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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.

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“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.

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.

Roe v. Wade and abortion access in America

Roe v. Wade overturned: The Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade, which for nearly 50 years has protected the right to abortion. Read the full decision here.

What happens next?: The legality of abortion will be left to individual states. That likely will mean 52 percent of women of childbearing age would face new abortion limits. Thirteen states with “trigger bans” will ban abortion within 30 days. Several other states where recent antiabortion legislation has been blocked by the courts are expected to act next.

State legislation: As Republican-led states move to restrict abortion, The Post is tracking legislation across the country on 15-week bans, Texas-style bans, trigger laws and abortion pill bans, as well as Democratic-dominated states that are moving to protect abortion rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade.

How our readers feel: In the hours that followed the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Washington Post readers responded in droves to a callout asking how they felt — and why.