An Iowa appropriations bill would require people seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound and continue to require Gov. Terry Branstad (R) to personally decide which abortions are covered by Medicaid.
Monday’s refusal by the Roberts Court leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that ruled the law violated the First Amendment rights of practitioners.
If Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law was in effect back in 2001 and in 2006, I wouldn’t still be childfree. I wouldn’t have gotten married. I wouldn’t have bought my house. Basically, my life would be completely different.
The bill passed the state senate on a tie-breaking vote from the lieutenant governor, while a bill repealing a ban on insurance coverage for abortion failed.
According to the court, the 2011 law violates abortion providers’ free speech rights.
A new study measuring the impact of ultrasound on abortion decisions unsurprisingly shows ultrasounds don’t change women’s minds. It also disproves the myth that abortion providers and pro-choicers are trying to hide the reality of abortion from women.
A federal court will consider whether or not to permanently block the state’s 2011 mandatory ultrasound law.
The Supreme Court could decide as early as Thursday whether its next term will include a major abortion-rights case.
Already accused by bill opponents of fast-tracking the restrictions, Republican senators called for an immediate vote on SB 206 Wednesday, shutting down any chance of full senate debate over the provisions or their impact. It’s now likely on its way to becoming law.
In the heated debate around trans-vaginal ultrasounds, there is too little focus on what is really wrong with these laws.