Should the latest plan to change the waiting period to 72 hours — not including weekends — pass, activists worry that the clinic may no longer be able to offer abortions.
Rachel Maddow gives an overview of the ever-expanding anti-choice state level strategy heading into the new legislative session. Robin Marty’s reporting on the South Dakota bill that would discount weekends and holidays during its mandatory 72 hour waiting period was cited in the segment at 5:20.
Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, talks with Rachel Maddow on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade about the hardships women are forced to endure in some states to exercise their right to an abortion because of state laws designed to undermine that right.
Sorry, folks, weekends and holidays don’t apply.
Two recent decisions to drop legal challenges to abortion restrictions illustrates the difficult choices facing reproductive rights lawyers in a legal climate hostile to abortion rights.
As Roe v. Wade and I turn 40, we get closer to middle age. A little wiser and more battle-worn than we were at 16. We know more than we did then about how and why abortion must remain safe and legal.
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
The state may soon join Utah in having a three day long waiting period prior to obtaining an abortion.
It is an outrage that not only may it be difficult to physically access Plan B but also lack of information regarding emergency contraceptives can serve as an obstacle for young women who have been sexually assaulted.
It will be hard for women to see any legislative gains in a state that can literally rewrite bills.