The rush of Republican-controlled states to mount a challenge to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade rulinglegalizing abortion nationwide has sparked confusion about what these new laws actually do. Here’s what you need to know.
Lawmakers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah have passed new antiabortion bills, and similar measures are pending in other states. The new laws have prompted questions about whether women who have abortions could be punished and why some of the pieces of legislation are called “heartbeat bills,” among other topics.
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