US states stumble over one another to pull the ‘trigger’ on abortion rights
In the first five months of this year, lawmakers in 42 states introduced 546 abortion restrictions
As Americans brace for a Supreme Court decision that could reverse the right to an abortion, states are also frantically preparing for a potential post-Roe v Wade world.
Between January 1 and May 5, lawmakers in 42 states introduced 546 abortion restrictions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which researches reproductive rights. So far, 10 states have enacted 37 of those measures, and just more than half were in Kentucky alone.
A majority of states also saw the introduction of 86 abortion bans of varying degrees, including a near-total ban in Oklahoma that was signed by the governor in April and is set to take effect in August. Oklahoma and Wyoming have also enacted “trigger laws”, which would automatically ban abortion should Roe be overturned. Altogether, lawmakers in nine states have introduced 12 trigger proposals in the same four-month period...