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Noah Feldman

‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bans Are Going Nowhere Before 2020

State laws restricting abortion early in pregnancy are still unconstitutional, and there’s no incentive for the Supreme Court to act quickly to change that.

Get the signs ready.

Get the signs ready.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Georgia anti-abortion law signed last week and the near-total abortion ban Alabama will consider again Tuesday are just the most recent examples of what you could call “Kavanaugh laws.”

Like anti-abortion statutes recently enacted by Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota and Ohio, these are blatantly unconstitutional laws openly intended to violate the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion-rights jurisprudence that goes back to Roe v. Wade.