ago, I was making my medically sound, evidence-based decisions about things that I knew were the right ways to proceed with a patient,” says Dr. Tani Malhotra, a high-risk pregnancy physician at the State of Ohio, where a near-total six-week ban went into effect just hours after Roe’s cancellation last month. But because of the confusion caused by vaguely written anti-abortion laws, “we have to call the lawyers first before we can make the decisions now,” she tells Sam Stein. “Should they die before me? There is simply no clarity.

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