Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the unconstitutional “abortion rights” that were invented by the Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973, many Americans are wondering what it all means. The short answer is this: The battle over abortion will now be fought on a state-by-state basis.
States are now free to decide whether to allow any restrictions or expansion of abortion.
Some states already had trigger bans or other pre-existing abortion restrictions on the books, and those are now taking effect because the Supreme Court has ruled there’s no actual, constitutional right to abortion.
At least 13 states had trigger bans on the books. Many of those trigger bans take up to 30 days to take effect, but others are immediate.
As a result of Friday’s ruling, abortion is now illegal and has come to a halt in states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Utah, South Dakota, and Kentucky.
“Louisiana – access to abortions ended today. The state now bans abortions, including medication abortions, with exceptions for life of the mother and for pregnancies ‘medically futile’. Louisiana’s three clinics have stopped providing abortions,” PBS’s Lisa Desjardins reports.
Brian Lawson, a reporter for WHNT News 19 in Huntsville, AL, says, “A federal judge in Montgomery has lifted the 2019 injunction that blocked Alabama’s abortion ban from going into effect. The judge found that w/ today’s Dobbs decision the legal basis for the injunction “no longer exists.”
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