A divided Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the national legalization of abortion that has been in place in the U.S. for nearly 50 years.
The 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision affirmed the right to receive an abortion under the 14th Amendment, ruling that abortions were constitutionally protected up until about 23 weeks when a fetus could be able to live outside the womb.
Because of a Kentucky law passed in 2019, an immediate ban is now in place in Kentucky. The trigger law that requires the state to immediately stop abortion services if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade.
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