As Kay said the other day, when Republicans lose in Congress, they go to the courts. And when they lose court, they come back later with bullshit pseudo-science. Two examples:
* A Clinton-appointed Federal Judge in Arizona upheld a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. This law is based on the bogus “fetal pain” notion that fetuses can feel pain prior to the third trimester.
* A South Dakota law requiring physicians to counsel patients that abortions lead to suicide and suicidal thoughts (not true) was upheld by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Numerous studies have shown that the rate of suicide among women with unwanted pregnancies are pretty similar no matter whether they get an abortion or not.
I don’t know about Arizona, but I’m pretty well acquainted with South Dakota, and the net of forty years of post-Roe sand in the gears is that it was easier to get an abortion in South Dakota when abortions were against the law than it is now.