What to Expect if SCOTUS Overturns Current Abortion Laws

What to Expect if SCOTUS Overturns Current Abortion Laws

(FeaturedNews.com) – Abortion is a complex legal issue. The US Supreme Court ruling in the landmark “Roe v. Wade” case made it unconstitutional to ban abortions. While states cannot end the practice outright, they can impose restrictions, which many have done. Now, the Supreme Court is hearing a Mississippi abortion law case that could strike down Roe, removing all federal protections.

The court already refused to hear the case of a strict Texas law banning most abortions after six weeks of gestation. According to The New York Times, most justices are leaning toward ruling in favor of the Mississippi law. The publication said during hearings, it seemed like the six conservative justices were in favor, with some of them wanting to turn over abortion regulation entirely to the states.

If the court upholds the Mississippi law, this would essentially overturn the Roe decision, which would give states the right to ban abortions. Considering current legislation, Axios explains that 13 states would automatically make it illegal. There are 16 states where abortions would remain legal because they have laws specifically preserving them as a right. The remaining states could go either way. The Economist estimates about 25 states would outlaw the practice.

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