Anti-choice lawmakers and activists believe the drop is due to more women becoming educated about abortion and choosing to carry pregnancies to term, while reproductive rights advocates offer a different take: Harsh restrictions on access to abortion and reproductive health care have led to the decline.
“We are ready to start the fire again,” said state Rep. Christina Hagan at the press conference, which was filled with reporters as well as members of the Duggar family, reality television stars who have become some of the new faces of the evangelical anti-choice movement.
Ohio’s new heartbeat bill, which could make abortion illegal as early as six weeks from the pregnant person’s last menstrual period, will be introduced at a Thursday afternoon press conference.
The ban received a hearing during the regular session, but now anti-choice activists would like to see it receive a vote.
The ink is barely dry on a bill that may close most of the abortion clinics in Texas, but one legislator is already proposing new restrictions.
Now that the dam on unconstitutional first trimester abortion bills has broken, Kansas wants in on the action.
The governor of North Dakota has three days to sign a heartbeat ban into law, but that might not matter. Even among anti-choice legal experts, it’s a given that the bill won’t ever stop anyone from getting an abortion.
Arkansas recently approved the earliest abortion ban in the nation, but it may not hold that distinction for long.
The question now is whether the ban will go into effect in June, or if it is enjoined while the legal challenges occur.
The governor has used the same argument to veto the even more restrictive 12-week ban. Will the legislature override him anyway?