On Memorial Day 2015, the Texas Senate passed an anti-abortion bill that would make it far harder for abused, abandoned, and neglected minors who rely on “judicial bypass” to obtain an abortion. The bill would also require doctors who provide abortion care to demand government ID from their patients.
If HB 3994 passes through the senate, Texas’ parental consent law will be even stricter than it is already, forcing minors who cannot obtain permission to navigate a slew of complicated, humiliating, and sometimes impossible hurdles to receive reproductive health care.
Republicans in Washington, a state known for its pro-choice politics and widespread access to reproductive health care, have introduced two bills that would strike at that access, including a “personhood” bill that would give full legal rights to the “preborn” at “the moment of fertilization.”
Sen. Phillip Gandy (R-Waynesboro) has introduced SB 2138, which would increase the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.
Michigan lawmakers push through an anti-democratic new abortion restriction, while the Senate actually gets some work done.
A federal court will decide what, if any, restrictions pregnant minors in the state face should they need to terminate a pregnancy.
A case in Wisconsin further illustrates the recent trend of states policing pregnant women in the name of fetal rights, and it would appear the U.S. Catholic bishops had a role in the federal government shutdown.
A controversial decision may have just blocked all access to abortion care for minors in state custody.
A unanimous decision could put an end to decades of legal battles over the state’s parental involvement statute.
A lawsuit filed Thursday challenges the state’s brand new parental consent law and an older, less stringent parental notification measure.