“It’s like seeing the train coming at you,” Kaluta, who received the news on her 24th birthday, told CNN. “And you are finally touched by it. And it still hurts more than you ever thought.”
Mia Khatcherian, who lives in New York, said she felt guilty for knowing abortion is legal in her home state, while those living in other states will be subject to anti-abortion laws.
“I want women in other states to see the wave of support — that the sheer number (of protesters) is sending a message,” said Khatcherian, 32, the daughter of a Filipino mother and Armenian father. “Knowing that women of color will be the victims of this decision,” made sitting at home, outraged on social media, an impossibility, she added.
Black women sought the highest rate of abortions in the US in 2019, accounting for 38.4% of all abortions, according to data collected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also had the highest abortion rate, 23.8 abortions per 1,000 women, the data shows. Hispanic women requested 21% of all abortions in 2019, the data shows.
Furthermore, in the US, black women who are pregnant or have just given birth are three to four times more likely to die than their white counterparts, according to the CDC.
When news of the ruling came out Friday morning, abortion proponents and opponents gathered outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
One man — who was surrounded by placards reading “Roe is dead” and “I’m the generation after the Roe” — shot champagne into the air over others celebrating. There were several dozen abortion rights opponents at the site in the afternoon, but it seemed they had been filtered out of the crowd by evening.
In light of the ruling, 13 states have passed a law since Saturday banning abortion. Those states are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.
In some cases, the laws take effect immediately, others take effect after a period of time or require certification by state officials.
The abortion ban is already in effect in at least six states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Abortion providers have canceled dozens of appointments
Abortion providers in Arizona and Arkansas have already started discontinuing abortion services.
Family Planning Associates, Planned Parenthood Arizona and Tucson Choices in Arizona have been put on hold due to a lack of legal clarity, according to reports on their websites.
dr. DeShawn Taylor, who runs Desert Star Family Planning in Phoenix, said her clinic canceled about 20 abortion appointments initially scheduled for Friday through next week.
“We are committed to keeping our doors open if we can, to be able to provide abortion care as soon as it is safe to do so. I believe we will be in dark times for a while, hopefully not for too long, but I do believe that the pendulum will swing back.”
On Friday, the Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus issued a memo stating that the state must immediately enforce the pre-Roe law, which bans most abortions unless the procedure is necessary to save a mother’s life. .
In Arkansas, the Little Rock Planned Parenthood canceled between 60 and 100 appointments for people who had planned or were planning an abortion, said Dr. Janet Cathey to CNN.
“There were patients who said they were in their car and in their way and asked us, ‘It’ll be fine, won’t it?’ and we had to tell them, ‘No, we have to follow the law,’ Cathey told CNN. ‘Most of the patients were desperate or panicked,’ she added.
Cathey added that the patients received contact information from Planned Parenthood’s office in Overland Park, Kansas, adding that her office “has made arrangements to bring some there.”
Little Rock is about a 7-hour drive from Overland Park. But for those patients in southern Arkansas, the travel time is closer to 10 hours, Cathey said.
“We saw people from Louisiana and Texas who also came to see us. Some called from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. They too will be affected,” she added.
Leaders react quickly to protect abortion rights
State and local leaders have taken steps to protect and extend abortion rights, with some taking into account the influx of patients from states that ban legal abortions.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday protecting against any potential civil action from out of state for anyone who performs, assists or receives an abortion in the state. It also protects non-California residents seeking reproductive health care in the state.
In Mississippi, where the abortion ban goes into effect 10 days after the attorney general confirms the Supreme Court’s decision, the owner of the last abortion clinic in the state insisted on remaining open to provide services during that time.
Diane Derzis, who heads the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, said she’s not giving up and her doors are open.
“I’ll tell you that any patient who contacts us, we’ll see them. We’ll make sure we see them during those 10 days,” Derzis said at a news conference Friday. “A woman should not have to leave the state to receive medical care.”
Derzis said her team plans to open a new clinic in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where they will continue to provide services.
CNN’s Gregory Krieg, Virginia Langmaid, Natasha Chen, Sara Smart, Claudia Dominguez, Cheri Mossburg, Kiely Westhoff, Alta Spells and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.