Abortion rights demonstrators protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on June 24 after the court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Credit: Jason Garza for The Texas Tribune

What you need to know about abortion in Texas

The nation’s high court has eliminated the constitutional protection for abortion. Clinics in Texas stopped providing the procedure immediately. We’re answering our readers’ questions.

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BY MEGAN MUNCE, Texas Tribune, texastribune.org

What is Roe v. Wade?

Why was Roe v. Wade overturned?

Is abortion still legal in Texas?

Does the law apply to military bases and Native American reservations?

​​Could this law apply to me if I got an abortion in the past?

Can I get abortion in Texas if I have a life-threatening pregnancy?

Are there exceptions in Texas’ ban on abortion for rape or incest?

Is it still legal for Texans to get abortions in other states?

Where abortions will be banned

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, which eliminates the constitutional protection for abortion and allows states to set their own laws. Texas passed a law that sets up an abortion ban that takes effect 30 days after the Supreme Court’s formal judgment is issued. Most of Texas’ neighboring states have passed similar trigger laws. Abortions are legal in Kansas, but residents will vote in August on a constitutional amendment to overturn protections.

Are birth control and emergency contraceptives still legal?

Who will be affected by today’s ruling?

Is there precedent for the court rolling back rights like this?

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