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Abortion Ruling Fallout Puts Prosecutors On the Spot

In the turmoil following last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, protests spread to cities nationwide and at least 10 states effectively banned abortion, with more state bans expected in coming days and weeks, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, at least 84 district attorneys in 29 states, territories and Washington, D.C., pledged not to press criminal charges against patients or providers, setting up a new battle between blue-city prosecutors and red-state lawmakers, Politico reported.

Demonstrations for and against the 6-3 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health took place over the weekend and were expected to continue Monday, most of them peaceful but with some arrests and clashes with police reported in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and other cities.

Nine states now have outright bans on abortions, with varying exceptions or none at all. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin. In Ohio, a six-week ban went into effect went into effect following the Supreme Court decision Friday. A six-week ban in Texas went into effect last year. States with abortion bans expected to take effect in the coming days and weeks include Wyoming, Mississippi, Tennessee and Idaho.

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