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Arkansas Doctor Stephanie Ho on ‘Trigger Bans’

Arkansas abortion provider Dr. Stephanie Ho explained what "trigger bans" are and how dangerous they could be for the future of reproductive care.

“What this means is that, if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion will be outlawed in Arkansas immediately,” she explained. “If a patient were to be in the middle of their care of their procedure, the appointment would have to end right then and there, finished or not.”

Other states have passed trigger bans this year, including Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Other states like Mississippi, Louisiana North and South Dakota already have trigger bans in the books.

There are currently only three full-time abortion providers in Arkansas, which has about three million people. A majority of their patients have to travel long distances, sometimes four-to-five hours just one way, to get the care that they need. And it Roe v. Wade is overturned by the supreme court, it’ll be even more difficult, if not impossible in some cases, for women to get the care that they want and need.

“For 46 years, the right to safe and legal abortion has been guaranteed,” Dr. Ho said. “If anti-abortion politicians get their way, in huge swaths of the United States, that guarantee will be gone.”

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