If Donald Trump will get his approach and rams an arch-conservative Federalist Society minion on to the Supreme Court docket, everyone knows that Roe v. Wade will instantly be within the crosshairs. But when these Republicans in robes do eviscerate the reproductive rights which have been enshrined into American legislation for practically half a century, it’s what occurs the very subsequent day that’s really scary.
Ten totally different states, it seems, have so-called “trigger laws” on the books: statutes that say that if Roe is overturned, abortion will immediately change into unlawful. 9 states, in the meantime, nonetheless have outright bans on abortion that predate Roe, and two of these additionally have set off legal guidelines, only for good measure.
That’s 17 states, house to greater than 70 million folks—20% of the nation—the place, in a single day, secure and authorized entry to abortion would disappear. That’s not even counting states with out these kinds of legal guidelines the place Republicans will likely be motivated to enact new restraints the second they will.