The recent Supreme Court decision to declare Roe v. Wade unconstitutional has ignited a firestorm of heated debate.
The ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court returns the topic of abortion legality to the states; constituents and legislators in each state will now decide for their own states.
In the United States, abortion is not illegal, but each state has the freedom to determine its own abortion regulations, as it does with any matter not directly covered by the Constitution.
There are now restrictions on abortion in at least a few states, as some states had legislation in existence prior to the 1973 decision, and those laws are once again lawful unless they are challenged.
Other states have in place so-called “Trigger Bans” in case the Supreme Court ruling remained unchanged.
The Trigger Bans have been implemented.
According to Politico, thirteen states have Trigger Bans.
These prohibitions would let laws to take effect immediately a number of days following the Supreme Court’s judgment.
Politico cited the “fetal heartbeat” laws in Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa, which restrict abortions after a fetal heartbeat is found, roughly six weeks after conception.
Only three states, South Dakota, Louisiana, and Kentucky, have laws that prohibit most abortions immediately.
In the majority of states, planned draconian regulations have exceptions, such as saving the mother’s life in the event of rape or incest.
In the remaining 27 states, abortion will remain legal, although their rules are not uniform, Politico reported.
Professor of reproductive health care at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, Greer Donley, told Politico that it might take months for all the legal maneuvering to be done and for the nation to have a clearer picture of where abortion is legal.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Until then, Donley said, it will be difficult to explain to people the legal landscape of abortion.
“Literally, all I do all day is think about abortion law,” Donley said. ” It’s m only job. And there’s questions I can’t answer.”
Even more legal battles ensue.
The abortion pill, RU486, is under discussion.
NBC News reported that Attorney General Mark Merrick indicated in a speech on Friday that the DOJ would combat any Republican efforts to restrict access to abortion pills after the SCOTUS ruling on Friday. CONTINUE READING…