January 14, 2014


 "STUDY: Looking at an Ultrasound Doesn't Change Women's Decision To Have an Abortion," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": "As anti-choice lawmakers impose increasing numbers of barriers between women and abortion, forced ultrasound laws have become a popular tactic at the state level," Culp-Ressler writes. The laws require providers to perform an ultrasound before an abortion and, in some cases, mandate that they "display and describe" the ultrasound images to the woman, she explains. Although abortion-rights "opponents claim this step is necessary" and that women might "suddenly change their mind about ending a pregnancy ... actual scientific evidence on the subject doesn't back up that claim," she writes, citing a new study finding that "the vast majority of women who seek out abortion services have already made up their mind" and that viewing "images of an ultrasound doesn't sway them" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 1/10).

What others are saying about abortion restrictions:

~ "Commissioners Vote Down 20-Week Abortion Ban in New Mexico County," Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check.

~ "Date Set in Trial Over Wisconsin Admitting Privileges Law," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.


 "Court Bypasses Abortion Test Case (UPDATED)," Lyle Denniston, SCOTUSblog: The Supreme Court's response to "an Arizona case involving a ban [HB 2036] on abortions at twenty weeks of pregnancy" was "eagerly awaited, for two reasons: it was a test of whether the Court would relax its repeated view that states cannot flatly ban abortion in the period before a fetus could live outside the pregnant woman's body, and it was a test of whether the Justices would clear the way for state legislatures to experiment with bans on abortions at increasingly earlier stages in pregnancy," writes Denniston. However, "nothing final can be read into" the Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court's ruling that struck down the law, "except perhaps that the [high court] is not ready to reopen the whole question about the continuing validity of its precedents on women's abortion rights," Denniston writes (Denniston, SCOTUSblog, 1/13).

What others are saying about the Supreme Court:

~ "Will the Roberts Court Respect Abortion Providers' and Patients' Right To Be Left Alone?" Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.

~ "12 Horror Stories Show Why Wednesday's Big Supreme Court Abortion Case Matters," Molly Redden, Mother Jones.

~ "Supreme Court To Hear Anti-Choice Group's 'Right to Lie' Case," Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.