• 84% of lawmakers who sponsored state "trigger laws" banning abortion are men.
  • The laws had zero women sponsors in five states; 12 of the 13 governors who signed them into law are men.
  • 91% of US senators who voted to confirm Supreme Court justices in the anti-Roe majority are men.

What does it take to dismantle nearly 50 years of abortion rights for women? Hundreds of powerful men. 

A look at the players behind a likely imminent wave of abortion bans reveals a stark lack of gender diversity that extends beyond the mostly male Supreme Court justices expected to strike down Roe v. Wade and the 91% male US senators who voted to confirm them.

A total of 380 state legislators served as lead sponsor or cosponsor of abortion bans in 13 states that take effect as soon as the high court overturns the landmark decision. They're predominantly men, too — 84%.

In fact, five of these so-called "trigger laws" — in Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee — had zero women sponsors or co-sponsors. Of the 13 governors who signed them into law, 12 are Republican men. Yet the language in these laws specifically targets women.

The vast majority of political players behind these bans were also Republicans, including 86% of bill sponsors. All of the anti-Roe justices were nominated by Republican men and 94% of the senators who voted to confirm the justices were Republican.

Jenny Chang-Rodriguez, Alex Ford, Marianne Ayala, and Shayanne Gal contributed to this story.


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