More than two decades after the US Supreme Court ruled in Roe v Wade that abortion was a fundamental right, some states are considering new restrictions.
The court’s ruling is being closely watched in the states where abortion is illegal.
A key factor in the current debate is the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the law known as the Hyde Amendment, which bans abortions after 20 weeks.
The amendment was passed by the US Congress in 1973 and states can restrict abortions after the first trimester of pregnancy.
It was repealed by President George W Bush in 2000 and has been reinstated in several states.
The Roe v.
Wade decision has led to a rise in the number of abortion restrictions.
“There are lots of states that are doing something different,” says Sarah Koller, a lecturer in law at George Washington University.
“They’re making it a priority to restrict access.”
Koller says that, by one estimate, more than 10 states are trying to impose restrictions.
She says the number is growing.
“Abortion is a big issue in America and the more we can get at that, the better,” she says.
One of the states trying to restrict abortions is Oklahoma.
In a report published by the state’s attorney general’s office, officials said that the state is currently seeking to impose “three new restrictions to prevent access to safe, legal abortions.”
The measures include restricting clinics and doctors from providing abortion services; restricting abortion patients from using public facilities; and imposing a 20-week waiting period.
In some cases, the measures are based on existing laws, says Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, who says the state does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The state is also seeking to increase the legal age of consent for sex acts to 16, he says.
Oklahoma has proposed new restrictions on doctors’ access to the internet, including a requirement that they be licensed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.