Abortion providers and the women they serve are already feeling the sting of anti-choice legislators all too eager to use the Gosnell case as a flimsy excuse for rolling back reproductive rights and access.
Governor Brownback is protecting a person’s right to give a cut and a clean shave without the interference of needless government intrusion…but will continue to regulate women’s vaginas.
Over a dozen pieces of proposed extreme anti-choice legislation are currently at various stages of being passed into Michigan law. From personhood to ultrasounds, fetal pain bills to provider regulations, the proposed legislation in Michigan seems to represent every variety of anti-choice tactic we’ve witnessed in state legislations across the country in recent months.
This week, the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee heard the largest, most expansive abortion restriction bill in the nation. HB 2598 is a 68-page piece of legislation, that manages to cobble together many of the most extreme restrictions from abortion legislation currently under litigation in three other states. And yet when I stood up to oppose it, far-right legislators claimed I “went too far.”
The Norfolk, Virginia based reproducive health and justice pioneer believes that proposed TRAP regulations will “compromise the confidentiality of patients as well as drastically limit access to abortion care.”
Another day, another set of TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws, this time in Pennsylvania, where a proposed law is working its way through the state House of Representatives.
I am the state coordinator of Kansas NOW. Today, I testified at a hearing held by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the proposed TRAP regulations. Here is what I told them.
Physicians submitted comments today in a rushed public comment process on Kansas’ proposed Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) regulations.
As a medical doctor and former Commissioner of Health under four governors, I have a good idea of how efforts by Governor Bob McDonnell to “regulate” abortion care will turn out. Medically-inappropriate and unnecessary regulations will only serve to restrict access to the full range of reproductive health care services and further marginalize young, low-income, uninsured and minority women by decreasing their health care options.