Explaining the News
There’s a new state trend in 2019: passing extreme anti-abortion legislation to spark legal challenges that could prompt the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Since the beginning of the year, 15 states have introduced so-called “heartbeat bills,” which ban abortion after 6 weeks, and four of those bills have been signed into law. Such bills used to be rare. Instead of harsh bans, anti-abortion lawmakers primarily focused on more indirect ways of restricting access to abortion services. But now, with two new staunchly conservative Supreme Court justices on the bench, anti-abortion advocates are hoping this is their moment to overturn Roe once and for all.