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FEATURE | fall 2006

Pulling the State Triggers
What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned

Should voters fail to defeat South Dakota’s anti-abortion law and the U.S. Supreme Court then overturn Roe v. Wade, the reproductive-rights battle would revert back to the 50 states. Experts believe that as many as 30 states could outlaw abortion if Roe is overturned. Some states have set up ‘trigger laws’ that would ban abortion if Roe fell. Still others have pre-1973 abortion bans on their books that may or may not hold up if Roe is overturned. Here’s the breakdown according to the Guttmacher Institute and NARAL Pro-Choice America.