States had introduced dozens of anti-abortion bills this year and now they are aiming to chip away at Roe V. Wade. two years ago, Rep. Lola Sheldon introduced a bill in the Montana House that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed that bill and two other anti-abortion measures passed by the Republican-led state legislature.
States Aim To Chip Away At Roe V Wade
Supreme Court case, Roe V. Wade, affirmed that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right in 1973. Three supreme court justices, as well as 220 judges on the federal appellate and district courts, were appointed by Trump and confirmed by the US Senate led by Mitch McConnell.
In the veto message by Gov. Steve Bullock, he wrote that “for over 40 years, the US Supreme Court has recognized that the US constitution prohibits a state banning abortion”. Republican Greg Gianforte, who was replaced for Bullock, has promised to sign any bill that puts new limits on abortion. The right was further tilted with last year’s confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, giving the high court a makeup of six justices appointed by Republican presidents and three appointed by Democrats. According to the national communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, Kristin Ford, more than 60 bills have been introduced or passed in state legislatures so far this year to restrict abortion. Most of the states are in conservative-leaning states like Montana, Kansas, and Wyoming.
He also said that “These legislators are willing to do whatever it takes to advance their extreme agenda of gutting Roe V. Wade and pushing abortion care as far out of reach as possible. With Roe in the crosshairs, the stakes for women, people who are pregnant and families are higher than ever”.
Abortion-rights advocates opinioned that one of those bills could be challenged
Abortion-right advocates including Ford said that any one of those bills could be challenged. They also said that this could make its way to the Supreme Court. Sheldon Galloway, one of the lawmakers said that “if this legislation made it all the way to the Supreme Court, that would be a good thing because we need to revisit Roe V. Wade”. She also said that her bill dubbed that Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would protect unborn children who might feel pain during an abortion.
Abortion-right advocates said that the bill is based on dubious science and that abortions at that point in pregnancy are rare and usually happen only for medical reasons. Alison James, chairperson of Montanana for Choice, an abortion-rights group said that “there are very few abortions that happen after 20 weeks, and when they do they usually occur because of a significant medical issue”.