IN 1973, ROE v Wade was instituted by the Supreme Court to protect the right to abortion for women around the country.
If lawmakers decide to reverse this decision, trigger laws will go into effect.
What is a trigger law?
A trigger law is an unofficial term for a law that is unenforceable on a federal level but can be achieved in a state-by-state circumstance.
One prominent example of a trigger law is abortion.
If Roe v Wade is overturned federally, individual states will have the ability to ban the act of abortion without federal permission.
These laws can go into effect immediately.
More than 12 states across America have trigger laws that would ban or restrict abortions the moment the Supreme Court overturns their decision; if they do.
Which states have them?
There are 13 states with trigger laws in action that would automatically ban abortion in the first two trimesters should Roe v Wade be overturned federally, including:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
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Ten states – Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas – already have laws restricting abortions statewide.
Are trigger laws only in place for abortion?
Another instance in which a trigger law would go into effect immediately occurs with the Affordable Care Act and its offering of Medicaid to a wide variety of citizens.
Over eight states have laws that would trigger an end to Medicaid participation if federal funding fell under a certain level.
This law would not be deemed unconstitutional, as the end to abortion laws would.