Anticipating fall of Roe v. Wade, U.S. states seeking ways to enforce restrictive abortion laws beyond their own borders
This week, Politico published a leaked draft majority U.S. Supreme Court ruling that suggests the court is getting ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the right to have an abortion. If the draft ruling, or something close to it, is ultimately what the court delivers, individual states would be permitted to regulate abortion as they choose. But some states are already seeking ways to enforce their own restrictive abortion laws in states that want to keep abortion legal and accessible, while others are considering ways to shield their residents from thos efforts. Mary Ziegler, a visiting law professor at Harvard University, and author of Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present, says this puts the country in uncharted legal territory.