28 Jun 2022

More than a dozen Am Law 100 firms commit to covering travel for out-of-state abortion care

Some 76 Am Law 100 firms have offices in states that have banned or restricted abortions, Above The Law research shows

Washington DC USA June 24 2022 Protests after US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade

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At least 15 Am Law 100 firms with offices in US states that have imposed abortion bans have so far said they will cover travel expenses for out-of-state medical care, according to Above The Law.

Those firms include Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Cozen O’Connor, Dorsey & Whitney, Hogan Lovells, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, McDermott Will & Emery, Morgan Lewis, Morrison Foerster, Proskauer, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Ropes & Gray, Seyfarth Shaw, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

There are 76 firms in the Am Law 100 with offices in states that have imposed legislation to restrict women’s rights, either via outright bans on abortion or limiting access. 

Six US Supreme Court Justices – three of whom were appointed by twice impeached former president Donald Trump – last week voted to rip up almost half a century of precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade and ending women’s constitutional right to reproductive freedom. The right to abortion will now be decided by individual states.

Some firms said they were reviewing the situation but had yet to commit to covering travel expenses. A spokesperson for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner told Above The Law: “The well-being of our colleagues continues to be our top priority and we are exploring our options to maintain access to health care services that may no longer be available in their state of residence.”

The American Bar Association said it was doing everything it can to support reproductive choice.

“Limiting this choice can have devastating consequences for those who are pregnant and can adversely affect their physical and mental health, their lives and the lives of their families,” ABA president Reginald Turner said in a statement on Friday.

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