July 30, 2013
"5 of the Most Extreme Anti-Abortion Lawmakers in the U.S.," Katie McDonough, Salon: McDonough names the five "extreme lawmakers behind some of the most draconian reproductive rights restrictions grabbing headlines in recent months." The list includes Texas Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), the primary sponsor of a recently passed omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) who incorrectly equated rape kits used to collect forensic evidence with abortion; Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert (R), sponsor of a measure banning abortion around 12 weeks of pregnancy when a fetal heartbeat is detectable; North Dakota Rep. Bette Grande (R), who sponsored a six-week abortion ban (HB 1456) in that state; Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill (R), who introduced a measure to define a "person" beginning at "the moment of fertilization and implantation into the womb"; and Arizona state Rep. Kimberly Yee (R), sponsor of a measure (HB 2036) -- that later was struck down -- defining pregnancy as "beginning two weeks before conception" (McDonough, Salon, 7/29).
What others are saying about state abortion news:
~ "STUDY: Women in States With Harsh Abortion Restrictions Have a Harder Time Getting to a Clinic," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."