Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. This includes measures like prohibiting certain common types of procedure and requiring parental consent for teenagers who need abortions.
Hellerstedtthe Supreme Court in a decision on June 27, swept away forms of state restrictions on the way abortion clinics can function.
InNew York passed the Reproductive Health Act RHAwhich repealed a pre-Roe provision that banned third-trimester abortions except in cases where the continuation of the pregnancy endangered a pregnant woman's life.
In May thousands of people took part in coordinated rallies, calling on states to stopthebans, and people all over the world continue to raise their voices in defence of reproductive rights. After viability a woman can obtain an abortion for health reasons, which the Court defined broadly to include psychological well-being.
Mississippi If a new Mississippi law survives a court challengeit will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. The Court struck down these two provisions "facially" from the law at issue —that is, the very words of the provisions were invalid, no matter how they might be applied in any practical situation.
Congress has barred the use of federal Medicaid funds to pay for abortions, except when the woman's life would be endangered by a full-term pregnancy or in cases of rape or incest. In repeated studies since the early s, leading experts have concluded that abortion does not pose a hazard to women's mental health.
Some states included provisions allowing for abortion in limited circumstances, generally to protect the woman's life or to terminate pregnancies arising from rape or incest.
The ban includes exceptions for rape, incest and medical emergencies. Bolton decision defined "health" in vague terms, justifying any motive for obtaining an abortion. Advances over the past three decades have allowed fetuses that are a few weeks less than 24 weeks old to survive outside the woman's womb.
There is also no indication that abortion is a risk factor for other cancers.