Laws ban­ning abor­tions re­main on books in Mas­sachusetts, R.I.

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ap­point­ment of Judge Brett Ka­vanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised the prospect that a new con­ser­va­tive court ma­jor­ity might con­sider over­turn­ing or weak­en­ing the 1973 Roe v. Wade rul­ing es­tab­lish­ing a na­tion­wide right to abor­tion.

Four states — Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, North Dakota and South Dakota — al­ready have laws de­signed to pro­hibit most abor­tions if the Roe rul­ing were over­turned.

Sev­eral other states have laws adopted be­fore the Roe rul­ing that ban many abor­tions and that have not been re­moved from their statutes. It’s un­clear whether those laws au­to­mat­i­cally would take ef­fect if the Roe prece­dent were over­turned. Some state courts also have ruled that abor­tion rights are pro­tected un­der their state’s con­sti­tu­tion.

Here’s a look at some states with old abor­tion laws still on the books or with newer laws that could be trig­gered if Roe were re­versed:

MAS­SACHUSETTS: Im­poses sen­tences of up to seven years in prison and fines up to $2,000 for pro­vid­ing any “nox­ious thing” or us­ing an in­stru­ment with the “in­tent to pro­cure the mis­car­riage of a woman.” The abor­tion ban dates to 1845.

RHODE IS­LAND: A 1973 law, en­acted just a cou­ple of months af­ter the Roe rul­ing, im­poses prison sen­tences of one to seven years for us­ing an in­stru­ment or pro­vid­ing a “nox­ious thing” with the “in­tent to pro­cure the mis­car­riage of any preg­nant woman,” un­less nec­es­sary to pre­serve her life.

MICHI­GAN: Makes it a felony to use an in­stru­ment or ad­min­is­ter any sub­stance with the in­tent “to pro­cure the mis­car­riage” of a woman un­less nec­es­sary to pre­serve her life. The abor­tion ban dates to a 1931 law.

WEST VIR­GINIA: Im­poses prison sen­tences of three to 10 years for us­ing any means on a woman in­tended to “de­stroy her un­born child or to pro­duce abor­tion or mis­car­riage,” un­less done to save the woman’s life. The law dates to 1882.

WIS­CON­SIN: Cre­ates a felony for any­one other than the preg­nant woman “who in­ten­tion­ally de­stroys the life of an un­born child,” un­less per­formed by a physi­cian when nec­es­sary to save the woman’s life. Though the law has changed over time, the abor­tion ban dates to at least 1849.

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