Yesterday, Oct. 2, marked 100 days since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. The landmark decision had previously protected citizens' right to have a safe and legal abortion for nearly 50 years. Now, here's what's been happening with abortion rights ever since:
1.Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said that laws on same-sex marriage and contraception may be next on the chopping block:
Following the Supreme Court's ruling, Thomas wrote an opinion arguing that safe access to abortion is not a constitutional right, and therefore, all cases that previously established it as such should be reconsidered.
He specifically named Griswold v. Connecticut, Lawrence v. Texas, and Obergefell v. Hodges — cases which secured rights to contraception, same sex relationships, and marriage equality — which he believes the court should revisit.
2.Medical students at the University of Michigan walked out of their white coat ceremony in protest of Dr. Kristin Collier, their keynote speaker, who has openly discussed her anti-abortion views online.
3.Lindsay Graham introduced a national abortion ban bill:
Despite previously claiming he was against any federal abortion ban because "states should decide the issue of abortion," the senator introduced a bill that would subsequently ban abortions after just 15 weeks.
4.And Mike Pence called for a national abortion ban as well:
5.Shortly following the overturning, Plan B pills saw a surge in demand and some stores began limiting how much each person could purchase.
According to BuzzFeed News, shops like Rite Aid set a limit of three boxes per customer.
6.Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Republicans will make sure "when a kid is in the womb, they're as safe as they are in a classroom."
7.Planned Parenthood announced that they're working on a mobile clinic, which could bring consultations and abortion pill access to those in red states who want it.
The goal is to help limit the need for patients to travel in order to access care.
8.After Roe v. Wade was struck down, an Arizona judge said the state could now re-enforce its pre-Roe abortion ban, which includes a penalty of two to five years in prison for abortion providers.
9.A few government officials proved they have no idea how bodies work. Like Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, who said that women can control their "intake of semen."
10.And congressional candidate Yesli Vega, who suggested that it's harder for victims of rape to become pregnant "because there's so much going on in the body," Axios reported.
11.Keeping up with the theme of "things that don't make sense," a Florida court judge ruled that a 16-year-old was not "mature" enough to decide if she wanted to have an abortion. Yet, somehow, she was mature enough to have a baby? I'm still lost.
The unnamed team approached the court in hopes of getting around Florida's requirement for minors to receive permission from a parent or legal guardian to have an abortion. However, the teen described herself as "parentless."
12.In the White House, good ol' Joseph Robinette Biden signed an executive order to protect abortion access and patient privacy...
13....however, this came after a wave of criticism for failing to do something to protect Roe after the Supreme Court's opinion leaked ahead of their ruling...
14....and failing to codify Roe in the first place.
15.Oh, and speaking of the leaked opinion draft...Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an investigation into who leaked it. Haven't heard anything about that since.
16.While government officials are figuring things out, a plethora of celebs decided to take actions themselves. Many immediately pledged donations to pro–abortion rights groups and funds, including Chris Evans...
17....and his internet wife, Lizzo.
18.Olivia Rodrigo paused a performance to defend people's right to choose, saying, "I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about how heartbroken I am over the Supreme Court's potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. ... I hope we can raise our voices to protect our right to have a safe abortion, which is a right that so many people before us have worked so hard to get.”
19.Likewise, Megan Thee Stallion told the Glastonbury Music Festival crowd, "I want to have it on the motherfucking record that the hot boys and the hot girls do not support this bullshit that y’all campaign for. My body is my motherfucking choice."
20.And Halsey projected a strong message behind her during a set, declaring, "Don't wait for revolutionaries to change the world. Be the revolutionaries. No one is coming to do the work for us. The work is ours and we have to do it now."
21.States across the US are currently divided on abortion rights. Some have implemented full bans, others have 6-, 15-, 18-, and 20-week bans, and others have kept it legal. Here's where different states land:
22.As of today, abortion is fully banned in the following states:
Wisconsin, South Dakota, Idaho, Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama.
23.The state of Georgia has a six-week abortion ban.
24.North Carolina issued an abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
25.Utah bans abortion after 18 weeks.
26.And Florida bans abortion after 15 weeks.
27.Meanwhile, abortion has remained legal in the following states:
Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Minnesota, Illinois, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland.
28.And abortion is currently legal but limited in:
Nevada, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
29.Several lawsuits have popped up against states with abortion bans, including one in Florida where three rabbis, a minister, a priest, and a Buddhist lama have joined forces to sue the state.
The religious leaders argue that Florida's abortion ban after 15 weeks violates their religious freedom rights, US News reports.
30.The Biden administration sued Idaho — which, remember, has a full abortion ban in place — and came away with a small victory.
According to NBC News, abortion will now be allowed when necessary for emergency medical treatment.
31.In states like Georgia, where Stacey Abrams is famously running against Brian Kemp, the midterms have become a battleground for abortion rights.
Abrams promises to work on reversing the state's six-week ban, and Kemp hopes to keep the law in place.
32.In Pennsylvania, gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has expressed opposition for exceptions in cases of rape or health.
He's up against Democratic candidate Josh Shapiro, who says he'll protect abortion clinics and patients within the state.