The case that could lead to the repeal of Roe v. Wade may have already started.
Pro-life activists say a federal judiciary freshly stocked with Trump appointees presents the best legal landscape in decades to overturn the 1973 ruling that created a constitutional right to abortion.
And with renewed confidence in the courts, red states are pushing the envelope on abortion restrictions. Take Ohio, where legislation to protect life from the moment of conception was introduced last month. Barry Sheets, legislative consultant for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, said the possibility of challenging Roe “factors into every piece of legislation we’re working on.”
“I think it definitely will be a challenge to Roe,” Mr. Sheet said. “The bill says for the purposes of Ohio law, abortion shall not be legal in any way, shape or form. I think that naturally sets up a challenge for Roe. The way we look at it, we have to give the court something to look at.”
There were 63 abortion restrictions passed in 19 states last year, according to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, the most since 2013.
And the trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2018.