The decision to uphold the ambulatory surgical center provisions of HB 2 seems designed to bait the Roberts Court to take on another major abortion case.
A Virginia Senate committee last week defeated three bills that would have improved access to abortion in the state.
Republicans in Congress last week introduced three new anti-abortion bills in the House and one in the Senate, one of which would force a woman to have a medically unnecessary ultrasound before receiving abortion care.
Tennessee lawmakers have introduced multiple anti-choice bills in the wake of a constitutional amendment approved by voters that permits state lawmakers to pass laws regulating abortion.
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No state has seen as many anti-choice bills introduced this year as Missouri, where Republican lawmakers are simultaneously resisting an expansion of Medicaid that could improve health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of residents.
It’s “ironic,” explained state Rep. Peggy Gibson. Harold Cassidy, a lawyer and self-style anti-choice crusader, is “invasive of women’s private affairs, and then he says his affairs are private, when women have no right to privacy.”
The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion to hear a description of the fetus over her objections.
Gov. Pat McCrory said that “costly and drawn out litigation” would not be worth the trouble over the one provision that was struck down, which would have forced all women seeking an abortion to receive and be shown a narrated ultrasound before their procedure.
A new report from the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation shows that crisis pregnancy centers are misleading and in some cases obstructing patients from accessing abortion services, and they are doing so under the auspices of being sanctioned by the state.