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On June 24, 2002, the US Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Court’s majority decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito was substantially the same as a draft opinion leaked a month earlier. The regulation of abortion will now be decided by the states, with about half currently or will soon ban or severely restrict abortion access. In this Viewpoint, we explain the Dobbs ruling and what it means for physicians, public health, and society.

We focus on new legal frontiers in the constitutional right to abortion, including medication abortion and FDA preemption of state bans, restricting travel to states that permit abortions, and access to contraception, miscarriage management, and assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization.

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The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online first, July 8, 2022.