In a highly unusual, but largely symbolic, move, eight members of the Texas Department of State Health Services Council Thursday morning declined to vote on proposed rules that would put an omnibus anti-abortion bill signed into law this summer into action.
An analysis of documents requested by two congressional committees from state departments of health and attorneys general show that states overwhelmingly share a muscular approach to regulating abortion, and there is virtually no evidence that patients are being harmed.
A vote to ban abortion after 20 weeks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, won’t be taken in a high-turnout mayoral election this October, as anti-choice activists in the city had originally hoped.
Think House Republicans are deficit hawks? Not when it comes to rolling back reproductive rights.
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.
Texas Governor Rick Perry’s office says it will rely on lawmakers to determine the appropriate punishment for women who seek abortions after 20 weeks if the state succeeds in banning such procedures. Who might these criminals be? Mothers. College students. High schoolers. Domestic violence victims.
Governor Rick Perry pandered to the religious right in favor of a 20-week abortion ban at a crisis pregnancy center this week, touting the horrors of medically unproven “fetal pain” issues, but even right-wing Texas legislative leadership says that anti-choice legislation isn’t the priority for the 2013 lawmaking session.
While access to abortion is increasingly restricted in many states, options for women needing an abortion after 20 weeks have narrowed dramatically. The restrictions on later abortion are part of a broad attack on women’s fundamental right to abortion.
Rights groups tonight filed a motion for an emergency injunction against HB 2036, the Arizona law that, among other things, bans abortions after 20 weeks.
Roe is not the standard for abortion; women’s decision-making is. It deserves legal protection because it is a fact of women’s existence; it is not a fact because it is legally protected.