March 29, 2013


"Is Abortion Heading Back to the Supreme Court?" Andrew Rosenthal, New York Times' "Taking Note": North Dakota's law (HB 1456) that bans abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy and Arkansas' measure (SB 134) to ban most abortions after 12 weeks "are clearly unconstitutional" and "will be challenged," but the "lawmakers who voted for and signed them know that. In fact, it may well be the whole point of this exercise," according to Rosenthal. In a recent interview with the Washington Post's "Wonkblog," Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards said she thinks the Supreme Court will not undo Roe v. Wade, Rosenthal writes, adding, "I hope she's right" (Rosenthal, "Taking Note," New York Times, 3/27).

What others are saying about North Dakota's abortion restrictions:

~ "Despite Abortion Bans, TRAP Law is the Real Threat to Abortion Access in North Dakota," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.

~ "North Dakota Governor Admits He's More Interested in Legal Battles Than Women's Health," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Access to Care Shouldn't Depend on Your Zip Code. Unfortunately North Dakota Doesn't Agree," Jacqueline Murphy, Planned Parenthood Action Fund's "Women Are Watching."

~ "No Woman Can Call Herself Free," Valerie Ervin, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "War on Women Is Still Losing," Joan Walsh, Salon.

~ "In North Dakota, Women Who Had the Choice To Abort," Winston Ross, Daily Beast.

~ "The One Woman Screwing Up North Dakota's Plan To End Abortion," Ross, Daily Beast.


"The Landscape of Abortion Bans, In One Must-See Map," Sarah Kliff, Washington Post 's "Wonkblog": Kliff discusses an interactive U.S. map showing at which point in pregnancy most abortions become illegal in each state. She argues that Nebraska in 2010 launched the trend of states enacting increasingly earlier abortion bans when it passed the nation's first law banning abortion at 20 weeks. "In the course of three years, nine states passed abortion bans at 20 weeks," at least partially in attempt to "bring a new abortion case to the Supreme Court." According to Kliff, since that strategy "didn't quite work," states started to push earlier restrictions, such as Arkansas' 12-week ban and North Dakota's recent six-week ban. "In a way, Nebraska might end up getting more than it aimed for, three years ago, with its 20-week ban," Kliff writes, adding, "It may have the Supreme Court weighing [in] on the constitutionality of abortion altogether" (Kliff, "WonkBlog," Washington Post, 3/28).