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Plans for Casper health clinic that will offer abortion services will continue despite draft opinion

Wellspring Health Access

Plans for a reproductive healthcare clinic that will offer abortion services to open in Casper next month are not affected by the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion indicating the justices may overturn Roe v. Wade.

That's according to Julie Burkhart, the president of the company which is opening the clinic, Wellspring Health Access. Burkhart said the fact that the justices may overturn the right to abortion is more of a reason to fight for abortion access in Wyoming.

"At the end of the day, we just felt like it was more important to keep forging ahead and then fight those battles if and when they appear," said Burkhart.

Burkhart said they decided to open a reproductive health clinic that offers surgical abortions because concerned locals reached out to her.

"There are all of these unknowns out there which could be detrimental, but we felt that we owed it to people in the state and the community to keep pushing ahead with the work and to not sit and wait," she said.

Last month, abortion-rights opponents protested outside of the future clinic's location in Casper.

This clinic will be the only facility in the state to offer surgical abortions. A clinic in Jackson offers medication abortion. The Wyoming State Legislature passed what's known as a trigger law this past session. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, in five days, abortion would be illegal in the state.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. She has won a regional Murrow award for her reporting on mental health and firearm owners. During her time leading the Wyoming Public Media newsroom, reporters have won multiple PMJA, Murrow and Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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