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Marion McKeone: As abortion clampdown begins, options to soften its impact are limited

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade has taken effect immediately, with women from minority and low-income backgrounds set to bear the brunt of the draconian ruling

Abortion rights demonstrators gather in Raleigh, North Carolina, to protest against the US Supreme Court’s decision on Friday. Picture: Getty

Before the ink had dried on the United States Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade ruling, Democrats were assessing its likely impact on the looming midterm elections, and the legal options available to the Department of Justice and the White House to minimise its impact on the reproductive health of American women and girls.

The immediate options are limited. Merrick Garland, the attorney general, has pledged that the Department of Justice will protect the right of ...