Editor's note:The recent and unprecedented leak of a draft decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that would overturn 1973's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling could dramatically alter the state of reproductive health care in America. The removal of federal protection for abortion rights would be a seismic shift with far-reaching implications. As the world's largest sexual health platform, Giddy is committed to thorough and fact-based coverage of this issue. Here, we present the third in an ongoing series of data-driven articles exploring the changing landscape of abortion rights and its effects on sexual health in America.
All across the country, Americans are awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The decision, which is expected sometime in June, could overturn abortion rights that have been guaranteed in this country since the court's landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.
Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion in the case was leaked in early May and argued that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start." If the other conservative justices vote in line with Alito, Roe will be overturned.
Ahead of the decision, several states, such as Oklahoma, have already begun rolling back abortion rights, and many more are poised to severely limit abortion or restrict it entirely. Some have "trigger bans"—laws created after Roe that will automatically ban abortion if it is overturned—while others have pre-Roe legislation still on the books that will be able to be enforced again.
Here we take a look at the state of abortion at the state level, including current restrictions such as targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws, parental notification or consent for minors, biased counseling requirements, mandatory ultrasound and waiting periods. We also look at the laws that are likely to go into effect if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights.