Sean Hannity suggested on Tuesday that if the Supreme Court really upside down Roe v. WadeThe 1973 law legalized abortion nationwide, which is not a concern.
After all, the Fox host claims, “will not lose access to abortion.” While “there may be restrictions in some states,” he added, “there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone who wants a chance.”
Hannity’s comments do not provide a fair depiction of the consequences of having the high court decide the matter at the state level. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 23 states have laws can be used to limit access abortion if Roe overturned. That includes the current 13 states Available in place “Activating the moratorium”, means that abortion will be essentially banned immediately after the Supreme Court ruling.
Last week, for example, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law a measure that prohibits abortion after about six weeks — before many women know they are pregnant — and does not include exceptions for rape or incest.
Modeled after the law already on the books In Texas, the law would also allow individuals to sue anyone who not only performs an abortion but even pushes anyone seeking an abortion to a clinic, with a reward of as little as $10,000. Stitt passed the legislation less than a month after signing another bill that would make abortion a felony, with a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and 10 years in prison.