Abortion access threatened in these US states after Supreme Court ruling
- Thirteen states, mostly in the conservative and more religious south of the country, have in recent years adopted so-called "trigger" laws to come into force virtually automatically after the decision was handed down.
The US Supreme Court's overturning of America's constitutional right to abortion gives all 50 states the freedom to ban the procedure, with nearly half expected to do so in some form.
- Automatic bans -
Thirteen states, mostly in the conservative and more religious south of the country, have in recent years adopted so-called "trigger" laws to come into force virtually automatically after the decision was handed down.
They differ in how they ban abortions. Idaho provides exceptions for rape or incest but Kentucky only does so if the pregnant woman's life is in danger.
Laws in Louisiana could see health professionals jailed for up to ten years for carrying out in abortions. In Missouri, it's 15 years.
In some states, such as South Dakota, the bans were due to go into effect the day of the Supreme Court's ruling.
Missouri's attorney general Eric Schmitt tweeted a photo of himself signing an opinion banning abortion in the midwestern state less than two hours after the Supreme Court's decision was announced.
In others, such as Arkansas or Mississippi, the attorney general will first have to confirm that the court has changed the legal framework.
Texas and Tennessee have set a period of 30 days between the release of the judgement and a new ban coming into force.
- Restrictions -
Iowa, Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina are among states that have passed laws restricting abortion after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant.
While currently blocked by the courts, those laws could take effect now that the Supreme Court has changed the legal landscape.
- Complex patchwork -
Ten states, including Arizona and Michigan, have pre-1973 laws banning abortion on the books that they could theoretically revive, but it is uncertain.
In Wisconsin -- where the Democratic governor supports abortion rights, but the majority Republican lawmakers do not -- Planned Parenthood has said it does not plan to carry out abortions from the end of June, citing a legal risk.
In Michigan, Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has added to the confusion by promising not to prosecute people who violate its 1931 law banning abortion.
Local prosecutors will still be able to do so though and the state risks becoming a complex patchwork of laws.
In Arizona, Republican Governor Doug Ducey believes that a law passed this year to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy will override previous rules.
Senators in his party do not see it that way and Ducey is expected to go to court to get clarity.
- Others to watch -
According to the Guttmacher Institute, four states have signaled that they are unfavorable to abortion but do not currently have laws prohibiting them.
Lawmakers in Nebraska and Indiana have failed to pass abortion bans. Officials in Montana and Florida have reduced deadlines for terminating a pregnancy, but supreme courts in those states have protected the right to abortion.
- Liberal states -
Twenty-two states -- mostly in the northeast and west coast -- will retain the right to abortion and are preparing for an influx of women seeking abortions.
Connecticut and Delaware, for example, have expanded the categories of professionals who are authorized to carry out abortions to include nurses and midwives.
Lawmakers in California have allocated $152 million to assist access to abortion and the governor of New York has pledged $35 million.
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