According to a draft opinion reported by Politico, if the Supreme Court overturns Wade, more than a dozen states will quickly ban abortion, with more likely to follow.

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13 states havetrigger bans in place that will ban abortion immediately or soon after the ruling comes out, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Alabama, Arizona, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan have abortion bans that will go back into effect if the ban is struck down.

Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and South Carolina have six-week abortion bans that are likely to take effect, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

15 states already have a law or state constitution that protects abortion rights, with California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island being Democratic-led states.

Washington is one of the states that has enacted laws to make sure people can travel from other states for the procedure.

The FDA changed its regulations in December to allow abortion pills to be sent by mail, but at least 19 states still have restrictions on it.

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What will happen on the federal level. The Senate is unlikely to pass the bill that would codify abortion rights into law, even though President Joe Biden called for it to be passed Tuesday. When the court issues its final opinion, it's unclear what that means or if the White House will take any executive action. The Washington Post reported Monday that congressional Republicans are working with anti-abortion rights activists on legislation that would ban abortion nationwide as early as six weeks into a pregnant woman's uterus.

What We Don’t Know

The Supreme Court has granted other rights, like same-sex marriage and obtaining birth control pills, that were not explicitly granted in the Constitution. The court could be willing to overturn its precedents, even as Justice Samuel Alito wrote in a draft opinion that the court's decision concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other.

Big Number

40%. According to a January CNN poll, a majority of Americans want their state to ban or restrict abortion if the law is changed. A majority of Americans support legal access to abortion and don't want the law to be changed.

Key Background

The Supreme Court is considering a case on Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban and whether states can restrict abortion even before a fetus is viable. According to a draft opinion from February, the court is expected to overturn the law completely. The final version of the opinion could change from what was leaked, with a final decision likely released in June. Ahead of the court's ruling, many GOP-led states had already enacted abortion bans, including 15-week bans in Florida and Arizona.

According to a leaked draft opinion, the Supreme Court plans to overturn Wade.

If the Supreme Court overturns the Wade decision, Republicans will try to ban abortion nationwide.

Republicans won't be satisfied with the outcome.

How Americans Really Feel About Abortion: The Sometimes Surprising Poll Results.

There are 26 states that are certain or likely to ban abortion.

Once a workaround, abortion pills are now a target.