The Supreme Court in the United States could be potentially planning to allow some individual states to ban or heavily restrict the ability of expectant women to abort their babies. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in the Roe Vs Wade case that pregnant people were allowed to have an abortion during the first three months of their pregnancy, i.e., the first trimester only, while putting official restrictions and bans on the second and third trimesters respectively.
However, an exposed secret draft has been announced of the incoming Supreme Court ruling, possibly overturning the previous 1973 ruling, effectively allowing for states to veto abortions earlier than 3 months. The decision would officially be announced sometime in June. If that change of law happens, abortion would not automatically become unlawful in the States, rather, it would permit individual states to decide if and whether they would outlaw abortions. Several states have motioned “trigger laws” that will come into play upon the Roe Vs Wade case being overturned.
While a few others have abandoned ancient laws that banned abortion before the 1973 Roe Vs Wade, however, those laws could be reinstated if 1973 is overturned. The American states that have trigger laws ready to come into effect the instance the 1973 law is overturned are Idaho, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, North Dakota, Tennessee, South Dakota, Missouri, Utah, Wyoming, and Louisiana.
Over the last 10 years, many states have additionally tried to pass laws making abortion unlawful, except in rare circumstances like if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger. A few of the laws have been rejected by lower courts, as they seemed to violate Roe Vs Wade. If Roe Vs Wade is overturned, the laws will likely be back full-time.