The latest on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

By Aditi Sangal, Mike Hayes, Elise Hammond and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 8:07 PM ET, Mon June 27, 2022
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12:57 p.m. ET, June 27, 2022

22 attorneys general reaffirm commitment to supporting and expanding access to abortion care in their states

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Twenty two attorneys general reaffirmed their commitment to expanding access to abortion care in their states in a joint statement issued Monday.

The coalition – comprised of the attorneys general of New York California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington – said that “when it comes to abortion care, it’s your body and your right to choose.”

“Nobody else gets to make those decisions," the statement added.

The officials said “broad access to abortion remains protected in states that recognize reproductive freedom,” including in their states.

“For those unable to make the journey, laws banning abortion in their home states will lead to poorer health outcomes and reduced socioeconomic opportunities," they said.

“Those harms will fall disproportionately on people of color and people with fewer resources, further perpetuating our nation’s historical inequities," they continued.

11:02 a.m. ET, June 27, 2022

Here are some US companies that will cover travel costs for employees who need an abortion

From CNN's Clare Duffy and Jennifer Korn

After the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, corporate giants from a range of industries pledged to provide support and financial assistance for employees — and, in some cases, their dependents — seeking abortions in states that outlaw the procedure.

The court's ruling could force millions of people seeking abortions to travel across state lines to access the procedure, adding to the cost of an already often expensive healthcare service. For many, employers' benefit packages may be the only way they can afford an abortion.

Companies such as Citigroup, Salesforce and Match Group first promised financial support to employees seeking abortions in affected states after a draft version of the opinion leaked in May. Many more followed suit on Friday.

Corporate America is increasingly being drawn from the political sidelines on the abortion issue in response to pressure from investors, customers and employees. Companies are also struggling to attract and retain talent, and worry about the impact these states' anti-abortion laws could have on their workers.

Here are some of the prominent companies offering expanded assistance to staff in states curtailing abortion care.

  • Microsoft: Microsoft extended its financial support for "critical healthcare," including abortions and gender-affirming care, to include coverage for travel expenses for such services, after the draft opinion overturning Roe was first leaked.
  • Apple: The company's existing benefits package allows employees to travel out of state for medical care if it is unavailable in their home state, according to an Apple spokesperson.
  • Meta: The tech giant intends to offer travel expense reimbursement "to the extent permitted by law" for employees seeking out-of-state health care and reproductive services, according to a spokesperson. "We are in the process of assessing how best to do so given the legal complexities involved," the Meta spokesperson said in a statement.
  • Yelp: Yelp's existing health care plan for US employees pays for women, family members and partners to travel out of states with strict abortion laws, such as Texas and Oklahoma, which ban abortions after six weeks. "Business leaders must step up to support the health and safety of their employees by speaking out against the wave of abortion bans that will be triggered as a result of this decision, and call on Congress to codify Roe into law," Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder of Yelp, said in a statement Friday.
  • Disney: Disney employees who are unable to access medical care in one location will be given affordable coverage to access the same care in another location, according to a company spokesperson. The benefit covers family planning and pregnancy-related decisions.
  • Uber: Uber's US insurance plans already cover reproductive health benefits, including abortion and travel expenses to access health care. The rideshare company will also reimburse any drivers sued under state law for providing transportation to a clinic through the app, according to an Uber spokesperson.
  • Netflix: The streaming company offers travel reimbursement coverage for US full-time employees and their dependents who need to travel for health care treatments including abortions and gender-affirming care, a Netflix spokesperson told CNN. The company provides a lifetime allowance of $10,000 per employees (or their dependents) per service.
  • Bumble: Bumble, a female-driven dating app, said Friday that it will support its employees' ability to access "the healthcare services they need," including abortion care. A Bumble spokesperson added that the company will donate to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
  • Match Group: Dating app company Match Group in October established a partnership with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles to provide abortion access for its Texas employees and their dependents. The company is currently considering expanding that benefit to all its US staff, including remote employees in states with trigger laws that may soon ban abortions, according to a Match spokesperson. Match health care plans also help to cover travel and lodging costs for employees who need to travel to receive care, the spokesperson said.
  • will cover employee travel and medical expenses incurred by employees while seeking reproductive services.
  • Levi Strauss: The denim company previously said that under its benefits plan, employees can be reimbursed for travel expenses for services not available in their home state, including abortion. Part-time staff and others who aren't included in the company's benefits plan are also eligible for reimbursement.
  • Comcast-NBC Universal: Comcast has an existing health care travel benefit for all employees that covers up to $4,000 per trip, up to three trips per year, with a maximum coverage cap of $10,000 per year. The amount paid out depends on the type of health care procedure, but abortion care is covered, according to the company.
  • Warner Bros Discovery: Warner Brothers Discovery, which owns CNN, on Friday expanded health care benefits options to include expenses for employees and their covered family members who need to travel to access abortions and other reproductive care, according to a company spokesperson.
  • Condé Nast: The media company said Friday it will reimburse travel and lodging for employees who need abortion, infertility or gender-reaffirming services and cannot obtain them locally.
  • JPMorgan Chase: JPMorgan on Friday said that its health care benefits have long covered abortion care. And starting in July, abortion will be included in the company's health care travel benefit that covers services that can only be obtained far from home, according to spokesperson Joseph Evangelisti.
  • Nike: The sportswear company said in a statement that it covers travel and lodging expenses in situations where health care services are not available close to home, according to a statement Nike released Friday.
  • Starbucks: The coffee company is providing employees enrolled in its health care plan a medical travel benefit to access an abortion, according to a public letter to employees by Sara Kelly, Starbucks acting executive vice president of partner resources.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods: For employees who live in a state that restricts abortion access, Dick's will provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement to travel to the nearest location where care is legally available, the company said in a statement Friday. The benefit will be provided to any employee, spouse or dependent enrolled in its medical plan, along with one support person.
  • Kroger: The grocer's health care package includes travel benefits of up to $4,000 to facilitate access for reproductive healthcare services, including abortion and fertility treatments, according to a Kroger spokesperson.
  • Alaska Airlines: Alaska Airlines said in a statement that it has always provided travel reimbursements for "certain medical procedures and treatments if they are not available where you live."
  • Goldman Sachs: Goldman Sachs on Friday extended its health care travel reimbursement policies to include all medical procedures, treatments and evaluations, including abortion services, in areas where a provider is not available near to where its employees live, a benefit that will be effective July 1, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN.
  • Zillow: Zillow said in a statement Friday that its health benefits cover a wide range of reproductive health services, including abortions. The company said that as of June 1, its health plan has been updated to include a reimbursement of up to $7,500 "each time significant travel is necessary to access health care, including reproductive services."

