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Pence may finally get his wish.
Now that Trump has nominated a staunch "pro-life" conservative to the Supreme Court, it's possible that Roe v. Wade could get reversed.
Daily Kos theorized that new state laws could be passed that would allow abortion even it was illegal under Federal laws.
" Thomas, if Donald Trump gets his way and rams an arch-conservative Federalist Society minion on to the Supreme Court, we all know that Roe v. Wade will immediately be in the crosshairs. But if these Republicans in robes do eviscerate the reproductive rights that have been enshrined into American law for nearly half a century, it’s what happens the very next day that’s truly scary.
Ten different states, it turns out, have so-called “trigger laws” on the books: statutes that say that if Roe is overturned, abortion will instantly become illegal. Nine states, meanwhile, still have outright bans on abortion that predate Roe, and two of those also have trigger laws, just for good measure.
That’s 17 states, home to more than 70 million people—20% of the country—where, overnight, safe and legal access to abortion would disappear. That’s not even counting states without these sorts of laws where Republicans will be motivated to enact new restraints the second they can.
Unsurprisingly, most of these states are dark red and firmly under GOP control—but not all of them. Arizona and Michigan both have old bans that would spring back into effect if Roe is demolished, and you can bet that Republicans in states like Texas, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania would eagerly follow suit. These states are all up for grabs in 2020, including their Republican-run state legislatures.
That’s why Daily Kos has endorsed slates of stalwart progressives running to flip Republican-held seats in all of these states. If Democrats can break the GOP’s holds on state government, they can prevent Republicans from passing new abortion restrictions. And if they can win control, they can go a step further by repealing bans like Michigan’s and Arizona’s—and passing laws that guarantee the right to an abortion regardless of what the Supreme Court might do."
As hopeful as that sounds, though, it does not fly in the fact of the "ask your mother" law:
" Well, this my friends is how I see it... it’s the “go ask your mother” law. Regress back into your childhood and think of your father as the state law and your mother as the federal law. You want to go to a party and stay out a little later past your curfew. Your father (state) says yes but your mother (federal) says no. Who ultimately has the final say?
“Go ask your mother.”
Abortion has been widely used in America since its earliest days. In the 1950s, estimates of numbers of illegal, unsafe abortions ranged widely, from 200,000 to 1.2 million per year. The methods used were often ineffective and dangerous. Desperate women were driven into the back alley, where they endured danger and abuse, sometimes sexual.
Trump's Supreme Court could literally reverse 50 YEARS of progress in America.