A Look at Abortion and State Law
26 states may ban abortion in the event of Roe being overturned, according to the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute. This is great news! Now let’s pray that number grows.
From The Wall Street Journal. A number of states have bans on abortion that predate Roe v. Wade. Such bans have been unenforceable for the past five decades, but states could look to revive them if Roe is overturned. The bans likely wouldn’t go into effect immediately if the Supreme Court abolishes federal abortion rights, leaving it up to states to decide. Instead, they would likely require some type of new state action, like an attorney general issuing an opinion saying that abortion was illegal in the state. Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan—Governor, abortion-rights groups suing over dormant 91-year-old law, Texas—Law is permanently enjoined by a court order.
Some states have so-called trigger laws on the book s, which would ban all or nearly all abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The law would go into effect either automatically or by quick state action. Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming.
Instead of outright bans, some states have sought to set narrower limits on when abortions can be performed during a pregnancy. Many of these laws have been blocked in court, but could take effect if Roe is overturned. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah.
As many Republican-led states have pushed for restrictions on abortions, Democratic lawmakers elsewhere have sought to create new protections establishing a right to the procedure through state laws or, in rare instances, a constitutional amendment. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
(Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal. Photo Credit: Getty Images.)
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