July 9, 2013


"Lone Star State Not Alone," Louise Melling, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights": "Alarmingly, the Lone Star state has plenty of company when it comes to extreme measures that will harm women and families," writes Melling, ACLU's deputy legal director. In addition to the proposed Texas legislation (HB 2, SB1) -- which "could shut down almost 90 percent of the abortion clinics in the state" -- "extraordinarily restrictive anti-abortion laws" are being considered in Ohio and Wisconsin and have already passed in many other states, including Alabama, North Dakota and Virginia. "These politicians must think women are stupid if they think we want them playing doctor and interfering in our private decisions," Melling states. She urges abortion-rights supporters to sign a statement supporting women's health and tweet using the hashtag "#standwithTXwomen to show your support for women's health" (Melling, "Blog of Rights," ACLU, 7/2).

What others are saying about Texas:

~ "My Proposal for a Bill That Bans Male Masturbation in Texas," Charles Clymer, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "Why I Took My Daughter To Stand With Wendy," Sarah Dille, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "Texas Lawmakers Cut Off Public Testimony and Advance Controversial Abortion Restrictions," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Rick Perry Doubles Down: Wendy Davis Should Be 'Proud' That Her Mother Didn't Abort Her," Igor Volsky, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "A 'Feminist Army' Storms Texas," Jessica Valenti, The Nation's "Body Politic."


"After One Year of Forced Ultrasounds in Virginia, Report Examines Role of CPCs," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: In the year since Virginia's mandatory ultrasound law took effect, "[p]atients have seen an increase in expenses and a greater time commitment associated with [abortion], and abortion clinics are finding that they need more staff and other resources," while "many crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are offering free ultrasounds under the new restrictions," Marty writes. She cites a recent report from the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation that found "CPCs are misleading and in some cases obstructing patients from accessing abortion services, and they are doing so under the auspices of being sanctioned by the state." Marty notes that some CPCs refuse to give women a copy of their ultrasound, adding that if a woman "visits a CPC hoping to get a free ultrasound but leaves empty-handed, she may no longer be able to undergo her preferred method of abortion, and may incur greater costs, because of legal gestational limits" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 7/8).