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[WATCH] ‘Legal Chaos’: Analysts Explain Immediate and Future Impact of SCOTUS Decision

[WATCH] ‘Legal Chaos’: Analysts Explain Immediate and Future Impact of SCOTUS Decision

Now that the conservative-dominated Supreme Court has overturned the landmark 1973 abortion decision that enshrined a woman’s right to an abortion, saying that individual states can now permit or restrict the procedure themselves, legal analysts say there’s a good chance the court won’t stop there. Other rights to contraception and same-sex marriage could also possibly be at risk, with Justice Clarence Thomas already hinting that would be high on the court’s agenda during their next session and Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion going a step further.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 13 states had adopted so-called “trigger laws” that would ban abortion immediately following the move by the Supreme Court, while ten others have pre-1973 laws that could go into force or legislation that would ban abortion after six weeks, which is usually before many women even know they are pregnant. Missouri was the first to rush to end abortion protections.

Cambridge, MA – May 4: Harvard University freshmen chant not your body, not your choice while rallying in Harvard Yard on May 4, 2022 in Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA to defend abortion rights and protest against a leaked draft opinion of the US Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. They were met by counter-protests, who argued that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. (Photo by Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

 

Friday’s ruling does not make any specific restrictions on traveling out of state to seek reproductive care, which is reiterated in one of the two actions President Joe Biden has already directed to protect women in the wake of the decision.

Meanwhile, as the outrage continued on social media, legal analysts shared their thoughts on the “legal chaos” the decision could cause.

 

CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates said, “You’re going to have interstate battles about how you’re going to enforce these laws, adding that there have been examples from history where “wrongly decided decisions” have been overturned.

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