Tuesday, August 16

Abortion trigger laws challenged in Utah, Kentucky, Louisiana, Idaho

US abortion providers are challenging a growing number of state “trigger laws” designed to ban abortion after the Supreme Court ended constitutional abortion protections.

A handful of challenges to trigger laws adopted in 13 states come as states also face expected legal battles over certain restrictions – such as bans on abortions over six or 15 weeks – as well as outdated bans from as far back to the 19th century that were never removed from state statues after the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

Since the June 24 Supreme Court ruling, judges have put trigger laws on hold in Louisiana and Utah, while other challenges are pending in Kentucky, Idaho and Mississippi. More are likely, said Mary Ziegler, a University of Florida law professor who focuses on abortion.


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