Pro-Abortion Law Firm: 30 States Would Likely Ban Abortion if Roe Reversed

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 8, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Law Firm: 30 States Would Likely Ban Abortion if Roe Reversed

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 8,

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-abortion law firm has released a new report saying thirty states are likely to ban most or all abortions if the Supreme Court reverses the Roe v. Wade decision. The firm also conducted a poll finding many Americans are unaware of pro-life efforts to get abortion bans in place for when the high court overturns the case.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights says Roe is under attack like never before with pro-life activists using new strategies at both the state and federal level.

It’s most recent version of its report "What if Roe Fell?" finds that pro-life groups are advocating both immediate bans on abortion as well as trigger laws that would make abortions illegal if Roe is reversed.

"Across the country, a dangerous, but largely undetected movement is laying the foundation for a post-Roe world in which abortion would once again be a crime," Nancy Northup, president of the Center, said in a statement received.

The center says seventeen states have introduced 38 abortion bans or trigger laws in the last three years.

Four states, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota have introduced abortion bans and South Dakota’s legislature was the only one to approve it (though voters there narrowly rejected the measure afterwards).

The pro-abortion law firm also reported that more than two dozen states would likely ban abortion or have trigger laws immediately going into effect after a potential Supreme Court decision overturning the major abortion case.

It lists 21 states as most likely to ban abortions in that instance: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

It classifies another 9 states as somewhat likely: Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, the abortion advocacy group hired Lake Research Partners to do a survey about Roe issues.

According to the polling data, 63 percent of Americans believe that Roe v. Wade is increasingly vulnerable under the current Supreme Court.

Another 60 percent are largely unaware of legislative efforts underway at the state level to ban abortion or put trigger laws in place. And about 58 percent of those polled are not aware of the current laws on abortion in their home state.

The survey reached 1,000 registered voters nationwide and it had a 2.7 percent margin of error.