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Cities Mobilize for Roe Reversal by Strengthening Abortion Safe Havens

Cities don’t hold much of the power when it comes to abortion rights. But they can help ensure safe care for out-of-state abortion seekers.

The outside of the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis. The clinic is the last location in the state of Missouri performing abortions. 

The outside of the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center in St. Louis. The clinic is the last location in the state of Missouri performing abortions. 

Photographer: Neeta Satam/The Washington Post

City leaders are mobilizing after a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision was leaked that would overturn U.S. abortion rights. If that draft becomes an official ruling to reverse the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in the coming months, states will hold the ultimate power to ban abortions within their own boundaries. 

But especially in blue states that could see a deluge of out-of-state abortion seekers, some city leaders are preparing to support local abortion clinics through funding, coordination and security measures.