Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade following the 6-3 Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization last month, states across the country have begun implementing laws to protect the unborn — summarized in an analysis done by Fox News.
About half the states are reportedly expected to enact abortion bans — with some being total in nature, while others only ban abortion after 15 weeks. In contrast, states led by Democrats are either maintaining their current abortion laws or in some cases even expanding access.
For about a dozen states, the overturning of Roe activated “trigger laws,” that banned abortion immediately — or will ban it soon, following court challenges — in their localities.
These states include Texas, Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Mississippi.
The aforementioned states have also been successful — or will soon be successful — with banning abortion in their states, not counting several exceptions. There are some states, however, where abortion bans have been blocked as they undergo legal review.
Abortion bans in Arizona, Louisiana, Kentucky, Utah, and West Virginia have all been halted by courts. Despite these challenges, some abortion providers have stopped performing the procedure — like in Arizona and Utah.
Other states, however, have continued to schedule abortions as the legal proceedings continue such as Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia.
In addition to the states that have instituted bans, others have taken a less restrictive approach.
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Six-week abortion bans have been put into place in South Carolina, Ohio, and Georgia while a 15-week abortion ban has been instituted in Florida.
Meanwhile, there are multiple states where increasing restrictions on abortion could occur, but depend upon the results of upcoming elections or state constitutional amendments. These would include Alaska, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia.
The most recent state to potentially change its abortion laws would be Kansas. Voters are set to decide if the state constitution should grant — or not grant — the right to an abortion, on the August 2nd ballot.
Kentuckians, likewise, will be voting on an amendment to their constitution later this year in November.
There is a current proposal in the state of Michigan, by contrast, which would result in an amendment vote to ensure total abortion access.
Currently, the proposal, which has been pushed forward by the organization “Reproductive Freedom for All,” will be put on the November ballot if it is approved by the Board of State Canvassers.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade has brought the abortion debate to every state legislature in the country and it is now front and center.
This turn of events has forced both pro-lifers and pro-choice supporters to go out, change hearts, change minds, and let democracy work the way it should — by deferring to the states and thereby empowering the individual.
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