Abortion Rights Group Says Nearly Half of U.S. States Could Ban Abortion if Roe v. Wade is Overturned

According to an abortion rights group, 24 states are likely to ban abortion should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Christian Post reported that the Center for Reproductive Rights updated its “What if Roe fell?” map earlier this month for the first time in three years. The map predicts the moves of each state, the District of Columbia, and the American territories should the controversial lawsuit revert. The categories are “expanded access,” “protected,” “not protected,” and “hostile.”

In a startling move, the Center placed 24 states under the “hostile” to abortion category: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The updated categories come in the wake of several states passing severe abortion laws, including Georgia’s strict restriction on abortions after six weeks and Alabama’s promise to federally convict doctors who perform abortions.

The map “shows the devastating landscape of abortion access if Roe is weakened or overturned,” said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center, in a statement. “We have analyzed the laws and constitutional protections of every state. This tool is a call to action to pass state and federal laws protecting abortion rights and abortion access.”

Seven states have expanded access and protection for abortion: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

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Source: Christian Headlines