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Factbox-Abortion in America if Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A police officer observes pro-lifers and pro-choice activists demonstrating in Washington to commemorate the 1973 Roe V. Wade decision on abortion. REUTERS/Jim Young

(Reuters] – This is how getting an abortion in America might look if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade’s 1973 decision which allowed abortions nationwide.

The first restrictions would take effect in 13 states with so-called trigger laws to be enacted if the ruling was ever overturned. According to Guttmacher Institute (an advocacy group for abortion rights), the states include Arkansas, Idaho and Kentucky as well as Mississippi, Louisiana, Mississippi. North Dakota, Oklahoma. South Dakota, South Dakota. Tennessee, Texas. Utah, Wyoming, and Wyoming.

Some abortion trigger laws forbid abortions entirely, others ban it after just six weeks.

There could be a wide range of trigger laws that would come into force. Some may be very fast.

The Guttmacher Institute states that Arkansas’ trigger law is effective when the state attorney general declares Roe invalid.

Texas would implement a ban on abortion that is almost total within 30 days of a Supreme Court order.

What will happen next?

The Guttmacher Institute estimates 26 out of 50 U.S. states are certain or likely to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, leaving women in large swaths of the U.S. Southwest and Midwest without nearby access to the medical procedure.

The West Coast states (California and Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Washington), are where most abortions would be still legal. California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed Monday to include a right for abortion in California’s state constitution.

According to Guttmacher Institute, only a few states in the Midwest or Southwest will allow abortion to be legalized. These include Colorado, Illinois and Kansas.

This scenario would mean that a Miami-based woman could have to travel more than 700 km (1,100 miles) in order to reach North Carolina. North Carolina is where abortions are expected to continue legal.

The following states have adopted legislation to increase or preserve abortion access: Connecticut, Maryland Maryland and Vermont.