CNN's Brian Fung, Vanessa Yurkevich, Allison Morrow, Sara O'Brien, Rachel Solomon and Ramishah Maruf contributed to this report.

3:27 p.m. ET, June 27, 2022

White House warns of Republican efforts to "strip women of their rights" nationwide following Roe ruling

From CNN's Betsy Klein

The Biden administration is firing back amid intensifying Republican-led efforts to legislate and implement a nationwide abortion ban at 15 weeks following the Supreme Court’s historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — the White House framing that push as a GOP effort to take away women’s rights.

After the Supreme Court overturned the landmark women’s reproductive health bill and upheld the Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks, some House Republicans who oppose abortion rights are pushing legislation to implement a nationwide abortion ban at 15 weeks. 

Such legislation does not currently have the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, but the push for such a ban is a notable effort given that Republicans have a strong chance to take back control of the House in this year's midterms. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed support for the idea on Friday, and former Vice President Mike Pence commended the court in a statement and also lent his support to enacting a 15-week ban across the country.

White House Gender Policy Council director Jen Klein lambasted such efforts Monday.

White House Gender Policy Council director Jen Klein.
White House Gender Policy Council director Jen Klein. (Ron Sachs/CNP/Bloomberg/Getty images)

“Already Vice President Pence and GOP Leader McCarthy have announced their support for a nationwide ban on abortion, passed by Congress. No woman in any state – no matter how pro-choice that state – would have the right to choose. Abortion would be illegal everywhere. The ultra-MAGA agenda on choice has never been about 'states' rights.’ This has always been about taking away women’s rights, in every single state,” Klein said in a statement provided exclusively to CNN.  

As President Joe Biden and other top officials have called on Americans to make their voices heard at the ballot box in November, Klein framed the choice in stark terms, offering a preview of White House messaging on the matter. 

“So let’s be clear, this goes one of two ways: We either have a House and Senate that puts Roe into federal law or a House and Senate that push ultra-MAGA policies that strip women of their rights in all 50 states. Congress will either protect women everywhere or strip away their rights everywhere,” she said. 

Klein has been among the White House officials leading the White House response to the Supreme Court ruling, forming an interagency working group and shaping the administration’s outreach to key stakeholder groups. While Biden is traveling abroad to key summits this week, Klein will be among top administration officials’ efforts to speak publicly in the aftermath of the ruling this week.

The sharpened language comes as Biden has begun drawing contrasts in his midterm messaging, going after the “ultra-MAGA agenda” of the right compared to his policies. The President has outlined steps his administration is taking at the federal level as the White House continues to field pressure from Democrats to do more.

"This decision must not be the final word," Biden said in remarks from the foyer of the White House Friday. "My administration will use all of its appropriate lawful powers. Congress must act. And your vote? You can have the final word. This is not over."

The steps he laid out in his remarks — expanding access to medication abortion and ensuring women are able to cross state lines to obtain abortions — had been a primary focus of his team after dozens of conversations with abortion rights advocates and experts over the past two months.

CNN’s Melanie Zanona, Manu Raju, and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

9:42 a.m. ET, June 27, 2022

These states are moving to restrict abortion rights

From CNN's Kelly McCleary

Friday's Supreme Court ruling allowed states to immediately begin setting their own abortion policy, leaving people across the country with varying levels of access.

Nine states now have outright bans on abortions, with varying exceptions or none at all. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.

