Senate will vote on legislation to codify abortion rights into law on Wednesday in reaction to leaked draft decision indicating Supreme Court is poised to overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, says Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The 98-page draft majority opinion calls the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision enshrining the right to abortion "egregiously wrong from the start."
Idaho last month had become the first state to enact legislation modelled after the Texas statute banning abortions after about six weeks.
Idaho becomes the first state to enact a six-week abortion ban modeled on a Texas law that empowers private citizens to sue abortion providers.
The verdict of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit comes just two days after a district judge suspended the Texas law that he called an “offensive deprivation” of the constitutional right to an abortion.
The court's decision came days after its watershed ruling that penalising abortion is unconstitutional, a major victory for reproductive rights activists.
The bill was already approved by Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies and has the support of President Alberto Fernandez, meaning the Senate vote was its final hurdle.
Tens of thousands of protesters in Poland, mainly women, have taken to the streets against a ruling that limits abortion.
Chief justice Julia Przylebska said in a ruling that existing legislation which allows for the abortion of malformed foetuses was "incompatible" with the constitution.
The protest comes as a battle continues to legalize abortions in Argentina, where terminations are currently only permitted in cases of rape, or if the mother's health is at risk.
Missouri's restrictive abortion ban does not include exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.
The bill to ban nearly all abortions with an only exception to protect the mother's health will take effect in six months if it becomes law. Under the ban, doctors who perform abortions could serve more prison time than rapists.
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