The Natural Consequences Of Banning Abortion

According to CBS News, Indiana is also considering a trigger law that would outlaw abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned.


Shortly after its passage in March, a federal judge temporarily blocked a Kentucky bill that banned abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat. Another law under consideration in the state would ban abortion if a person sought it because of the fetus being diagnosed with a disability, among other reasons, according to the >New York Times. The same month, Kentucky also passed a trigger law that would make abortion illegal not only in the case that Roe v. Wade were overturned, but also should an amendment be added to the United States constitution that "in whole or in part, restores to the Commonwealth of Kentucky the authority to prohibit abortion," according to CBS News.

“I would be proud if it’s Kentucky that takes it all the way up to the Supreme Court and we challenge Roe v. Wade,” Damon Thayer, the Republican majority leader of the Kentucky Senate, said in January according to the New York Times. “That would be absolutely the pinnacle of my career in the Legislature.”


A February bill asks legislators to pass a fetal heartbeat ban, prohibiting abortion after a fetus' heartbeat becomes detectable. This, again, could prohibit abortion after five to six weeks of conception, before many people know they are pregnant.


As some in the state seek to expand and secure access to abortion, others are trying to limit it. A bill recently proposed would require doctors performing abortions to anesthetize a fetus if the abortion were performed after 20 weeks, and another would establish a fetus as a person. Still, the more debated proposed bill is one that would secure and expand access to abortion in Massachusetts, though the state's Governor has indicated he won't support the bill.


Since the start of 2019, Michigan has seen a slew of anti-abortion bills. The state legislature is considering a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, and one that would ban dilation and evacuation procedures, that are more common in abortions that happen during the second trimester. Another bill would prohibit state funding from going to any health care facility that provides abortion.


In March, a Minnesota Senate panel advanced a bill that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, according to the >Duluth News Tribune. Performing, or attempting to perform, an abortion after 20 weeks gestation would become a felony should the bill pass, unless the pregnant person's life was in jeopardy or they faced serious physical harm. Another bill, which appears to not have advanced quite as far as the 20 week ban, would prohibit abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat.


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in March outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected. This bill comes at the same time as a handful of others, some with the intent of bringing abortion in front of the Supreme Court. Mississippi already has a trigger law on the books, which was passed in 2007 and would pave the path for abortion to be illegal in the state should Roe v. Wade be overturned.


In February, the Missouri House advanced a bill that would have several implications on the state's abortion laws, including banning most abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected, and imposing a trigger law to completely ban abortion in the absence of Roe v. Wade. The bill, according to the Joplin Globe, would also state "God is the author of life.” CBS News reports Missouri already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.


Legislators in Montana are currently considering a number of bills that would ban abortion, according to the Independent Record. One such bill would establish "personhood" for fetuses, therefore perhaps outlawing abortion — though it's not totally clear what the bill would achieve. Another bill would offer a pregnant person the chance to view an ultrasound of their fetus, or hear a fetal heartbeat should one be present, when seeking an abortion.

New Jersey

The New Jersey legislature is considering multiple bills that would restrict abortion access. One bill in the assembly, and one in the senate would ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, while another in the Senate would ban it after 24. Another bill in the assembly would ban dilation and evacuation abortion. While these bills were technically introduced in 2018, the legislative session runs into 2019, meaning they are being considered this year.

New York

Despite New York's passage of a reproductive rights bill that secures access to abortion, some proposed bills are trying to limit it. One bill would ban abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat, while another would essentially classify abortion as assault or homicide under the law.

North Carolina

In March, a federal judge blocked a decades-old 20-week abortion ban in the state, with a 60-day window for legislators to either amend the law, or challenge the decision. While the initial ban was passed in 1973, it was a 2015 amendment that narrowed exemptions from the ban that triggered the court decision, according to the Washington Post. On April 2, a bill was proposed that would reinstate the state's 20 week ban, including some exemptions should the pregnancy pose a serious health risk to the pregnant person.

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