Just minutes after the Supreme Court announced its decision on a Mississippi abortion law that it was overturning Roe v Wade and sending the issue of abortion back to the states, Missouri’s trigger law banning abortion went into effect.
“With this attorney general opinion, my Office has effectively ended abortion in Missouri, becoming the first state in the country to do so following the court’s ruling,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a press release less than 10 minutes after the Supreme Court released its decision, Newsweek reported.
The SCOTUS ruling on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, issued Friday, reverses the 1973 ruling that effectively legalized abortion in the United States for nearly years, preventing many attempts by the states to severely regulate or outright ban abortion.
The high court was expected to weaken or overturn Roe, so the 6-3 decision outright overruling and further determining there is no constitutional right to abortion is a massive victory for the movement to end abortion in the United States.
Over a dozen states have trigger laws that ban abortion almost completely or totally should Roe be overturned, but not all will go into effect immediately, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Tennessee.
Moments after Schmitt’s statement, the attorneys general of Louisiana and Arizona also came out with statements about where their states’ respective abortion laws now stand in light of the Dobbs decision.
“As the chief legal officer for our state, I will continue defending Louisiana’s pro-life laws and working to ensure the health and safety of women and their babies,” said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry as he announced that the state’s trigger law was now in effect.
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