Stahl then challenged him on the potential difficulty of getting an abortion in one’s home state without Roe effectively mandating that abortions be permitted for any reason prior to viability. (Doe v. Bolton, the companion ruling to Roe, effectively forced states to permit late-term abortions.) In response, Trump simply answered, “Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”
“Well, we’ll see what happens,” Trump added. “It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”
The sequence of events that would have to happen before states could directly ban abortion includes not only replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia, which would leave the Supreme Court with a 5-4 majority in favor of Roe, but also replacing at least one additional pro-Roe justice. Then, a new lawsuit over a state abortion ban or one similarly focused on the issues in Roe would need to reach the court.
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