MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - 2022/07/02: Pro-choice protester holds a placard expressing her opinion during the demonstration. Crowds of pro-choice protesters and supporters reacted to the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and abolish the constitutional right to abortion in the USA. (Photo by Michael Currie/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Which States Have Abortion Trigger Laws, And What Does That Mean?
The overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court means the legality of abortion is now up to individual state governments, destroying the constitutional right to an abortion. Some states may continue to support abortion rights, while others have enacted "trigger laws" in advance — here's what that means.
States with "trigger laws" planned to make abortion illegal or severely limited the minute Roe v. Wade was overturned; these states include Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. If you live in any of these states, here's what to do to protect yourself.
Keep yourself updated by researching new policies for your state; some states have already enacted anti-abortion laws, while others are in the process. The best way to protect yourself is to prevent pregnancy by finding out how to obtain contraception and using it; also, use verified sources to figure out where and how to get a safe and legal abortion if the need arises.