Millions of women in the central, southern regions of the U.S. would live in a state where abortion is illegal; Report released on heels of 44th anniversary of Roe and inauguration of President Trump
Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 23, 2017.Â Over 37 million women in 33 states are at-risk of living in a state where abortion could become illegal if the Supreme Courtâ€™s landmark decision in Roe v Wade were overturnedâ€”according to an updated report issued today by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
The reportâ€”What if Roe Fell?â€”provides a powerful state-by-state overview of what would happen to abortion rights if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling from 1973 which established access to abortion as a constitutional right.Â The report warns that 22 statesâ€”nearly all of which are situated in the central and southern part of the countryâ€”could immediately ban abortion outright, whereas women in an additional 11 states (plus the District of Columbia) at risk of losing their right to abortion.Â In the remaining 17 statesâ€”which are primarily situated on the coasts of the countryâ€”a womanâ€™s right to abortion is secure based on current state law.
â€œOur new report What if Roe Fell? illustrates the very real harms millions of women across the country will face if Roe is overturned,â€ said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
â€œWe cannot go back to the days before Roe, when some women put their lives on the line when they needed to end a pregnancy.Â Forcing women to travel thousands of miles across state lines for basic health care in 2017 is not only unconstitutional, itâ€™s unconscionable.
â€œThe promise of our Constitution is one of equal rights and protections for all, not just for those who live in certain states. For over 40 years, the nationâ€™s highest court has held that a womanâ€™s right to safe and legal abortion is protected by the Constitution.
â€œThe Center for Reproductive Rights has defended the constitutional rights of all women for over 25 years and will continue to do so in the battles to come.â€
What if Roe Fell? features an interactive map where individuals can compare womenâ€™s risk of losing the right to abortion in their state with other states and also find detailed information on state laws that affected the analysis–such as the existence of pre-Roe abortion bans or trigger laws that would spring into effect soon after Roe is overturned. Individuals can also view maps showing which states have state constitutional protections independent of the U.S. constitution and which have state laws protecting a womanâ€™s right to abortionâ€”making the right to abortion in those states secure.
The reportâ€”which was last updated by the Center in 2007–not only comes on the heels of the 44th anniversary of the landmark Roe decision, but also days after the historic Womenâ€™s March on Washington and inauguration of President Trump.Â In addition to alarming remarks regarding making abortion illegal and â€œpunishmentâ€ for women who have had abortions, President Trump has repeatedly stated he would nominate justices hostile to abortion rights to the Supreme Courtâ€”a particularly disturbing promise since he could announce his nominee to replace Justice Scalia at any time.
The importance of judicial appointments and Supreme Court precedent was recently illustrated in the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s landmark ruling in Whole Womanâ€™s Healthv. Hellerstedtâ€”the most significant abortion-related ruling from the Court in more than two decades.Â Whole Womanâ€™s Healthâ€”which was the result of a legal challenge to two Texas laws brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights–reaffirmed the core principle of Roe and a womanâ€™s constitutional right to access abortion.
When abortion is put out of reach, some women will find safe methods to end a pregnancy and others will resort to methods that are dangerous, ineffective, or life-threatening.Â Many women shared their stories of ending their pregnancies before Roe in amicus briefs submitted last year supporting the Centerâ€™s challenge to Texasâ€™ unconstitutional abortion restrictions in the Whole Womanâ€™s Health case.
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