Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade.
Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — which means as early as six weeks.
Georgia could join them. And Alabama may go further, with a bill introduced last week to criminalize abortion at any stage unless the mother’s health is in jeopardy.
Whether the high court will take up any of these cases remains to be seen. And if it does, it is unclear how it might rule.