How a possible US Supreme Court ruling in support of abortion bans will affect women

Everything you need to know about #BansOffOurBodies

12/2/2021 7:05:00 PM

Everything you need to know about BansOffOurBodies

The constitutional right to an abortion is currently under threat in states such as Mississippi.

after 15 weeks of pregnancy that is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. Despite the right to abortion being a constitutional right in the US, the final ruling of the law, due in June next year, could cut off abortion services for tens of millions of

women.Protestors calling for #BansOffOurBodies have gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Washington DC in support of upholding the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that established the right to abortion.However, in Wednesday’s hearing into the case, conservative justices hinted that a majority backed

.You may also likeRoe v Wade, the law giving US women abortion rights, is facing its biggest threat yetIn 2018, a Mississippi state law was passed that would make most abortions illegal after the first 15 weeks ofpregnancy, including those caused by rape or incest; however, it has not yet been enforced. Now, Mississippi is asking for Roe v Wade to be overturned, and should it be successful, there are growing fears that other states will follow suit.

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During the Trump presidency, the Supreme Court was significantly reshaped by three appointments, and has been called the most conservative-leaning in modern US history.“Out of 9 justices, three were appointed by a man who tried to overthrow the US government (and elected via minority),” wrote Congresswoman

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezin a tweet, referring to Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was investigated for sexual misconduct allegations in 2018.“Those three will decide whether the US will legalise forcing people to give birth against their will. Legitimacy requires consent of the governed. They are dismantling it.”

Senator Bernie Sanders also spoke out against the bill, writing: “As the Supreme Court today hears a case on Roe v. Wade, let me be very clear. It is a woman who has the right to control her own body, not the government. If men were the ones giving birth, I doubt that this would be in question.”

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Pro-choice protestors outside the Supreme CourtWhat would happen if Roe v Wade was overturned?If successful, states in the US would be able to set their own standards for abortion, including outright bans before foetal viability, which is generally considered at 24 weeks.

Nearly two dozen states are expected to introduce their own bans, some probably more severe than Mississippi’s. In all, nearly half of US women of reproductive age – some 36 million – could lose abortion access, according to research fromPlanned Parenthood

.The ban would also most intensely affect low income, Black and Latina people, as 61% of abortion patients are minorities.Despite Roe v Wade enshrining abortion as a constitutional right, in 2021 alone, nearly 600 abortion restrictions have been introduced across the US, with 90 enacted into law.

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This includes the Hyde Amendment, which blocks the use of federal funding for the procedure, forcing women to pay for abortion themselves, which can cost hundreds of dollars.“I don’t just want a world where abortion care is legal. I want a world where I’m not harassed when I got my abortion. Where I’m not shamed. Where I’m not considered lucky to be able to get one,” wrote Congresswoman Cori Bush on Twitter.

In England, Scotland and Wales, you can legally have an abortion at up to 23 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy, in line with the Abortion Act 1967.MSI Choicesoffers abortion services and confidential advice about terminations and reproductive rights.Sign up for the latest news and must-read features from Stylist, so you don't miss out on the conversation.

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