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Is abortion illegal in the United States? It depends on where you live

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  • Is abortion illegal in the United States now?
  • Some Republican-led states have banned abortion.
  • Several Democrat-led states have taken action.

IS ABORTION ILLEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES? After the Supreme Court ruling on abortion was announced, questions have begun to arise about what exactly it means and whether it is now illegal in the entire country. Several states have begun to ban the practice, especially states where Republicans are in power.

Likewise, some Democratic leaders have begun to take measures to protect abortion in their states. It is for this reason that people have begun to wonder if all states will be banning abortion or if it will remain legal in some places.


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On Friday, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had granted a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half the states, though when those laws will take effect varies, The Associated Press reported.

For this reason, questions continue to arise and people are wondering if this means abortion is now illegal in every state. The ruling doesn’t ban abortion, it simply says it’s not a guaranteed right. Each state will enact their own abortion laws. Some states have already moved to ban the practice.

Some states ban abortion

States ban abortion USA: Do you expect a formal ruling?
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Some Republican-led states will ban or severely limit abortion immediately, while other restrictions will take effect later. At least one state, Texas, is waiting until the Supreme Court issues its formal ruling on the case, which is separate from Friday’s opinion and could take about a month, the AP reported.

Meanwhile, pending the formal ruling, several Democratic-led states have taken steps to protect access to abortion. The decision also raises the possibility of legal battles between states over whether providers and those who help women get abortions can be sued or prosecuted, the AP said. Filed Under: States Ban US Abortion

An ongoing struggle?

States ban abortion US: A constant struggle?
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In 2019, Alabama lawmakers passed what was then the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy with no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The only exception would be when the woman’s health was at serious risk, The Associated Press reported.

Now, following the ruling, it has been revealed that abortions became almost completely illegal in Alabama on Friday. A 2019 state abortion ban went into effect making it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, with no exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Filed Under: States Ban US Abortion

What about Georgia?

For Georgia?
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In Georgia, there is a Republican legislature and governor who support abortion restrictions but they are all up for re-election in November. Republicans are likely to retain legislative control, but there is a chance a Democrat could become governor, according to the AP.

Following the court’s ruling, it was announced that the change could come amid closely contested races in Georgia for governor and US Senate. Democratic US Senator Raphael Warnock and gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams say they want to secure abortion rights.

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