So-called heartbeat abortion bans have been repeatedly found to be unconstitutional because they seek to ban the procedure months before the point at which a fetus is viable.
Supporters of the anti-choice legislation twice invoked a Doritos Super Bowl ad that depicted an animated fetus.
Personhood USA, which has backed three failed “personhood” ballot initiatives in Colorado, is organizing a municipal initiative for Colorado Springs.
Language in the anti-choice bill doesn’t indicate how an abortion provider is to determine the reason the patient has chosen to receive abortion care.
Anti-choice legislation proliferates most in states with GOP-held legislatures, and the vast majority of bills are sponsored by Republican lawmakers.
Republicans in Florida are moving forward with multiple bills aimed at restricting abortion access. One of the bills’ advocates gave a racially charged testimony in support of the anti-choice measures.
Although individual states have attempted to ban abortions that are supposedly motivated by diagnoses of fetal disabilities, the latest move by the Americans United for Life represents a push to expand that strategy to legislatures nationwide.
South Dakota Republicans last week introduced legislation that would ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization with very few exceptions.
A federal district court judge in April 2014 permanently blocked the law, considered to be among the most extreme in the United States.
Beyond a claim to the moral upper hand, framing safe and legal access to abortion as a social good can help us win. One example of this was the Respect ABQ Women campaign in November 2013, in which Albuquerque, New Mexico, voters defeated an attempt to ban abortion access after 20 weeks.