Abortion is likely to become illegal or severely restricted in 26 states after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade ruling on Friday.
The 1973 decision had created a constitutional right to the trial.
But Friday’s result – taken by a Conservative majority – is expected to result in abortion bans in about half of the states.
The 22 states that can implement total or near-total abortion restrictions include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Four other states — Florida, Indiana, Montana, and Nebraska — are also expected to ban abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that advocates for abortion rights.
Following the decision, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton immediately declared that abortion was illegal in the Lone Star State.
The only abortion clinic in Mississippi at the center of the case continued treating patients Friday.
But outside, men used a megaphone to tell people in the clinic that they were going to rot in hell.
Mississippi is one of 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that already have so-called “trigger” laws on the books prohibiting abortion if Roe is tipped.
Another half-dozen states have near-total bans after 6 weeks of pregnancy, or bans before many women know they are pregnant.
In about six other states, the battle will be over dormant abortion bans enacted before Roe’s 1973 decision, or new proposals to severely restrict abortion services, according to research.
Associate Justice Samuel Alito was joined in his opinion by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
In Friday’s decision, Alito called Roe “enormously wrong from the start.”
He said the constitution “confers no right to abortion,” stating that the ultimate decision should be left to the state to regulate.
“Abortion poses a profound moral issue. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion.
“Roe and Casey have acquired that authority. The court overrides those decisions and returns that authority to the people and their elected officials.”
In a unanimous opinion, Justice Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court “should reconsider rulings protecting contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriages.”
The decision comes after last month’s shocking, leaked draft advisory opinion, which Politico said suggested the Supreme Court was poised to scrap abortion legislation.
Before ending up in the Supreme Court, the historic case stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 1969 by an unmarried, pregnant woman.
The woman, who wanted to terminate her pregnancy, is suing a Texas prosecutor to challenge a state ban on abortion that only allowed an abortion if the woman’s life was in danger.
The case worked its way through the courts, eventually reaching the highest court.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5633600/map-states-abortion-illegal-overturned/ Map shows 22 states where abortion becomes ILLEGAL after Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade