With Roe in doubt, states act on abortion limits, expansions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It didn't take long for abortion to re-emerge as a flashpoint in state legislatures. Less than a month into the 2022 legislative sessions, battles over the future of abortion already are setting up around the U.S.

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Abortion already is re-emerging as a flashpoint in the U.S. as this year’s state legislative sessions begin. States soon could have considerably more power to restrict the procedure if the Supreme Court curtails or overturns Roe v. Wade. lwhitehurst.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It didn't take long for abortion to re-emerge as a flashpoint in state legislature s. Less than a month into the 2022 legislative sessions, battles over the future of abortion already are setting up around the U.S.

enshrining the right to abortion in the state constitution.Meanwhile, at least seven states could follow Texas, which has already effectively banned abortions after six weeks with a law strategically written to avoid a federal court challenge. The Supreme Court has allowed the law to remain in effect, even though it appears to contradict the Roe decision.

Similar proposals have been introduced in Ohio, Alabama, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida and Arizona. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a possible 2024 presidential contender, released a proposal on Fridaymodeled after the Texas law. She said it would “ensure that both unborn children and their mothers are protected in South Dakota.”

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lwhitehurst They’re acting like god is pro life when he literally flooded the planet killing all but the incestuous family. lwhitehurst Mandatory vasectomies!!M!! lwhitehurst There is no scientific moral or logical reason to oppose abortion rights. The only reason is religion. If The Supreme Court strikes down legal abortion it will no doubt become an illegitimate institution. The separation of church and state is enshrined in the constitution.

lwhitehurst lwhitehurst Women deserve having a baby torn apart & sucked out their vagina by a sani-vacuum. That’s reproductive health and freedom. I will never stand in the way of a baby (fetus) murder and neither should you. Baby killing is legal in all 50 states. Get an abortion today! VacTheVag A pregnant woman is the only human being that can grow, sustain, and maintain another human being within her singular body, that alone should declare her as a subject matter expert and the ultimate decision maker as to what occurs in her entire body PrivatelyOwnedAndOperatedWomb

lwhitehurst And then its just a few more steps to a proper theocracy lwhitehurst Abortions will happen with or without roe v wade. They have always happened and will continue, only with more danger again to the mother if restrictions put in place. The men are off scott free and they are the majority of politicians who are pushing for restrictions ironically.

lwhitehurst Why is it so important to tell a woman what to do with her body lwhitehurst The right to choose to have an abortion should not be determined by where you live. lwhitehurst

Nation's Largest Anti-Abortion Protest Could Be Last Under Roe V. WadeThe March for Life, the largest anti-abortion rally in the U.S., returns Friday with thousands of expected protesters in Washington who feel within reach of their goal for the last 49 years: a sweeping rollback of abortion rights.

lwhitehurst lwhitehurst States rights. As it should be. lwhitehurst But I thought bodily autonomy was important…

Nation's largest abortion protest could be last under RoeAnti-abortion protesters are gathering in the nation's capital with a sense that the U.S. has reached a moment that could lead to a rollback of abortion rights. The Supreme Court appears likely to let states impose tighter abortion restrictions. It should read Pro-Life protestors. In 1975, women of Iceland went on strike for equal rights. 90% of women walked off their jobs & homes, shutting down the entire country. The men could barely cope. Five years later, Iceland elected first female President. Now Iceland has the highest gender equality in the world. They will, and then those states will be economically embargoed. No modern company can operate in a third world shithole that strips fundamental rights from half their population. They are already economically insignificant - and the modern parts of the country don't need them.

Poll: As Roe teeters, most Americans oppose overturning itJust 30% of Americans say they’d like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe vs. Wade decision, with 69% opposed — a finding that’s largely consistent both with othe…

Roe V. Wade Marks 49th Anniversary — Here’s How States Are Preparing In Case It’s OverturnedThe Supreme Court is poised to potentially roll back abortion rights nationwide in the coming months. Prosecute baby murderers!

Anti-abortion rights proponents say they are prepping for 'post-Roe America’The anti-abortion rights movement is at critical moment, motivated in large part by conservative justices on the Supreme Court who seem poised to rule in favor of states' stringent abortion laws. And what will SCOTUS do when other states use the same legal trick to pass other legislation? A partisan SCOTUS is what we have. We will pay dearly for their worship of trump and his republican toadies. Very dearly.

With Roe v. Wade at risk, Illinois abortion providers open center to help out-of-state patients with travel and other resourcesEach year, thousands of women cross state lines to have an abortion in Illinois — and that number could grow exponentially as pending U.S. Supreme Court decisions and new laws in various states challenge reproductive rights across the nation.

are seeking an amendment enshrining the right to abortion in the state constitution. Meanwhile, at least seven states could follow Texas, which has already effectively banned abortions after six weeks with a law strategically written to avoid a federal court challenge. The Supreme Court has allowed the law to remain in effect, even though it appears to contradict the Roe decision. Similar proposals have been introduced in Ohio, Alabama, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida and Arizona. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a possible 2024 presidential contender, released a proposal on Friday modeled after the Texas law . She said it would “ensure that both unborn children and their mothers are protected in South Dakota.” Other states that already have six-week bans on the books also could amend those measures to look more like the Texas law so they can take effect, said Katie Glenn, government affairs counsel at Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group. The Texas law is unusual because it allows private citizens to file civil lawsuits against anyone who helps someone else get an abortion after six weeks. It has made legal challenges difficult because the government is not involved in enforcement. More than a dozen states have passed abortion bans after six weeks but have seen those efforts blocked by the courts. That has made the Texas model more attractive to conservative lawmakers. “Our message to lawmakers is, ‘Full steam ahead.’ If you have felt like maybe something’s not worth doing because it might be enjoined or you’re worried about it, this is a great opportunity for state lawmakers to let the Supreme Court know, ‘We’ve got this,’” Glenn said. Meanwhile, at least three Republican-led states — Arizona, Florida and West Virginia — are weighing bans on the procedure after 15 weeks, similar to the Mississippi law that the Supreme Court appeared to view favorably during arguments in December. Under Roe, abortions are legal until the point a fetus can survive outside the womb, which is usually around 24 weeks. In Florida, which currently allows abortions up to that point, GOP legislative leaders are optimistic about a proposal to ban it after 15 weeks, with some health-related exceptions but none for rape and incest. “There’s a lot of pro-life legislation. We’re going to be welcoming it,” Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters earlier this month. He is up for reelection this year and is considered a top Republican presidential hopeful for 2024. In another major shift last year, the Food and Drug Administration made a regulatory change that allows people access to abortion medication by mail after obtaining a prescription online. That promises to be another front in the legal debate over abortion. Some states could allow pharmacists to opt out of dispensing the drugs if they oppose abortion. Last year, eight states passed measures restricting abortion medication sent through the mail in anticipation of the FDA decision. A handful of states, including Republican-led Iowa, will debate bills on the topic this year, said Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute. Last year was the “worst year for abortion rights” since the Roe decision in 1973, Nash said, with over 100 restrictions enacted in the states. “It just feels like the state sessions in 2022 are also going to be very active on abortion restrictions,” she said. “It feels like we’re at the beginning of another wave.” __ Associated Press writer Don Thompson in Sacramento, Calif., contributed to this report. AP NEWS