UNITED STATES: In Houston, Texas, more than 200 protesters gathered in front of a federal courthouse on Friday to express their outrage following the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the precedent-setting Roe v. Wade ruling, which removed the US constitution’s right to an abortion.
Texas is one of 13 states that have enacted “trigger laws” that forbid or severely restrict abortions if the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned.
The judgement made on Friday will ultimately limit access to abortion in approximately half of the 50 states.
Texas led the charge in opposition to women’s reproductive rights. The nation’s harshest anti-abortion law was originally passed by the Republican-controlled state last year, spurring other legislatures to follow suit.
Republicans passed the trigger law that outlaws all abortions whenever the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, making the operation illegal after six weeks of pregnancy since September.
Conservatives, who have long fought to restrict access to abortion in the US, won the argument
Texas’ trigger-law forbids abortions beginning at conception and requires women to give birth regardless of whether their pregnancies were caused by rape, incest, or serious foetal defects.
The legislation only makes a few specific exceptions for expectant mothers who are in danger of dying or experiencing “substantial impairment.”
Additionally, it provides for sanctions to be levied against those who facilitate access to or performance of abortions, such as Uber drivers, and doctors who break the law face life in prison.
According to polls, the majority of Americans opposed overturning Roe v. Wade.
However, in the United States, voter turnout is often low in elections for state legislatures, which are now in charge of their own abortion laws.