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US abortion reform is unlikely before 2020

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Significance

This comes as several states this year have passed legislation to restrict abortion with few exceptions and often not including incest or rape. This is partly an attempt to get the Supreme Court to intervene and perhaps overturn the 1973 Roe versus Wade case that allowed abortions nationally. Abortion opponents also think now is the right time because the Supreme Court has two new anti-abortion justices.

Impacts

  • Abortion opinion will cut across race, class, gender and, partially, party lines; a solution will be difficult.
  • Many low-income people, particularly African-American women, will be negatively affected by restricted abortion.
  • The abortion debate is likely to stoke further violence in public as both sides clash.
  • Roe versus Wade is unlikely to be overturned before 2020.
  • States face public boycotts, such as to tourism, as response to their abortion laws.
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