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Hit the road, Desert Companion readers! And while you're at it, have a look around. This issue invites you to not only escape to the outdoors, but also to think about the environmental issues affecting our pursuits and our world.

Abortion Travel: By the Numbers

A graphic showing: over 1,000 calls to WWAF in 2023 for aid, 98 calls in January 2024 alone, $260,000 total pledged to WWAF from 2021 to 2023, 30% of calls coming from out of state, most calls originating in Nevada, and $200-250 being the amount most callers ask for
Source: Wild West Access Fund

It’s been almost two years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning a woman’s right to an abortion. Soon after, the nonprofit Wild West Access Fund began distributing funds to help offset travel and medical costs for women who seek abortion care in Nevada, where it’s legal up to 24 weeks. As the court prepares to rule on access to medications that allow a woman to end a pregnancy, the organization shared some numbers, offering a window into changes in this type of travel.

2023 marked a year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing the right to an abortion. The consequences have been dramatic.

Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.