State abortion bans create new governmental obligations for children

| July 30, 2022 | Leave a Comment

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Date of Publication: June 30

Year of Publication: 2022

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: The Hill

Author(s): Carter Dillard

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, “trigger laws” and formerly stale abortion restrictions in numerous states are going into effect.

This raises a new question: Do governments take on any legal obligations when, in the words of former Justice Blackmun in the 1992 Casey case, they “conscript[] women’s bodies” to act as surrogates for the state? In limited circumstances, the answer is clearly, yes.

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