What is expected to happen now that the Supreme Court rejected the constitutional right to abortion? The decision overturned Roe v. Wade, or the 1973 high court decision that had given women the right to abortion throughout the United States. Now, it is the individual states that have the right to decide on this.
What does the decision mean for individual states?
Even before the Supreme Court’s recent decision, US state abortion laws varied widely. Republican-controlled states had more restrictive laws than Democratic-controlled states. After the high court’s decision, it is the states that will be able to decide whether abortion is legal or not.
In which countries is abortion expected to be limited?
Thirteen states had already passed laws restricting abortion, which would take effect if the Supreme Court struck down the right to abortion as a constitutional right. Some of these laws have already entered into force, while others will begin implementation 30 days after the decision of the Supreme Court.
Where else will abortion be restricted?
Some US states have had restrictive laws since before the 1973 decision that were never repealed, even though abortion was recognized as a constitutional right for nearly 50 years. While some other states do not provide, or protect the right to abortion clearly. Twenty-six states are likely to ban, or impose strict restrictions on, abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a group that works to support abortion rights.
Where is abortion protected?
Sixteen states and the US capital, Washington, protect the right to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Defenses rely on state laws, state constitutional amendments, or state Supreme Court decisions.
Can women travel to other countries to have an abortion?
There are no restrictions on women traveling from one state to another to have an abortion. United States Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department will protect women who seek abortions in states where it is legal. Abortion rights activists say that access to abortions will be more difficult for poorer women who do not have the means to travel, or are on employment contracts that would make it difficult for them to travel outside their home country.
Will abortion be treated as a crime in some states?
None of the states that have restricted access to abortion have made it a crime for a woman to seek an abortion. Instead, they have threatened criminal action against health care clinics and revoking doctors’ licenses.
Will Congress get involved?
Congress could, in theory, pass a law making abortion legal in all 50 states. However, under current operating rules, 60 votes in the Senate would be needed to pass such a law. The Senate, in the current term, is divided into 50 Republican and 50 Democratic votes, making it impossible to approve such a law. Even if Congress were to pass such a measure, there is no guarantee that it would not be struck down by the Supreme Court.
How has President Biden’s administration reacted?
President Biden has condemned the Supreme Court decision, and has acknowledged that he does not have the executive power to allow the continuation of the right to abortion. Senior Democratic officials have called on the president to take some action at the federal level. They have sought, among other things, to allow abortion procedures in the territory belonging to the federal government, in states that restrict the right to abortion, easier access to abortion drugs and federal assistance for women seeking abortions in the states others.
How will the decision affect other legal precedents?
It is not clear what effect the Supreme Court decision will have on other judicial precedents. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said the court should “reexamine” decisions on other past cases, including those involving same-sex marriage and access to contraceptives. It is not clear if other judges agree to review such cases./ VOA
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