Friday's Supreme Court ruling allowed states to immediately begin setting their own abortion policy, leaving people across the country with varying levels of access.

Nine states now have outright bans on abortions, with varying exceptions or none at all. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin.

In Ohio, a six-week ban went into effect went into effect following the Supreme Court decision Friday. A six-week ban in Texas went into effect last year.

States with abortion bans expected to take effect in the coming days and weeks include Wyoming, Mississippi, Tennessee and Idaho.

In Arizona, where abortion providers began canceling appointments immediately following Friday's ruling, the state Senate Republican Caucus issued a memo demanding the state immediately enforce the pre-Roe law, which bans most abortions unless the procedure is necessary to save the life of a mother.

9:27 a.m. ET, June 27, 2022

Activists launch new legal battle to secure abortion rights

From CNN's Kelly McCleary

State leaders in Utah are already facing legal action after the state moved quickly to ban most abortions following the Friday ruling.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit claiming the newly enacted law violates multiple civil liberties guaranteed in the state's constitution, such as the right to determine family composition and equal protection, among others.

Performing an abortion in Utah under its ban is now a second-degree felony in nearly all cases, according to the lawsuit, which names the governor and the attorney general among the defendants.

The law allows for abortion if there is danger to the mother's health, uniformly diagnosable health conditions detected in the fetus or when the mother's pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood said the measure will have a disparate impact on women as opposed to men, and violates the right to bodily integrity, involuntary servitude, as well as the right to privacy.

"When the Act took effect, PPAU (Plaintiff Planned Parenthood Association of Utah) and its staff were forced to immediately stop performing abortions in Utah beyond those few that are permitted by the Act. If relief is granted in this case, PPAU's health centers would resume providing abortions that would not qualify for any of the Act's exceptions," the lawsuit reads.

CNN has reached out to Gov. Spencer Cox's office for comment on the lawsuit but did not receive a response Saturday. Attorney General Sean D. Reyes' office told CNN it had no comment on the lawsuit.

2:21 p.m. ET, June 27, 2022

Fourth day of protests planned across the US today

From CNN's Kelly McCleary

Abortion rights supporters raise their fists during a moment of silence as they protest in Washington, DC, on June 26.
Abortion rights supporters raise their fists during a moment of silence as they protest in Washington, DC, on June 26. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

A fourth day of demonstrations is planned Monday in several locations across the US following a weekend of packed protests decrying the loss of a nearly 50-year-old legal protection, while some gatherings celebrated the ruling.

At least 10 states have effectively banned abortion since Friday's ruling, and in all, 26 states have laws indicating they could outlaw or set extreme limits on abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization which supports abortion rights.

Demonstrations against the ruling have been largely peaceful, but a few arrests have been reported.

Read more here.

9:05 a.m. ET, June 27, 2022

These states are looking at ways to protect abortion rights

From CNN's Aya Elamroussi and Gregory Krieg

Several states are working to protect abortion rights — and efforts were ramping up among Democratic leaders and lawmakers on Sunday — following the US Supreme Court's ruling eliminating the federal constitutional right to an abortion, with Saturday marking the first full day without the nationwide protection in nearly 50 years.

The impact of Friday's historic ruling that struck down a 1973 legal precedent known as Roe v. Wade was felt immediately, with at least 10 states effectively banning abortion as of Saturday night. Another five states are expected to enact varying trigger laws limiting abortion in the coming days and weeks, including Wyoming, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Idaho.

In all, 26 states have laws that indicate they could outlaw or set extreme limits on abortions, effectively banning the procedure in those states, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.

As some states move to restrict abortion rights, others are taking steps to better protect and expand abortion access and funding. Here are some of those states:

California: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a new law strengthening abortion rights in the state. California’s new law, passed by the state legislature on Thursday, will create a protective shield against any potential civil action originating outside the state for anyone performing, assisting, or receiving an abortion in the state. AB 1666 will protect not just California residents but anyone visiting the state seeking reproductive health care. The new law is just one of more than a dozen bills making their way through the legislature, aiming to strengthen and protect abortion access. Other proposed bills would seek to focus on root causes of reproductive health inequities, enhance privacy protections, and allow qualified nurse practitioners to provide first-trimester abortions.

Minnesota: Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order Saturday providing protections for people who travel into the state for reproductive health care from states where abortion is illegal or criminalized, his office said. The announcement comes as Red River Women's Clinic — the only clinic that performs abortions in neighboring North Dakota — is preparing to move its services to Minnesota.

Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee promised to create a "sanctuary state" for reproductive choice for people across the country. In doing so, Inslee announced an upcoming executive order that will direct state police not to comply with extradition efforts from other states seeking to penalize those who travel to Washington to receive an abortion. He didn't specify when the executive order will be released and or when it will take effect.

Wisconsin: Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vowed to "fight this decision in every way we can with every power we have," after his Republican-controlled state legislature declined to repeal the state's 1849 law banning abortion, which is taking effect again following the Supreme Court ruling. "Our office is reviewing today's decision and will be providing further information about how we intend to move forward next week," Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement Friday.

CNN's Cheri Mossburg contributed reporting to this post.