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.
The recent pattern of fires at clinics that perform abortions, as well as prior clinic break-ins lead police to investigating the possibility of a larger pattern of anti-abortion violence.
Danielle Deaver from Nebraska knows the true impact that 20-week abortion bans can have on women and their families, because her state already has a 20-week ban. When Danielle experienced complications in her pregnancy at 22 weeks, her family’s personal loss became a “nightmare.” You can help prevent the next ban from being put in place.
The author of the 20 week ban may have somewhat unrealistic hopes.
One of the few anti-choice measures defeated in the 2011 legislative session is coming back for another attempt.