Some States Have ‘Trigger Laws’ in Place to Make Abortion Illegal in Case of Possible Roe v. Wade Reversal

There’s been a lot of talk as to whether the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade – but some argue it’s already been reversed in many ways.

Roe v. Wade is an almost 50-year-old decision,” notes Dr. Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. “It’s based on old science, and the Court has almost entirely abandoned that framework that’s been set up by Roe and signaled to states that they can regulate abortion in a limited way to protect the life of the unborn child and to protect maternal health.”

However, overturning Roe would not make abortion illegal, Taylor adds. “What it would do is allow the states to have their own choices about abortion policy,” he explains.

At least four states – Mississippi, Louisiana, North Dakota, and South Dakota – have what are known as “trigger laws” that would go into effect automatically in the event SCOTUS overturned its landmark 1973 decision. In that case, says Taylor, “these laws mean that abortion would become illegal in these states.”

Regardless, Taylor thinks intellectual and scientific honesty demands a reconsideration of Roe.

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SOURCE: One News Now, Chris Woodward