Nine US states have already implemented laws prohibiting free abortion, in whole or in part.
On Friday, the expected news came US Supreme Court Removes the federal right to abortion, thus setting aside Rowe vs. Wade rule from 1973.
The decision led to crying and cheering. Former President Donald Trump, who appointed three conservative justices to the Supreme Court, He applauds the decision. For his part, President Joe Biden, She believes that the decision puts women’s health and rights at risk.
States are now free to make their own laws. Many have already prepared for this.
In Mississippi, the expected ban has not yet gone into effect. On Saturday, women flocked to the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, Pink House, in the city of Jackson.
Sky News He writes that the parking lot outside the clinic on Saturday was “a busy place to be”.
Cars that arrived at the clinic were met with abortion opponents, who chanted “Babies should not be killed.”
Activists also attended.
Women will die. I’m not saying this just to be dramatic. “It’s really scary,” Patti Darcy told Sky News.
7.2 million hits already
A total of 26 states, more than half of the 50 US states, already have legislation indicating that they intend to ban abortion in whole or in part.
Early Saturday, abortion bans were a reality in nine states. Affects a total of 7.2 million women of childbearing age, and shows an overview of The New York Times.
Three of these states, Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Dakota, had so-called “operating laws” in place. These laws entered into force automatically after the recent Supreme Court ruling.
Ten more with trigger laws
Ten other states have similar arousal laws, he writes CNN. Here, laws will be introduced after a certain time, or by local authorities taking formal steps to introduce them.
This includes states such as Arkansas, Mississippi, Idaho, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Missouri.
Three of those states, Utah, Arkansas and Oklahoma, have already taken the necessary steps to enforce the laws, and on Saturday abortion was banned here as well.
Banning abortion “while sleeping”
In Texas, the start-up law will be introduced 30 days after the Supreme Court decision.
In addition, a number of states had “idle” abortion bans, laws that were not repealed after the 1973 decision. These laws have therefore not been enforced in the past five decades, but this may change now.
These states include Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Wisconsin has now enacted this legislation, according to the New York Times.
Other states have already introduced restrictive abortion laws, banning abortion after a certain number of weeks. These are states like Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and South Carolina.
On Friday and Saturday, mass demonstrations took place in several cities, and outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC
Many opinion polls also indicate that the court’s decision is contrary to public opinion.
Polls conducted regularly by the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research for the AP news agency show that only one in ten respondents wants to ban abortion. The majority want abortion to be legal in most circumstances, although many believe that there should be restrictions on when a late abortion can be performed.
In 2020, more than 930,000 abortions were performed in the United States. This corresponds to 14.4 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age, which is equivalent to other industrialized countries. Over the past 30 years, abortion rates in the United States have fallen steadily, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Nearly half of women who want an abortion in the United States live below the poverty line. Black women and Latin American women are over-represented as a share of the population – at 29 and 25 percent, respectively.
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