The Trump-era Supreme Court could erode abortion access with a ‘death by 1,000 cuts’ image

Business Insider, February 1, 2017
Rebecca Harrington, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)


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Glenn Cohen, a health-law expert and professor at Harvard Law School, said two kinds of laws provide the most likely paths for SCOTUS to overturn or undermine Roe.

The first are known as fetal-pain laws. They aim to ban abortions when a fetus can feel pain, which legislators typically claim is after 20 weeks, though scientists disagree.

The Supreme Court has ruled that abortions are legal up to viability — when a fetus can survive on its own outside the womb — but has neglected to define exactly when that is, and hasn't taken on a fetal-pain statute, Cohen said.

The second kind of law is what reproductive rights activists call Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers, or TRAP laws, that impose strict requirements on abortion clinics and providers.

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