Lay Of The Land Post-June 24, 2022, After Overturning Roe v. Wade
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Many of our readers wanted more information on the aftermath of U.S. Supreme Court decision in overturning Roe v. Wade. So allow me to share some key data points and resources provided by Guttmacher Institute, post- June 24, 2022, in italics, below:
- The long-term decline in abortions in the United States that started 30 years ago has reversed—underscoring that the need for abortion care in the United States is growing just as the US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
- 13 states have trigger bans in place that will now be set in motion to ban abortion. Read details on timelines, mechanisms and exceptions.
- In total, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion without Roe.
- Snapshot of current abortion policies in each state is available via our interactive map.
- States have enacted 43 abortion restrictions in 2022, bringing the total to 1,381 since Roe was decided in 1973.
Statement from Dr. Herminia Palacio, Guttmacher Institute President and CEO , below:
“The US Supreme Court has taken the radical step of overturning Roe v. Wade outright, thus unleashing uncertainty and harm onto people asking for nothing more than to exercise their fundamental right to bodily autonomy.
“Roe v. Wade was under attack since the moment it was decided in 1973. While imperfect in its ability to protect reproductive rights, as evidenced by the steady erosions of these rights in many states, Roe enabled tens of millions of people in the United States to decide their own future and protect their well-being.
“Without Roe, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion to the fullest extent possible, including 13 states that have “trigger” laws in place that will automatically enact bans—some within days or even hours of today’s decision.
“Decades of research consistently show that abortion bans and restrictions don’t reduce unintended pregnancy or demand for abortion, and they certainly do not help people improve their health. Rather, they impose significant hurdles to obtaining care, causing stress for people in need of abortion and leading some to experience forced pregnancy and all its troubling consequences.”
- Physician and Hospital Requirements: 35 states require an abortion to be performed by a licensed physician. 19 states require an abortion to be performed in a hospital after a specified point in the pregnancy, and 17 states require the involvement of a second physician after a specified point.
- Gestational Limits: 43 states prohibit abortions after a specified point in pregnancy, with some exceptions provided. The allowable circumstances are generally when an abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.
- “Partial-Birth” Abortion: 21 states have laws in effect that prohibit “partial-birth” abortion. 3 of these laws apply only to post viability abortions.
- Public Funding: 16 states use their own funds to pay for all or most medically necessary abortions for Medicaid enrollees in the state. 33 states and the District of Columbia prohibit the use of state funds except in those cases when federal funds are available: where the patient’s life is in danger or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. In defiance of federal requirements, South Dakota limits funding to cases of life endangerment only.
- Coverage by Private Insurance: 12 states restrict coverage of abortion in private insurance plans, most often limiting coverage only to when the patient’s life would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term. Most states allow the purchase of additional abortion coverage at an additional cost.
- Refusal: 45 states allow individual health care providers to refuse to participate in an abortion. 42 states allow institutions to refuse to perform abortions, 16 of which limit refusal to private or religious institutions.
- State-Mandated Counseling: 18 states mandate that individuals be given counseling before an abortion that includes information on at least one of the following: the purported link between abortion and breast cancer (5 states), the ability of a fetus to feel pain (13 states) or long-term mental health consequences for the patient (8 states).
- Waiting Periods: 25 states require a person seeking an abortion to wait a specified period of time, usually 24 hours, between when they receive counseling and the procedure is performed. 12 of these states have laws that effectively require the patient make two separate trips to the clinic to obtain the procedure.
- Parental Involvement: 37 states require some type of parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion. 27 states require one or both parents to consent to the procedure, while 10 require that one or both parents be notified.
To Track Abortion Legality And Access By State, Click HERE.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, in the video published on June 24, 2022, “With Roe v. Wade overturned, here are the states set to ban abortion, below:
CNN’s Tom Foreman explains different trigger laws in different states and when and how they will go into effect, in the video published on June 24, 2022, “Roe v. Wade is overturned. How does this affect you?” below:
Terry Moran, Dan Abrams, Cecilia Vega and Dr. Jennifer Ashton analyze the impact of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade reversal on “This Week.” in the video published on June 26, 2022, “Roe reversal ‘changes the status of American women as citizens’: Terry Moran | ABC News“, below:
Fareed Zakaria argues the Supreme Court’s ruling, which overturned Roe v. Wade, is not conservative because it reversed years of precedent, in the video published on June 26, 2022, “Fareed Zakaria: Supreme Court’s ruling is not conservative, it’s radical“, below:
CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford breaks down what overturning Roe v. Wade means and which states would restrict or protect abortion rights, in the video published on June 25, 2022, “Breaking down what overturning Roe v. Wade means“, below:
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