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GOP politicians defend post-Roe bans

Lawmakers like Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and more spoke on June 26 about the overturning of Roe. (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

Republican governors on Sunday defended their states’ “trigger laws” on abortion, which will ban the procedure within 30 days of the Supreme Court’s Friday decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Many of the state laws lack exceptions for rape or incest.

“I believe every life is precious,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem (R) said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “ … I just have never believed that having a tragedy or a tragic situation happen to someone is a reason to have another tragedy occur.” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) spoke in support of his state’s trigger law, despite previously expressing unease toward its lack of exceptions for incest or rape. The ban makes an exception for protecting the life of the mother.

As the abortion decision drew sharp criticism from leaders abroad, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, lawmakers in the United States were looking toward the midterm elections in November with varying focuses on the post-Roe landscape.

What else you need to know

  • Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to arrest protesters outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • Demonstrations celebrating and condemning the fall of Roe continued to reverberate across the country Sunday. The gatherings have been largely peaceful, though damage and temporary road closures were reported in some cities this weekend.
  • The Friday vote to uphold a restrictive Mississippi abortion law was 6 to 3. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., though, criticized his conservative colleagues for taking the additional step of overturning Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which had reaffirmed the right to abortion.
  • In their joint dissent, the court’s three liberal justices took note of the states that will move quickly to restrict abortion access and emphasized the sweeping effect of the court’s decision on the rights of women to terminate their pregnancies.
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