2014 will go down as the year anti-choicers’ goal of ending legal abortion came within their grasp. It’s also the year they opened up a new front in the “war on women” by starting preliminary legal attacks on contraception access.
If anti-choicers truly cared about women to the degree they claim, surely they would treat abortion procedures just like any other reproductive health need—and leave decisions about safety and comfort up to women and their doctors.
Missouri in 2014 led all state legislatures in introducing bills designed to restrict reproductive rights. It appears that lawmakers in the state are working to ensure that Missouri may once again earn that distinction in 2015.
The emails show Texas’ key consultant putting words into the mouths of the state’s so-called expert witnesses, attempting to persuade them to selectively exclude data that did not match his anti-choice bias, and, in one case, walking extremely close to the line of outright ghostwriting what were supposed to be independent reports.
Republican gains in state legislatures with once-even partisan splits, along with one state’s amendment meant to open the flood gates for abortion restrictions, could spawn a spate of anti-choice legislation in 2015.
Just months after Texas Monthly lauded Davis as a potentially serious political threat, the magazine flung her into a cow pasture in an act of pure, derisive mockery—all for the crime of running for office and losing.
The Roberts Court declined to take up a request by attorneys for the State of Arizona to overturn a federal appeals court decision calling the case for medication abortion restrictions “non-existent.”
Abortion is overwhelmingly safe, but somehow conservatives’ lies about its danger have become “fact” in laws and courts. In this, anti-choicers are borrowing a page from creationists and climate change denialists.
A heartbeat ban that would have made Ohio’s abortion restrictions the most far-reaching in the country failed Wednesday in the state house by a vote of 46 to 39. The bill needed 50 votes to pass.
The health-care provider will now link to state mandated anti-abortion materials on its website home page after dismissing a lawsuit challenging the requirement as unconstitutional.