Some States Move Quickly To Ban Abortion After Supreme Court Ruling

A total of 26 states have laws that indicate they could ban or set extreme limits on abortions, effectively banning abortion in those states, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Three states – Kentucky, Louisiana and South Dakota – had so-called “trigger bans” that went into effect automatically with the Supreme Court’s Friday reversal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Other states having trigger bans with enforcement mechanisms that occur after a set period of time or after action by a state government entity.
Of the trigger-ban states in the latter category, Missouri has already taken steps to implement its abortion ban, with state Attorney General Eric Schmitt announcing Friday that it had crossed the line. stage of certification required by Missouri law.

Oklahoma, which had recently implemented a law banning most abortions, has also moved to implement its trigger ban, according to the state attorney general’s office. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also certified the state’s trigger ban, allowing it to go into effect Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced.

Utah’s tripping ban went into effect Friday, according to a letter sent by John L. Fellows, the general counsel for the Utah Legislature, which was provided to CNN by KUTV. And on Saturday, Planned Parenthood of Utah filed a lawsuit to block it.

Other states have abortion bans that had been blocked by courts that cited Roe’s guarantee of a right to abortion. These states can act quickly to have these court orders lifted so that these restrictions can take effect.

Ohio Attorney General David Yost announced Friday the injunction blocking the state’s so-called heartbeat bill, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected – as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, even before many women know they are pregnant – has been dissolved. In court papers, U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett said he sided with Yost in dissolving the injunction, but noted that the court “refuses to dismiss this case at this time. Instead of this, a status conference will be scheduled by separate notice to discuss further proceedings.”
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey referenced a court order that ended the state’s abortion ban in 2019 and said in a statement that Alabama “will immediately request the court to remove any legal obstacle to the application of this law”. A federal judge in Alabama on Friday granted an emergency motion to end an injunction against Alabama’s ban after the Supreme Court’s decision.

States like Wisconsin and West Virginia had abortion restrictions before the Roe decision that were never removed.

In Wisconsin, the Republican-controlled state legislature on Wednesday refused to repeal an 1849 state law banning abortion in a special session called by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers – allowing it to resume effect after the high court overturned Roe.

“We will fight this decision in any way possible with all the power at our disposal,” Evers said in a written statement.

Democratic Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul told CNN affiliate WISN before the court’s decision was released that he had no intention of applying the abortion ban to the state level. However, after Friday’s decision, his office issued a statement stopping short of that, saying: “Our office is reviewing today’s decision and will provide further information on how we intend to moving forward next week.”

Meanwhile, just across the eastern border from Wisconsin, the state of Minnesota is bracing for a potential influx of women seeking abortions as bans in other states go into effect. Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Saturday to protect women who seek abortions there from legal ramifications in other states.

Bans expected soon

States with trigger laws expected to ban abortions in the coming days and weeks include Wyoming, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Idaho.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III said that in addition to implementing the trip ban that was to go into effect in 30 days, the state asked an appeals court to lift a suspension that had been placed on a measure banning abortion at about six weeks. pregnancy.

In Texas, where the trigger ban is to be implemented on the 30th day after the Supreme Court issues its judgment (a court ruling that will occur in the coming weeks), Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that prosecutors locals could now start enforcing an abortion ban. adopted by the state prior to the Roe decision. (Texas had already effectively banned abortion when it enacted a six-week ban last year.)

It’s likely that elsewhere in the country, state legislatures will soon be called back into session to pass tough abortion laws that previously would have gone against Roe.

Republican Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb is calling for a return of the General Assembly on July 6, so lawmakers can consider anti-abortion legislation.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to more clearly describe when the Texas trigger ban will go into effect. It is the 30th day after the Supreme Court issued its judgment, a judicial decision that comes after the ruling.

This story has also been updated for additional developments.

CNN’s Tami Luhby, Avery Lotz, Claudia Dominguez, Paradise Afshar, Monique Smith and Andy Rose contributed to this report.


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