July 26, 2013
"Arizona AG Insists Abortion Restriction Based on Racial Stereotypes Is Not Discriminatory," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: Mason Pieklo examines an Arizona law banning "abortions based on the race or gender of the fetus." Attorney General Tom Horne's (R) has argued that the law protects "civil rights because it is designed to protect minorities and 'disfavored genders,'" but a lawsuit by NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum calls the law "discriminatory and offensive," Mason Pieklo writes. She explains that the case over the law's constitutionality is "an important one to watch ... because it gets to the heart of the anti-choice movement's attempts to co-opt the language and framing of civil rights to advance their anti-equality, anti-abortion agenda." She notes the case is pending but warns that if Horne should "succeed in convincing the court that these restrictions are necessary despite the lack of evidence and the reliance on racial stereotypes, then anti-abortion activists will have successfully codified into law their vision of civil rights which is one where women of color have no agency to make their own health-care decisions" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/24).
What others are saying about state abortion news:
~ "Texas AG, Planned Parenthood Reach $1.4 Million Settlement, and Three Rural Clinics to Close," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check.
~ "Wisconsin Democrat Launches Quixotic Effort To Overturn Forced Ultrasound Law," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "North Dakota's 'Heartbeat Law' Temporarily Blocked," Sarah Erdreich, Feminists for Choice.
~ "On Last Day of Session, North Carolinians Steel Themselves for Late-Night 'Motorcycle' Abortion Vote," Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "Rick Santorum Endorses North Carolina 'Motorcycle Safety' Abortion Bill," Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "Iowa Governor's Office Reportedly Had Advance Notice About Telemed Abortion Challenge," Marty, RH Reality Check.
~ "Missouri Lawmaker: Abortions To Save a Mother's Life Are 'a Matter of Convenience,'" Mukherjee, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."