What Would The End Of Roe V. Wad Mean For Pregnancy Behind Bars?

Even with Roe intact, some jail and prison systems have made it nearly impossible for incarcerated people to obtain an abortion, sometimes forcing them to fight in court to access their constitutional right to abortion care.

A study of 22 state prison systems, conducted by Sufrin and other researchers and published last year, found that prisoners in 13 states were required to pay for their own abortions—likely an insurmountable cost for people who may earn only pennies an hour. 

Three state prison systems prohibited incarcerated people from accessing abortions, even though courts have repeatedly established that Roe applies to prisoners.

Considering the “abysmal” state of healthcare in U.S. prisons and jails, being forced to carry a pregnancy to term behind bars is a particularly dangerous prospect for incarcerated people.


Thanks to Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg of The Appeal for her reporting at this precarious moment.