The amendment to the Minnesota Health and Human Services omnibus bill was defeated in the state senate by a 32-29 vote, mostly along partisan lines, with four anti-choice Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the measure.
A federal court in Pennsylvania was the first to uphold an abortion clinic buffer zone ordinance since the Supreme Court called into question the constitutionality of similar laws last summer.
Friday’s ruling means that, for now, women in the Cincinnati area will not be forced to potentially travel out of state for abortion care.
“This is simply just another bill to harass us because we provide abortion care, and not a bill to address a problem, because no problem exists,” said Paula Gianino, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and of Southwest Missouri.
Already, some women in Ohio are crossing the border to Michigan to obtain abortions because of clinic closures in their own state.
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.
The documents, which were requested by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in May, show that the state already had one of the nation’s most proactive and aggressive systems to police abortion services and ensure that facilities were complying with those rules.
Knowing what patients value and need from a clinic at the time of their abortion can help us make sure that abortion care is not only safe, but also patient-centered and provided in a compassionate manner.
It speaks volumes about the current status of abortion care in the United States that Hurricane Sandy’s impact is trivial next to that of a red state legislature.
I do love this work, and I learn new things every day from my residents and my patients. One of the comments a resident said to me a few years ago has especially stuck with me. She said, “being patient centered is being prochoice.” The more I thought about it since then, however, the more I think it is true.