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.
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.
They even kept the “domestic supply of infants” line: pic.twitter.com/brerNBvPZ9
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) June 24, 2022
Abortion is now illegal in six states — Arkansas, South Dakota, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma.
It look less than 10 hours for the Republican states to make a law about women, but we're still not ready to have the gun control conversation.
— The Jewish Ginger Resister (@JewishResister) June 24, 2022
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.
CNN's Laura Coates warns "It's going to be legal chaos" now that Roe is overturned: "You're going to have interstate battles about how you're going to enforce these laws." pic.twitter.com/8dJI0T0i9c
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) June 24, 2022