Allott looks at two states--South Dakota and California--and assesses how the demise of Roe would affect them. The overall impact on numbers of abortions might not be significant. Nonetheless, overturning Roe would still have tremendous value:
Michael New, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan–Dearborn who studies abortion trends, conceded that Roe's reversal wouldn't significantly change the legal status of abortion in many states.
But because "the law is a powerful teacher," he thinks overturningRoe "would be an important first step for the pro-life movement.… For the first time in nearly 40 years it would result in a meaningful national debate about what sort of legal protection unborn children deserve."Allott's article is worth pondering.