Oklahoma, which had recently put in place a law banning most abortions, has also taken the step of implementing its trigger ban, according to the state attorney general’s office. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also certified the state’s trigger ban, allowing it take effect on Friday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced. Utah’s trigger ban went into effect Friday, according to a letter sent by John L. Fellows, the general counsel for the Utah Legislature, which was provided to CNN by KUTV.
Other states have prohibitions on abortion that had been blocked by courts that had cited Roe’s guarantee of a right to abortion. Those states may act quickly to have those court orders lifted so that those restrictions can go into effect.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III said that in addition to implementing the trigger ban set to go in effect in 30 days, the state had asked an appeals court to lift a hold that had been placed on a measure that bans abortion at around six weeks into pregnancy.
It’s likely that elsewhere in the country, state legislatures will soon be called back into session to pass strict abortion laws that previously would have run afoul of Roe.
Indiana’s Republican Gov. Eric J. Holcomb is calling for a return of the General Assembly on July 6 so that legislators can consider anti-abortion legislation.
CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to more clearly describe when Texas’ trigger ban will take effect. It’s the 30th day after the Supreme Court issues its judgment, a court move that comes after the ruling.
This story has also been updated for additional developments.
CNN’s Tami Luhby, Avery Lotz, Claudia Dominguez, Paradise Afshar and Monique Smith contributed to this report.
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