Until now, attempts to track the legislative journey that ultimately led to the passage of one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country would have been a daunting task. With the launch of RH Reality Check’s interactive database, however, a picture of the long road to HB 2 begins to emerge.
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.
The South Carolina House of Representatives passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation on Wednesday, advancing the bill to the state senate and making South Carolina one of three states that are actively pursuing such a ban this year.
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.
According to the Associated Press, the Susan B. Anthony List’s political action committee plans to spend around $10 million on this election.
After a proposed ordinance banning abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation was defeated in Albuquerque, another proposed 20-week abortion ban in neighboring Valencia County has also been defeated.
The Supreme Court’s decision leaves in place a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling permanently blocking the law from taking effect.
Texas’ Department of State Health Services relied on cherry-picked facts and unsubstantiated rumors when it explained its reasoning behind the codification of the state’s new omnibus anti-abortion law.
Attorneys for Arizona hope the Roberts Court will uphold the state’s 20-week abortion ban, and will overrule Roe v. Wade in doing so.
The bill, a companion to the House’s HR 1797, would ban abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states.