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Even before the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Southeastern Massachusetts has been described as an abortion desert in the middle of one of the most progressive states in the union.

How will last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning abortion rights affect the South Coast? Will relatives and friends of area residents who live in states that outlaw abortion come back to the region seeking services? Will the present South Coast nonprofit groups that fund transportation and abortions for local low-income women traveling to out-of-area clinics have enough resources in a post-Roe environment?

The New Bedford Light’s Jack Spillane was joined by women leaders from across South Coast for a special episode of The Chat on Wednesday evening to talk about abortion rights in Greater New Bedford after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Correction: A caller to The Chat asking about the position of an elected official on abortion rights was misidentified. The caller was Shannon McMahon, a candidate for Bristol  County district attorney.


About 40 protesters chanted against the Supreme Court’s decision overturning abortion rights Friday afternoon at the intersection of County and Union streets in New Bedford.