The regulations include the requirement to use an “abdominal ultrasound” to detect a fetal heartbeat—a policy that could be unclear to physicians who provide abortion care in Arkansas.
Hopefully, the tragedy of Savita will, at least, finally spur the Irish government to issue clearer guidelines that the life of the pregnant woman must be privileged over that of her fetus. But if the thousands demonstrating reflect changes already underway in Irish society—including a growing dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church’s influence—perhaps some day Savita Halappanavar will be remembered as the woman whose death was a turning point in the long struggle for the legalization of abortion in Ireland.
Recent press about the death of Savita Halappanavar, admitted to a hospital in Ireland with medical complications in a 17 week pregnancy, is a grim reminder about the impact of abortion restrictions on women’s lives.
The senate moves even further in trying to make an abortion as inaccessible and shameful as they can.
Oklahoma is one step from passing a mostly redundant heartbeat law and Louisiana is considering a bill to require women listen to embryonic or fetal heartbeats.
The senate passes a bill to have providers offer to let women seeking a termination listen to the heartbeat first so the fetus can “communicate.”
I strongly urge the Ohio Senate to oppose the “heartbeat bill.” Lawmakers do not belong in the consultation room with me and my patients.
Ohio hasn’t even managed to pass its own first of its kind legislation, and already Kansas anti-chioce activists are ready to copy cat.
The legislation that would ban abortion from about 18 days post-conception is getting some high level Republican endorsements.
The “Heartbeat Bill” author explains how she believes this Ohio law could bring down Roe V. Wade.