U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the last year that overturned a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and limited states’ abilities to restrict firearms outside the home are spurring Hawaii lawmakers to draft measures that would shield residents from some of the effects in a state where abortion is protected and guns have been strictly limited for decades.
Hawaii lawmakers will consider several bills this session that would limit where people could carry concealed firearms and protect out-of-state residents and doctors who perform abortions from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits elsewhere.
Hawaii has granted women the constitutional right to abortion since the 1970s. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Organization opened the door for states to independently restrict abortions.
So far, 14 have done so. Others have passed laws seeking criminal or civil liability for women who cross state lines to get abortion services as well as the doctors who perform them.