April 13, 2012
"Abortion Options Fade in South," Irin Carmon, Salon: Carmon writes, "Of all the innovative abortion restrictions passed from state to state, so-called TRAP laws -- targeted regulation of abortion providers, which impose expensive and often unenforceable restrictions that other outpatient facilities aren't subject to -- may be the most insidious and the most effective." In Mississippi -- where a TRAP bill could force the closure of the state's only abortion clinic -- and neighboring Alabama -- where another clinic has been targeted for closure -- women are "slated to have fewer safe options to end a pregnancy than they have in decades," she adds (Carmon, Salon, 4/12).
What others are saying about abortion and contraception access:
~ "Volunteer Abortion Funds Ramp Up in New York, Nationally," Mary Lou Greenberg, Feministe.
"What to Expect if You're Expecting in Arizona," Ali MacLean, Huffington Post blogs: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Thursday signed into law a bill (HB 2036) that will define gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman's last menstrual cycle, rather than at fertilization. "[T]his means the woman only has 18 weeks, not 20 weeks, to decide to terminate a pregnancy because ... the baby's life would start the first day of the mother's last period. The baby would exist before the mother committed the act," MacLean explains (MacLean, Huffington Post blogs, 4/11).
What others are saying about Arizona's antiabortion law:
~ "Arizona's New Abortion Law Doesn't do What Everyone Thinks it Does," Dashiell Bennett, The Atlantic's "The Atlantic Wire."