Tennessee state lawmakers wasted no time taking advantage of a new constitutional amendment, passed on Election Day, that allows the state legislature to pass laws restricting abortion rights.
Following the passage last week of Amendment 1, the Republican-dominated Tennessee legislature will move forward with anti-choice laws as soon as possible, a state GOP lawmaker said.
The state’s latest government mandate on doctor’s office communications requires doctors to read an as-yet-unwritten script to pregnant patients after delivering the diagnosis of prenatal Down syndrome.
Some 64 provisions have been introduced so far this year to expand or protect access to abortion, more than had been introduced in any year in the last quarter-century.
The decision strikes one of the most restrictive anti-abortion measures in the country but leaves in place other components of the law.
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
A judge will decide whether the nation’s longest waiting period will be put on hold until its constitutionality is ruled on.
How a scene from a popular television show and a new law in Texas patronize women who seek abortions.
Leslee Unruh’s fundraising is one of the forces behind South Dakota’s newest abortion restrictions. Who is she and what does she believe?
The fact that the anti-choice movement is just one arm of the larger religious right is often ignored. But a new law mandating religious indoctrination of women should change the discourse.