26 States Will Ban All or Most Abortions if Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade Micaiah Bilger for Life News
More than half the country would protect unborn babies by banning all or most abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, a new analysis of state tendencies on abortion predicts.
The estimate comes from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group that studies abortion. According to its analysis, 26 states “are certain or likely to ban abortions” if the U.S. Supreme Court gets rid of Roe.
The high court currently is considering doing just that. Last week, the justices heard a major abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, that directly challenges Roe. Lawyers for the state of Mississippi urged the court to overturn its 1973 abortion ruling and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. A ruling is not likely until the spring or summer of 2022.
In the meantime, experts are making predictions about what the Supreme Court might do and how states would respond if Roe is overturned.
While no one knows what the court will do, the Guttmacher Institute pointed out that “by even accepting the case, the court has signaled that it is willing to revisit the legality of abortion.”
Many states already have taken action to protect unborn babies from abortion in anticipation of the day when Roe will be overturned. The Guttmacher analysis identified 21 states that have laws or constitutional amendments that would ban abortions once the power to do so returns to the states.
These are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Some of these states still have pre-Roe laws that prohibit abortions, and others have trigger laws that immediately will outlaw the killing of unborn babies in abortions once Roe is overturned. Several also have multiple pro-life laws in place including heartbeat laws and other legislation that would limit or ban abortions if the courts allow them to do so.
Additionally, Guttmacher predicts that five more states would move quickly to protect unborn babies from abortion if Roe is overturned. Florida, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming have passed a number of pro-life laws in recent years, and they likely would take action “as soon as possible” to protect unborn babies by passing abortion bans, according to the analysis.