February 19, 2015 — In a rare interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says it is a "crying shame" that state abortion restrictions are making the procedure increasingly "[i]naccessible" to many low-income women. Elsewhere, Salon's Katie McDonough discusses the "narrow" but "necessary part of abortion care" targeted by state 20-week abortion ban proposals.
MSNBC's Irin Carmon interviews Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about a range of issues, including women's rights and abortion. Ginsburg states that abortion restrictions enacted in several states are making abortion "[i]naccessible to poor women," which she calls a "crying shame." She explains that "all the restrictions, they operate against the woman who doesn't have freedom to move, to go where she is able to get safely what she wants." A complete transcript of the interview is available online (Carmon, "MSNBC Live," MSNBC, 2/17).
HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani and a panel discuss a bill (HB 2568) recently approved by the West Virginia House that would ban abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, as well as 20-week abortion ban measures being pushed in other states. Salon's Katie McDonough explains, "This uproar over the 20 week abortion is ... very strange to me because they are such a narrow and necessary part of abortion care," and yet opponents of abortion rights are also pushing for policies to make it more difficult to access abortion in general, which can push obtaining an abortion "later and later into pregnanc[y]" (Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPost Live, 2/1).