Analysis: What is next for pro-life legislation?

Last week, a Missouri judge ruling against a state pro-life law which was drafted to withstand judicial review. The decision calls into question whether any legislation is possible on abortion in the first two trimesters of pregnancy, and whether a new Supreme Court decision on the issue is now inevitable.

A growing number of state legislatures have passed legislation banning abortions past certain stages of pregnancy.

The laws include “pain-capable” bills—banning abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, a point at which some studies say unborn children can feel pain—and “heartbeat” bills—banning abortions after around eight weeks post-gestation when a baby’s heartbeat can be detected.

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