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Abortion Bans Are Limiting What Some Doctors and Med Students Are Taught

The shortage of abortion providers is expected to worsen, post-Roe 

The now-closed Jackson Women's Health Organization, at the center of the Supreme Court case

overturning Roe v. Wade, in Jackson, Mississippi on July 6.

The now-closed Jackson Women's Health Organization, at the center of the Supreme Court case

overturning Roe v. Wade, in Jackson, Mississippi on July 6.

Photographer: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Abortion care is one of the most common medical procedures in the US, yet even before the fall of Roe v. Wade, doctors and students had to navigate tricky legal and educational hurdles to train as abortion providers. With last month’s Supreme Court decision freeing states to ban abortions, those barriers are growing.

Some abortion advocates are warning that recent moves could aggravate the nationwide shortage of trained abortion providers, making the procedure scarcer — even in blue states that are acting to guarantee access — than first thought.