Are new anti-choice laws just a means to humiliate women who seek out abortions? That’s the argument Nicholas Kristof pens in the Sunday New York Times.
The op-ed columnist, taking on the Texas mandatory ultrasound law, gives a step-by-step, detailed explanation of what women must endure before obtaining an abortion, from ultrasounds and fetal heartbeats to mandated lectures on a litany of “dangerous” side effects (all disproven by medical evidence) meant to dissuade them from terminating an unwanted and untenable pregnancy.
That law is part of a war over women’s health being fought around the country — and in much of the country, women are losing. State by state, legislatures are creating new obstacles to abortions and are treating women in ways that are patronizing and humiliating.