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World News December 14, 2023

Several U.S. states are now grappling with abortion-related cases

In the aftermath of the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the nationwide right to abortion, several state supreme courts are now grappling with abortion-related cases. In Texas, despite a lower court initially permitting Kate Cox, facing serious pregnancy complications, to have an abortion, the Texas Supreme Court ultimately ruled against her, leading her to obtain the procedure in another state. Arizona is currently dealing with confusion surrounding its abortion laws, including a pre-statehood ban from 1864 and a separate 15-week ban; the Arizona Supreme Court is set to decide which law takes precedence. In New Mexico, local governments have passed abortion bans despite the state permitting abortions at all stages, prompting the state’s attorney general to challenge these bans as violations of the state constitution. Legal debates over Wyoming’s abortion ban are ongoing, with a district court judge pausing enforcement and considering whether to proceed with a trial or decide based on legal arguments. On a positive note for abortion rights, Michigan is reinforcing these rights after voters approved a ballot initiative, with Governor Gretchen Whitmer signing the Reproductive Health Act, including the repeal of a law prohibiting insurance coverage for abortions without a separate rider.

Source – CGTN

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