ABORTION will likely become illegal or severely regulated in 26 states after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on Friday.
The 1973 decision provided for a constitutional right to process.
But Friday’s result – made by a conservative majority – is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of the states.
The 22 states likely to enforce 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 and Tennessee. , Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Four other states – Florida, Indiana, Montana and Nebraska – are also likely to ban abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.
Following the ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton immediately announced that abortions were illegal in the Lone Star State.
West Virginia’s only clinic performing abortions shut down after Friday’s ruling.
In Wisconsin, which banned abortion in 1849, Planned Parenthood immediately halted all scheduled abortions at its clinics in Madison and Milwaukee following the High Court ruling.
Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, which is at the center of the case, continued to see patients on Friday.
But outside, men used a megaphone to tell people inside the clinic that they would burn in hell.
Mississippi is one of 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that already have so-called “trigger” laws on the books that ban abortions if Roe is overturned.
Another half dozen states have bans or near-total bans after 6 weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.
In about six other states, the fight will be over dormant abortion bans that were enacted before Roe’s ruling in 1973 or new proposals to sharply limit when abortions can be performed, the research found.
Associate Justice Samuel Alito was joined in his opinion by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
In Friday’s ruling, Alito called Roe “grossly wrong from the start.”
He said the Constitution “does not confer the right to abortion,” saying the decision should ultimately be left to the state to regulate.
“Abortion Poses a Deep Moral Question The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of every state from regulating or prohibiting abortion.
“Roe and Casey arrogated that authority to themselves. The Court overturns those decisions and returns that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”
In a concurring opinion, Justice Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court should “reconsider decisions that protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.”
The decision comes after the shocking leak of the draft opinion last month that suggested the Supreme Court was set to strike down abortion legislation, according to Politico.
Nancy Pelosi held back tears on Friday as she called the Supreme Court’s decision a “slap in the face to women.”
However, the decision to end Roe v Wade was cheered by many, including the vast majority of Republicans.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Twitter that he was closing his office and making June 24 “a holiday” in honor of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Senator and former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Roe’s upset against Wade “nothing less than a massive victory for life, and it will save the lives of millions of innocent babies.”
Before landing in the Supreme Court, the landmark case stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 1969 by a single pregnant woman.
The woman, who wanted to terminate her pregnancy, sued a Texas prosecutor in an attempt to challenge an abortion ban in the state, which only allowed an abortion if the woman’s life was in danger.
The case made its way through the courts and eventually reached the highest court.