On Friday, June 24th, the shocking news came out that the Supreme Court made the decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, the decision that allows people to get abortions. This has sparked a lot of movement and anger from people across the country, since this blocks women's right to choose. But, some have celebrated the decision, believing that this will allow for new life to be created.
Now, the legality of abortions has now come down to a state by state decision, with some, like New York, still protecting women’s rights to abortion, while others, like Louisiana, having trigger laws in place that immediately banned abortions as soon as Roe V. Wade was overturned. But, these trigger laws are now being challenged as people question the safety and clarity of these laws.
In Louisiana, a state with trigger laws in place, abortion procedures have actually resumed on Monday, June 28th after a lawsuit was filed in the state, citing how it is unsafe to no longer allow this reproductive healthcare at all and especially with short notice, and also saying that these laws are uncostitutionally vague. The lawsuit was successful, with abortions now being allowed until July 8th, when there will be a court hearing to dicuss the future of Roe V. Wade in the state.
While the Center For Reproductive Rights was relieved by this decision, not everyone in Louisiana was. Attorney General Jeff Landry has stated that he has “fully prepared these laws in our state courts”, leading people to believe that there will be much debate as to the protection of abortion rights in the state following the hearing coming in the next few weeks.
This has now been followed by Utah’s trigger laws being investigated as well, and many other states like Texas and Mississippi are having their restrictive abortion laws challenged. Because abortions can be life saving operations, or take place after cases of rape and incest, many people are finding these trigger laws unsafe or not open enough. But, now that the Supreme Court has made their decision, it’s an unclear time for state’s laws and a woman’s right to choose.
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