Senate Democrats vow to immediately push for legislation that will make abortion legal nationally throughout the country to ensure the protection of women. Following the news about a leaked draft indicating that majority of the Supreme Court members have voted in favor of reversing the 1973 Roe v Wade decision, Senate Majority Leader Schumer announced with urgency that the Senate House will vote to pass a pro-abortion bill. As it is, several states in the US have a set of so-called “trigger laws,” which will take effect once the high court’s Roe versus Wade judgment is rescinded.
The Democrats still have to work hard to garner votes coming from at least 10 Republicans in order to pass a bill protecting the rights of women to access abortion. Such a right has been available to them for nearly 50 years now, ever since the Supreme Court upheld the lower courts’ decision on the Roe v Wade abortion case of 1973.
Republicans on the other hand, are poised to end all exceptions cited as acceptable reasons in states that do not support abortion. Rape, health of the fetus, health of the mother, and incest are examples of reasons considered as exceptions in at least 22 states that banned abortion prior to the Roe v Wade ruling.
What Exactly are the So-Called Anti-Abortion “Trigger Laws”?
Inasmuch as some states still have laws that prohibit abortion per se, said laws are still in place. At present, the laws could not be enforced in light of the Supreme Court 1973 ruling that upheld Roe’s right to abortion. Nevertheless, many conservatives have for years tried to get the Roe v Wade judgment reversed to make abortion illegal in their jurisdiction.
In the event that the ruling is overturned, as what the leaked draft revealed, the abortion ban “trigger laws” will automatically take effect. The unofficial report is that the Supreme Court will release the ruling either in June or July, which as a result, will trigger the anti-abortion laws that require rape victims and women whose life is endangered by a pregnant condition, to carry on with their respective pregnancy up to the full term.