It was a bad week for equality and social justice at the Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed a bill that will ban abortion 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period, or after 18 weeks’ gestation, which is two weeks earlier than most so-called 20-week abortion bans.
What does “choice” mean in an age of targeted restrictions on abortion providers?
Reproductive rights advocates in Texas have filed another challenge to abortion restrictions in the state, while federal courts in Arizona and Alabama consider similar challenges.
Rennie Gibbs’ “depraved heart murder” charge related to a 2006 stillbirth was dismissed, but prosecutors said they plan to try and re-indict the young woman this summer.
On Tuesday, the Mississippi legislature approved a ban on abortion at 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period, with no exceptions for rape or incest, despite the fact that the state’s only abortion clinic only performs abortions up to 16 weeks.
A decision from Arkansas reinforces fetal viability as a constitutional bright line for abortion restrictions, even as more early abortion bans pass in the states.
The Mississippi Senate amended a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation to move the cutoff two weeks earlier, to 18 weeks. The bill will now return to the state house for consideration.
What conservatives really mean when they talk about “religious freedom” has been revealed already by their longstanding crusade against the birth control benefit afforded by the Affordable Care Act. For them, having religious freedom requires the right to discriminate—against specific people, and in a specific way.
Having spent much of my career reviewing abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula and material, I can promise that just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.