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.
Much like Michigan, Wisconsin is now trying to ban a procedure that both doesn’t exist and already has a national ban to boot.
The ban has passd the State Senate and is expected to pass the House.
Dr. Leroy Carhart, a medical doctor who provides abortions, and who is most well known for his lead role in fighting bans on “partial birth abortion,” will take over Dr. Tiller’s Kansas clinic to ensure women receive the care they need.
Arkansas bans “partial birth” abortion, and pregnant women and their physicians are left to guess which safe surgical abortion techniques HB 1113 bans.
Rahm Emanuel will be President-Elect Obama’s new White House Chief of Staff. As the “Second Most Powerful Man in Washington”, Emanuel has the President’s ear. With a strong pro-choice record, does this mean advocates can count on Emanuel to ‘bring the message home’?
The Family Research Council has launched an ad attacking Senator Obama for his support of the Freedom of Choice Act — legislation that would simply codify legal abortion access for women, in an effort to protect women’s health and lives.
As Melinda Henneberger writes in Slate today, pro-life women are facing a dilemma this year. How can you vote based on a single issue – abortion – in the midst of a severe economic crisis, and a war? The answer is you don’t.