New abortion laws could see many women and doctors face criminal charges

New abortion laws could see many women and doctors face criminal charges

  • Period-tracking apps, telehealth appointments, mail-in pharmacy requests and other data could be used as evidence in criminal cases for people involved in abortions, experts have said.
  • States that have already passed laws redefining “personhood” to include an unborn child may mean that people seeking abortions or anyone assisting them could face charges of feticide or aggravated assault, among other charges. charges.
  • To date, more than 80 elected district attorneys and attorneys general across the country, including in red states, have pledged to use their discretion not to indict individuals or those who help them end a pregnancy if federal abortion rights were revoked.

If the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade this month, lawmakers and the law law enforcement may have various means to prosecute women and health care providers who participate in abortions largely because of technology that did not exist before the landmark 1973 decision protecting the right to ‘abortion.

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