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Abortion in the United States

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In the United States, abortion was federally legal under Roe v. Wade (the 1973 court case with which abortion was no longer a criminal act) until 2022.[1] In 2022, the Supreme Court decided Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, ending federal abortion rights.[2]In several states, there are trigger laws under which made abortion illegal, and these laws came into effect when Roe vs. Wade ended. The decision also impacted abortion rights in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi, most of which are Republican.[3] Most anti-abortion movement officials are conservative Republicans in a number of U.S. states. Few, however, are anti-abortion while advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals (examples include the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, PLAGAL for short).[4]

Hyde amendment[change | change source]

The Hyde amendment (enacted in 1976) doesn't allow Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal funds to be used for abortion except if the mother's life is in danger, the mother was raped/sexually assaulted, or became pregnant through incest.[5] This applies to thirty-two out of fifty states. They include Iowa, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Virginia, and Michigan.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Wilson, Joshua C. (July 2020). "Striving to Rollback or Protect the Roe–the State Legislations and Trump-Era Politics". The Journal of Federalism. 50 (3): 370–397. doi:10.1093/publius/pjaa015. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  2. Mangan, Dan; Breuninger, Kevin (24 June 2022). "Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights". CNBC. Archived from the original on June 25, 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  3. "The Doctors' Organization – Calling the Abortion Bans Fetal Heartbeat is Misleading". The Guardian. 5 June 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  4. "Pro-Life Alliances of Gays and Lesbians". Guidestar. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  5. "The Hyde Amendment" (PDF). The National Committees of the Human Life Amendment. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-16. Retrieved May 8, 2022.