Abortion Access in My State: What It Looks Like Now
fter the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health CenterAs the Constitution has been overthrown, all rights to abortion will be now up to the states.
That means access to the procedure—and restrictions on it—are about to change even more dramatically depending on where you live. According to TIME’s analysis of data provided by the Guttmacher Institute (a research company that supports reproductive rights), at least 23 states will likely ban abortion in one form or another. 16 states and Washington D.C., however, will continue to protect abortion rights. Others are still in uncertainty: Some states may call for special sessions to decide access. Other states could restrict access after this year’s midterm elections.
Here’s a breakdown of what abortion access could look like in many states.
Access to abortion is severely restricted in certain states
13 states have “trigger bans” that were designed to implement total or near total bans on abortion as soon as RoeIt was overturned.
Kentucky, Louisiana, South Dakota and South Dakota will see bans go into effect right away. In Idaho, Tennessee, and Texas, the new laws will go into effect in 30 days.
Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri have restrictive abortion laws. Governors of the states or any other official must take immediate action to place bans in force..
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Oklahoma and Texas have been testing restrictions on abortion since before. Roe V. WadeIt was overturned. Oklahoma’s May abortion law, the strictest in the nation, bans almost all abortions and makes few exceptions. Texas has enacted legislation last autumn that prohibits abortions within six weeks. Each state also has trigger bans which would render abortions a felony.
States that expand abortion access
A draft of the Supreme Court opinion had been leaked to the public in May. California, Connecticut and Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland New Jersey New York, Oregon, Washington, and Washington set about strengthening abortion access so that the final decision could be made.
These states not only will provide abortion services but also have strengthened laws to require that insurance companies cover the cost of abortions. They have expanded the legal qualifications to perform abortions and modified extradition statutes in order to protect both abortion providers as well as patients traveling from countries where they are prohibited from being extradited or prosecuted.
State with restricted abortion access
Six-week bans on abortion were implemented in Iowa, Ohio and South Carolina. Roe V. Wade. Each state will probably look to immediately reinstate the laws.
Arizona and Florida enacted earlier in the year 15-week abortion bans. These were set to be implemented later this summer. The possibility exists that stricter bans on abortion could be passed by the states legislatures.
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Both West Virginia and Michigan passed laws making abortion illegal after only 15 weeks. These laws have been challenged in court, and they are being litigated.
Alabama may choose to reinstate a preexisting system or not.RoeResolving the litigation regarding a 2019 law that bans nearly all abortions or an abortion ban Iowa’s supreme court just ruled that abortions are not protected by the state constitution, paving the way for state lawmakers to ban abortion.
Wisconsin had a suspended abortion ban, which was repealed by Roe V. WadeIt could be in effect once again. (Wisconsin’s attorney general has said he will not enforce the ban, but local prosecutors could look to do so.)
States with access to the Internet will not change
People in Colorado, Illinois and Massachusetts can expect no changes in access to abortion for individuals in these states. Many of these states passed laws that enshrine abortion rights and protect individuals who provide or seek abortions. Minnesota and New Mexico are likely to see abortion legalized in these states, even though they do not expressly protect it.
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