When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the battle over abortion rights has moved to the state level. Now, abortion services are completely banned in seven states, and bans will soon go into effect in four others with so-called trigger laws.
President Biden in a meeting with nine Democratic governors this afternoon to discuss it all said – quote – “I think people are going to be shocked when the first state tries to arrest a woman for crossing a border state to get health services. I don’t ‘I don’t think people believe it’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen.”
The legal battles over state laws have already begun. Courts suspended groups and three states this week. And, in some states, abortion providers have been puzzled by conflicting laws and shifting leadership from leaders.
Cary Franklin joins me now to discuss the country’s new patchwork of laws. She is faculty director of the Center on Reproductive Health, Law & Policy at the UCLA School of Law.
Professor Cary Franklin, welcome to “NewsHour”.
I think a number of people are watching the – what they think might happen after Roe v. Wade. They think that the coasts of the country are wide open to abortion, but not the center of the country and the south. Is this roughly what the country will look like now?
Cary Franklin, UCLA School of Law: That seems to be what it will look like.
We see Roe interrogating the red states and the more distant blue states, in the sense that the answer, as we knew, in the anti-abortion states would be to enact more laws and more restrictions, but also, in the states of reproductive freedom, blue states, we are also seeing a lot of legislation to amplify protections and increase funding for care.
So where you live in this country is extremely important to your rights and will be even more so in the future.