Is Your State The Worst For Women?

Heartbeat bans.  TRAP laws.  72 hour mandatory wait and counseling periods.  These days it’s hard to decide which state really is the worst for trying to get an abortion.  Over at Alternet, Sarah Seltzer tries to decide which state has hit the lowest of lows, and how the pro-choice community can win these states back and provide reproductive rights for all women, not just those lucky enough to have plenty of time, money and access to providers.

Seltzer concludes:

[T]he end-game has to be electoral: only changing the makeup of state legislatures, electing more Democrats and more importantly, more pro-choice women, will be able to effect a more widespread rollback of these restrictions.

Only a solidly pro-choice government can stop the endless competition between states to make themselves more and more inhospitable to women at a time when jobs, money, childcare and healthcare are already sparse.

2010 was a wave year for electing anti-choice legislators and governors at the state level.  Can 2012 make enough of a dent to get back some of the ground we lost, or at least not lose even more?

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  • rachel-roth

    Sarah Seltzer outlines many alarming new trends to further restrict abortion — but let’s not forget about an old trend that has taken a toll on low-income women for 35 years. The Hyde Amendment bans federal Medicaid funding for abortion unless a woman has been raped (including  incest) or will die if she continues the pregnancy.


    Because states do not have to pay for health care services that the federal government does not reimburse, a majority of states ban Medicaid funding for abortion. Only 15 states reliably cover abortion care for women enrolled in Medicaid.