Effect of Supreme Court decision: The injunction issued in Planned Parenthood ensures that abortion does not immediately become illegal. Planned Parenthood of Michigan and other supporters hope the injunction will indicate that abortion rights will be preserved in the state. But in a statement to The Associated Press, Nessel`s office said, “Given the ongoing lawsuits, we cannot speculate on the status of abortion rights in Michigan,” according to Roe. Here`s an overview of abortion legislation and the expected impact of the court decision in each state. In recent years, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed Democratic-controlled bills that improve access to abortions by allowing MaineCare — the state`s Medicaid program — to cover abortions and allow licensed medical assistants and advanced nurses to perform abortions in addition to licensed allopathic or osteopathic doctors. Maine law generally prohibits abortion on a viable basis.  ME. 22, § 1598. The state generally requires a parent, legal guardian,Id. §§ 1597-A(2), 1597-A(1)(C). adult family member, Id. §§ 1597-A(2), 1597-A(1).
or judgeId. § 1597-A(6). Consent to abortion of a minor. However, claimants may waive parental consent. Id. § 1597-A(2)(B). Kentucky bans abortions after 20 weeks, but all abortion services were temporarily halted in April after lawmakers imposed new restrictions and reporting requirements on the state`s two abortion clinics. The clinics, both located in Louisville, said they suspended abortions because state officials had not written guidelines to comply with the new law. Failure to comply with the law could result in hefty fines, penalties for crimes, and revocation of medical licenses and establishment permits. Abortions were allowed to resume after a federal judge temporarily blocked key parts of the law on June 30, including a provision banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In fact, Gov. Janet Mills and Democrats, who currently control both houses of the legislature, have expanded access to abortion in recent years, as they promised during the election campaign.
Maine was the fifth state to guarantee access to abortion when the law was passed in 1993. Other countries have followed suit. But 26 states are expected to ban or severely restrict abortion after Roe`s overthrow, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit that defends reproductive rights. What`s next: Noem has convened a special session to create laws in the new legal landscape, now that Roe v. Wade is being overthrown. She did not comment on specific laws, but lawmakers have put forward proposals that would make it harder for women to seek abortions outside the state. However, South Dakota voters rejected outright bans in 2006 and 2008, and abortion rights advocates are preparing for a similar referendum on abortion access. The ban on abortion could possibly be challenged by a citizens` electoral measure. Similar bills were defeated in 1969 and 1971 when the legislature considered holding a national referendum to make abortion a medical decision; It decided not to proceed to the vote. “Paul LePage and his anti-abortion allies celebrate the impending overthrow of Roe v.
Wade for a reason: They know it means they`re closer to taking abortion rights out of Mainer,” party leader Drew Gattine said. “If LePage and the GOP take over from Maine at Augusta next year, they would have essentially unlimited power to restrict access to abortions in Maine, and they won`t be afraid to use them. We need to re-elect the governor. Mills to protect the basic reproductive freedoms of all Mainers. Massachusetts is unlikely to restrict abortion rights. Baker signed an executive order on June 24 prohibiting state agencies from supporting another state`s investigation of individuals or companies that receive or provide legal reproductive health services in Massachusetts. The State will also not cooperate with extradition requests from States that initiate criminal proceedings against such persons. The state House of Representatives then passed a bill similar to the governor`s executive order. It would add state law protections to people seeking abortions and providers so they are not subject to the actions of other states. Background: Abortion has been legal in Washington State since a national referendum in 1970.
Another voting measure, passed by voters in 1991, declared a woman`s right to choose a doctor`s abortion before the fetal was viable, and expanded and protected access to abortion in the state if Roe v. Wade was cancelled. And in 2018, lawmakers passed a measure that would require Washington insurers providing maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception. Earlier this year, Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order granting specific legal authorization to medical assistants, advanced nurses and other providers working in their field of practice to perform abortions. Supporters say the movement is meant to help meet the demand of the potential influx of patients out of state. The same measure also prohibits any legal action by Washington State against people seeking abortions and those who help them. In Maine, the following restrictions on abortions were in effect as of June 28, 2022: However, opponents cited a deep personal belief against abortion, expressing concern that the bill removes the 48-hour waiting period and the requirement for a parent to give consent before a minor can receive an abortion. Maine requires abortion providers to submit reports to the state. Id. § 1596(2). Providers who violate Maine`s abortion restrictions may face civil and criminal penalties.  See e.g.
§§ 1594, 1598. By abolishing constitutional abortion protection at the federal level, the Supreme Court has made state governments (and politicians) arbiters of abortion policy. And in Maine, women`s access to abortion is guaranteed by law. And next: It`s impossible to predict how many other patients from surrounding states will seek care in Colorado. But Texas law could bring more people to come. Oklahoma now bans abortion in early pregnancy; Utah and Wyoming have triggered laws banning abortion; The Kansas Constitution protects abortion rights, but Republican lawmakers launched an initiative to nullify it in a primary in August. Impact of Supreme Court decision: “Here in Nevada, Roe`s overthrow would not be felt immediately,” Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a position paper released after the U.S. Supreme Court`s draft opinion was released. Noting that a federal abortion ban would replace state law, Ford said it would be naïve not to recognize that some people want to ban or make abortions more difficult.
But he said his office would fight “attacks on abortion rights, the right to access birth control and the rights of LGTBQ people.” Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order on June 28 protecting abortion patients and providers from lawsuits by other states. State agencies are not allowed to help other states investigate people who come to Nevada from other states for abortions. The ordinance also protects suppliers from disciplinary action and revocation of their licences. Impact of Supreme Court decision: Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, a Democrat, has vowed to challenge any attempt to overturn Connecticut`s abortion law. “Let`s not mince words. They will come for us,” Tong of abortion rights advocates warned at a recent press conference. “We will fight these efforts tooth and nail.
Every court, every place, Connecticut will be there and fight. The state is already implicated in major abortion cases across the country. And while Connecticut is surrounded by mostly pro-abortion states, it is still preparing to welcome patients from out of state seeking abortions after Roe`s overthrow. And then: Democratic governor. Daniel McKee signed an executive order on July 5 prohibiting state agencies from cooperating with other states` investigations into people traveling to Rhode Island to request abortions or health care providers who perform them. Two of McKee`s opponents in September`s Democratic primaries for governor, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Matt Brown, want state lawmakers to return for a special session to expand Rhode Island`s Medicaid program and insurance coverage for state employees to include abortion. Lawmakers said they would review abortion coverage next year. Background: Connecticut passed a law in 1990 granting women the right to abortion. Adopted with strong bipartisan support, it was hailed at the time as a rare compromise between supporters and opponents of abortion rights. It affirmed a woman`s full right to an abortion “before the viability of the fetus,” as well as to subsequent abortions “necessary to preserve the life and health of the pregnant woman.” It also repealed state laws prior to Roe v.
Wade, which had criminalized abortion and required that patients under the age of 16 be counseled on its options.