Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Measures Take Aim At Roe V. Wade This Week

These legal challenges could work their way up to the Supreme Court, setting up a showdown over Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that affirmed a woman’s legal right to abortion until fetal viability. “I certainly think their intent is to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade,” Heather Shumaker, senior counsel for reproductive rights and health at the National Women’s Law Center, told HuffPost. Shumaker believes the near-total bans signal a strategic shift on the part of anti-abortion lawmakers, who have for years chipped away at abortion access through targeted regulation of abortion providers or “TRAP” laws. […] Now, they have a bigger, longer-term goal of taking down Roe v. Wade. “Given that there has been a confirmation of a conservative judge on the Supreme Court, and there are so many Trump nominees to other federal courts, I think the anti-abortion movement really feels emboldened to pursue unconstitutional abortion bans,” Shumaker said.