States React Differently to Abortion Ruling

Philip Dunn, a pastor from Charleston, W.Va., an anti-abortion supporter holds a sign outside of the state Senate chamber just prior to the start of a scheduled session to discuss an abortion bill ,Friday, July 29, 2022, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/John Raby)

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies.

Some Republican-led states banned or severely limited abortion immediately after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, while other restrictions will take effect later.

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In anticipation of the decision, several states led by Democrats took steps to protect abortion access. The decision also set up the potential for legal fights between the states over whether providers and those who help women obtain abortions can be sued or prosecuted.

Here is an overview of the impact the ruling has had so far in every state and the status of their laws.


Source: Associated Press

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