Overturning the landmark case Roe v. Wade’s Supreme Court ruling should change what access to abortion looks like in America almost immediately, with nearly half of the states on track to ban or severely restrict the procedure.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading reproductive rights group, 22 states have already passed laws or constitutional amendments that could be quickly used to try to ban abortion as a result of the decision.
The laws include abortion bans that were already in place in a number of states before the Supreme Court ruled in its 1973 Roe decision that there was a constitutional right to abortion.
Other states have so-called trigger laws that ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe’s decision.
And a dozen states will ban abortion after six weeks, which abortion rights advocates argue is effectively a ban on the procedure, since most people don’t know they’re pregnant by that time.