It’s Women’s Equality Week—and Three More Total Abortion Bans Are About to Take Effect


Abortion rights activists collect on the Federal Courthouse Plaza in Austin, Texas, on June 24, 2022, after the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court docket. (Suzanne Cordeiro / AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

For ladies within the U.S., this week is often a trigger for celebrating the date in 1920, when our proper to vote was lastly enshrined within the Structure. However this yr is marked by a merciless irony. On Thursday, legal guidelines in Texas, Tennessee and Idaho will take impact that both outlaw abortion solely, or enhance penalties for docs who carry out an abortion. The very subsequent day, the U.S. will commemorate Girls’s Equality Day. You’ll perceive if we don’t really feel very similar to celebrating. 

Abortion bans harm women—not solely their well being, but additionally by denying them equal alternatives in schooling, employment and politics. A report carried out by the Institute for Girls’s Coverage Analysis (IWPR) estimates if all state-level abortion restrictions have been eradicated, there could be over a half one million extra girls aged 15 to 44 within the labor drive.

Earlier than this week, whole bans have been already in impact Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Earlier than this week, whole bans have been already in impact Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota (Center for Reproductive Rights)

The three extra scheduled to take impact this week are summarized under.


Idaho’s “trigger” law, set to take impact Thursdaybans all abortions, besides in instances involving rape or when a lady’s life is at risk.

However the legislation might nonetheless be blocked: Earlier this month, the Biden administration filed a lawsuit in opposition to Idaho for proscribing entry to abortion to sufferers who want lifesaving medical therapy. This case marked the primary Justice Division problem for the reason that Supreme Court docket overturned Roe v. Wade on the finish of June. A federal choose in Idaho will rule by Wednesday if the legislation is allowed to take impact.


For the reason that fall of Roe, Tennessee has had a six-week ban in place. (Most ladies have no idea they’re pregnant presently, since a six-week ban solely offers a pregnant particular person two weeks after their missed interval to acquire an abortion.)

On Thursday, Aug. 25, practically all abortions will likely be outlawed. The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest.


In Texas, abortion is already outlawed outright, due to an outdated 1925 law that Lawyer Basic Ken Paxton (R) declared in impact as soon as Roe was overturned.

On Thursday, a brand new legislation will take impact to extend the punishment for anybody who performs an abortion: life in jail and fines at least $100,000.

Indiana and Arizona Bans to Take Impact in September

Indiana was the primary state to cross a brand new abortion restriction after Roe v. Wade‘s overturn. The legislation, Senate Bill 1, bans practically all abortions and takes impact on Sept. 15. The legislation does make exceptions within the case of rape, incest or medical emergency, however sophisticated course of is required for such abortions to be carried out.

A legislation in Arizona banning abortion after 15 weeks is scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 24. Within the meantime, Lawyer Basic Mark Brnovich (R)—who’s up for reelection in November—is pushing for a stricter one.

Editor’s observe: Ms. is preserving monitor of the altering panorama of abortion care and can proceed to replace this tracker as state insurance policies proceed to morph and alter.

The Center for Reproductive Rights’ “After Roe Fell” tool examines state-level legal guidelines and insurance policies. Its interactive maps group states into 5 classes: expanded entry, protected, not protected, hostile and unlawful.

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