Both pro- and anti-choice activists are preparing the state legislative landscape on abortion for the next President and his or her Supreme Court nominees. The right’s latest tactic is the ban-in-waiting — a ban on abortion that springs into effect upon the reversal of Roe.
A year ago today, on April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court upheld a federal ban on a specific abortion procedure. The law deliberately omitted an exception allowing doctors to act if a woman’s health is in danger. Now, copycat legislation is being introduced in states across the country.