Multiple Republican-controlled states moved to immediately ban abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“First, 13 states with ‘trigger bans,’ designed to take effect as soon as Roe is overturned, will ban abortion within 30 days,” The Washington Post reported. “Several other states where recent antiabortion legislation has been blocked by the courts are expected to act next, with lawmakers moving to activate their dormant legislation. A handful of states also have pre-Roe abortion bans that could be brought back to life.”
States with “trigger bans” include Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Next up are five states that do not have “trigger bans”—Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa—but have passed laws going after abortion but courts have struck those laws down. The Post notes with Roe v. Wade being overturned, those laws could easily go into effect.
“While Indiana has not passed a strict abortion ban, the Republican-led state could go into special session this summer to crack down on the procedure,” the Post added. “Meanwhile, West Virginia, another Republican-led state, never repealed its pre-Roe abortion ban, and recently added a constitutional amendment specifying that West Virginians do not have a right to abortion.”
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) will reportedly seek a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
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