These Are The States That Have Already Made Abortion Illegal And The Ones That Plan To

By Gina Florio··  3 min read
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Today the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade was overturned in the Supreme Court. This means the decision on abortion laws will defer to the states and the federal government no longer has a say in the matter.

We live in a large country with 50 different states, each of them different from the next. That inevitably means that there will be various outcomes across the nation when it comes to abortion laws. There are many states that have been awaiting SCOTUS's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade so they can enact strict abortion laws, while others will very likely keep the policies they currently have in place.

These Are the States That Have Already Made Abortion Illegal

There are 13 states in the U.S. that have trigger ban laws in place, which means they will take effect when a certain condition is met. In this case, these abortion trigger laws will make the procedure illegal (or at least severely restrict the procedure) as soon as Roe v. Wade is overturned. Now that we've arrived there, many states' trigger laws are following through.

Kentucky and Louisiana both have abortion bans that went into effect as soon as the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade. Most abortions in these states are now illegal (there are some caveats such as when a woman's life is in danger), and women seeking abortions will have to travel across state lines to obtain an abortion.

The states Arkansas, North Dakota, Utah, Oklahoma, and Missouri will see abortion bans take effect as soon as the state government (or attorney general, in the case of Oklahoma) certifies that the trigger law is constitutional. This is said to happen fairly quickly, so these states will very likely follow Kentucky and Louisiana in their rulings. South Dakota's trigger law is going into effect at some point today; the law states that abortion will be banned on the same date as the SCOTUS ruling, but not necessarily effective immediately.

Abortion trigger bans will be implemented in 30 days in Tennessee, Idaho, and Texas. Abortion will officially be made illegal 10 days after the attorney general says the ban is constitutional, and Wyoming's ban will take place five days after the governor recognizes the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

These Are the States That Will Likely Make Abortion Illegal Soon

There are five states that will likely follow suit to the above list of states: Alabama, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Arizona. These states have various abortion laws waiting to be implemented once Roe v. Wade is overturned. There are still some disagreements within these states' government structures over what the next step will be. For example, in Wisconsin, the attorney general Josh Paul has made it clear that he won't enforce a ban if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

We don't know how the other states will respond to this landmark overturning, but we can guess that states such as California and New York will maintain the abortion laws they've had in place for a long time. The next few weeks are surely going to be tumultuous as most states debate on how to move forward with abortion laws.

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