On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte talks with Vicki Saporta from the National Abortion Federation about the new slew of bills intended to restrict abortion. In another segment, she discusses how Texas’ abortion law is back in court again, and feminist-friendly pop stars anger conservatives.
Introduced by Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), SB 4 would require women seeking to terminate a pregnancy to complete state-mandate counseling in person at least 24 hours before an abortion can be performed.
Anti-choice websites now promote male “abortion regret” stories—which are mostly an exercise in encouraging men to try to control women’s bodies, even with bullying.
The legislation targets a procedure called dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is often used during second-trimester abortions. Depending on the language of the bill, it could ban all surgical abortions in the state past 14 weeks’ gestation, or even earlier.
Some women, not only in the United States, have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles just to access abortion care. This poem details one woman’s journey from Ireland to England to receive health care. As she explains, “We have to change the laws of this stubborn nation, because our bodies are ours. We are not cowards, unlike those in power who refuse to listen when we say we are no longer willing to pay the price with our bodies. We’re not objects or commodities. Repeal the Eighth [Amendment from the Ireland Constitution], for women’s sake. It shouldn’t be this hard.”
Certainly, sharing abortion stories can be a powerful act and may reduce self-stigma. But I fear that it distracts from the structural inequalities of race, poverty, age, and education by placing too much emphasis on the individual. And I worry that it lets our politicians and policymakers off the hook.
The Indiana legislature began its 2015 session on Tuesday, and while state lawmakers have yet to file any bills to revise an anti-choice state law struck down by the courts, at least one bill has been filed to further restrict reproductive rights in the state.
A Tennessee lawmaker has filed a bill that would require physicians to provide women seeking an abortion with misleading state-mandated information. The bill is now one of multiple anti-choice bills that have already been filed in preparation for what is expected to be a legislative session full of attacks on reproductive rights in Tennessee.
RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Andrea Grimes interviews reproductive justice activists from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who traveled to New Orleans this week to witness the proceedings at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2.
Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige.