States where abortion is now completely illegal:
- South Dakota
States where abortion becomes illegal as soon as the state legislature or state official issues a declaration recognizing the Court decision.
- West Virginia
(Update: In the last hour, Attorney General Eric Schmitt has triggered the law in Missouri.)
States where abortion will become illegal as soon as the government officially recognizes the Court ruling.
States where abortion will officially become illegal in 30 days
- North Dakota
In addition, ineedana notes that Arizona will, for now, enforce its 15-day ban. But Republican legislators there have already moved to expand this into a total ban.
Technically, abortion is also now illegal in Wisconsin, based on a law that dates to 1849. However, Democratic state attorney general Josh Kaul says he will not enforce that law and has called on the governor and state legislature to repeal it in a special session.
Many of these states in this list have no exception for rape or incest. Some have no exception even for the health of the mother. The consequences to lives and cost to both individuals and the nation is inestimable. Local prosecutors have already charged a woman with murder for seeking an abortion even before this ruling was handed down.
Clinics in many states are expected to close immediately. That includes clinics that were giving vitally required health care unrelated to abortion care. Those who were scheduled for procedures in many of these states are now desperately in need of transportation to states where their rights as individuals are still respected.
Laws in some states that attempt to make traveling across state lines to seek abortion care, or make it illegal to help someone obtain an abortion, are about to be tested. So are laws that will seek criminal penalties against those seeking abortions, doctors, partners, and supporters. The consequences of this decision are going to hit the country like a hammer … but the consequences to individuals who are in need of care today, right now, at this hour, are horrible.
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