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After abortion ruling, U.S. clinic staff grapple with trauma

Nationwide, U.S. workers at clinics that shuttered abortion services are feeling fear and stress as they try to pick up the pieces and chart a path forward. At the Women's Health Center of West Virginia, the days following the historic court ruling brought on a different kind of grief for staff as their new reality set in.

Women's Health Center of West Virginia's executive director, Katie Quinonez, speaks to a crowd at a vigil outside the Robert C. Byrd federal Courthouse in Charleston, W.Va. on June 24, 2022. The Women's Health Center, West Virginia's only abortion clinic, had to suspend abortion services after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision because of a state law dating back to the 1800s that makes abortion care a felony. (AP Photo/Leah M. Willingham)

Medication abortion is common. Here's how it works

Medication abortions became the preferred method for ending pregnancy in the U.S. even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. These involve taking two prescription medicines days apart -- at home or in a clinic.

FILE - Boxes of the drug mifepristone line a shelf at the West Alabama Women's Centre in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)


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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)