The Supreme Court is notoriously tight-lipped about when, exactly, it will announce its decisions – including a highly-anticipated ruling which could reverse the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Whatever happens, the court’s ruling won’t be the final word on abortion in the U.S., points out Katherine Drabiak, an associate professor of health law and medical ethics at the University of South Florida. Rather, it could be “the starting point for states to navigate a wide range of new abortion laws,” Drabiak writes.

But deciding at the state level whether to make it easier or harder to get an abortion might be complex and time-consuming. Either way, the legal pathway ahead won’t be decided with one Supreme Court ruling.

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