These cities, states say they won’t enforce abortion bans

After a leaked Supreme Court draft decision indicated the high court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which would effectively eliminate federal abortion protections and lead to bans in a number of states, some state and local officials have said they will not prosecute abortion-related cases.


The draft ruling published by Politico in May would give individual states authority over abortion access. According to abortion rights advocacy group Guttmacher Institute:

  • Thirteen states have so-called trigger laws in place that would almost immediately ban or severely restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
  • Another nine states still have laws or constitutional amendments against the procedure in place from before the 1973 decision.
  • A number of states have also moved to restrict abortion access in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter.

Abortion holdouts: But some state and local officials, even in states that have the trigger laws in place, have said they are not intent on prosecuting people over the matter, possibly putting officials at odds with one another.


Follow the link below to see a list of state and local officials who say they do not plan enforcing abortion bans.