Protecting Abortion Rights Requires Vigilant Defense, Los Angeles Times Editorial States

July 19, 2012 — "[A]n aggressive campaign to curtail [women's reproductive] rights is being waged across the country as opponents seize every opportunity to deny women long-established constitutional protections," a Los Angeles Times editorial states.

The editorial notes that in Mississippi "the Republican-controlled legislature passed a law that requires abortion doctors" to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, "a backdoor way of closing the clinic."

Other legislatures -- including those in ArizonaIndiana, North Carolina and Texas -- and even the U.S. House of Representatives "have carried out their opposition to abortion through efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, the best known of the nation's abortion providers," the editorial continues.

The editorial notes, "In California, where limiting access to abortion and other reproductive services would be practically unthinkable, it can be easy to ignore the ceaseless attacks on women's reproductive rights elsewhere." It concludes, "Abortion rights may be secure in California, but outside this state's boundaries, they require vigilant defense from these continuing attacks" (Los Angeles Times, 7/18).