Based on the evidence provided by states themselves, it is more than a little misleading for the House Judiciary Committee to suggest that newborn children are being murdered by abortion providers with regularity and abandon; it is myth-making and fear-mongering.
While access to abortion is increasingly restricted in many states, options for women needing an abortion after 20 weeks have narrowed dramatically. The restrictions on later abortion are part of a broad attack on women’s fundamental right to abortion.
When leaders in the pro-choice movement start to speculate about restricting abortion rights to appease the anti-choice movement, they have lost sight of what the pro-choice movement is about: respecting women as moral decision makers.
Anti-choice groups rallied to protest Dr. Carhart’s new Maryland pressence, while a group of religious reproductive advocates provided silent witness and clinic support.
Rachel Maddow does more than any other contemporary media figure to address abortion. But her otherwise excellent special on Dr. Tiller left out what actually occurred inside that clinic.
In April 2010, the Nebraska legislature banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy for all reasons except for the life and physical health of the mother. The reality is that women need later abortions for many of the same reasons women need any other abortion.
In 1997, while serving as a White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, current Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged the president to support a ban on late-term abortions for political reasons.
The Kansas House fell short in trying to override Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson’s veto of bill that effected late-term abortions.
The myth of the born-alive fetus has long been a weapon in the pro-life arsenal, one “kept alive” by misleading language, and by efforts to pass laws that further obfuscate and mislead.
According to a report from the Associated Press last night, there’s not much time left for pro-choice advocates in
Arizona to block a set of laws that would make it more complicated for a woman to receive an abortion.