With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice and VP Pence’s talk of seeing the end of abortion “in our time,” it is no wonder that women across the nation are a little worried about what would happen to the state of their healthcare should Roe vs Wade be overturned, and basically, what it boils down to is a hodgepodge of state laws. Some of those laws offer explicit protection, some of them outright ban access, and others are a bit more ambiguous.
Currently, there are 17 states that have laws and court orders protecting a woman’s right to abortion that are not dependent on Roe vs Wade. Ladies living in California, Hawaii, and Maine, just to name a few, don’t have to worry about a conservative Supreme Court affecting their reproductive rights.
Unfortunately for those living in Louisiana, Mississippi, or the Dakotas, if the Roe ruling is overturned, abortion will immediately become illegal. Also, there are seven states that could revert back to pre-Roe restrictions if legislation isn’t passed beforehand.
The worst of it is the 23 states that without any abortion protection laws or even any court rulings. For women in the majority of the country, their access to abortion is completely uncertain. Some states have a pro-choice learning state government and some do not, but even that isn’t a clear indication on what may happen should Kavanaugh help get Roe vs Wade overturned.