New abortion laws in 8 states cause nationwide reactions

By Catherine McLaughlin, News Editor

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Eight states passed new abortion laws prohibiting or limiting women’s right to an abortion which has been meet with nationwide protests.

Alabama’s bill is the only one so far to completely ban abortions; however other states just stopped short of a total ban. Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio passed a heartbeat bill that says an abortion can not be had after six to eight weeks when a doctor is able to detect the fetus’ heartbeat. Utah and Arkansas voted to stop abortions after the middle of the second trimester, which is about at 18 weeks.

“I have prayed my way through this bill,” Alabama state Rep. Terri Collins (R) said in an interview with The Washington Post on May 17. “This is the way we get where we want to get eventually.”

Most democrats believe that the new laws are intended by Republicans for a potential reversal of the 1973 court decision in Roe v. Wade.

“The appointment of Kavanaugh focused legislators across the country on abortion,” Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst at Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights, said in an interview with the New York Times on May 17. “It focused conservative legislators to pass abortion restrictions that they hope will be challenged and end up before the court, so the court can undermine or overturn abortion rights.”

In order to protect abortion rights in other parts of the country, legislators in New York have passed laws to guarantee the right to an abortion. Vermont is also looking to pass protective laws as well. However, in Louisiana abortion bans are on the state senate floor and are being proposed in several other states.