February 4, 2014
"AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience," Caperton, Feministe: The Alabama Senate is expected to take up a state House-approved bill (HB 31), "which would allow the entire hospital staff, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers, to refuse to provide medical care in situations that would 'violate their conscience,'" Caperton writes. Under the bill, which will apply to "abortion, human cloning, human embryonic stem cell research, and sterilization" services, "every provider in the ER can refuse to treat [a woman experiencing a miscarriage] if treatment would result in the termination of the pregnancy" and her life is not in "immediate danger," Caperton adds (Caperton, Feministe, 1/31).
"Repro Wrap: So Many TRAPs, so few Clinics and Other News," Robin Marty, Care2: "This week has been another week of massive abortion restrictions across the country via TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) regulations, but, unlike past attacks that we've seen in the states, some new, ingenious tactics are being unveiled," writes Marty. She cites a rescinded regulation in Louisiana that would have "in essence create[d] a 30-day wait for an abortion" and unsuccessful efforts in Indiana to "remove the grandfather clause from last year's bill to require all abortion clinics to remodel as ASC (Ambulatory Surgical Centers), not just clinics built after 1992." Robin also writes about medication abortion restrictions in Arizona, Missouri's efforts to impose a 72-hour waiting period, an ultrasound bill in Kentucky and an effort in Kansas to outlaw surrogacy. "But, to end on a happy note, Colorado's legislature has once again rejected a 'personhood'-esque bill, which means that no legislation or ballot initiative that would totally ban all abortions has ever made it into law, despite the now near dozen times it has been proposed in the state," Marty writes (Marty, Care2, 1/31).
What others are saying about abortion restrictions:
~ "Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant: 'My Goal is To End Abortion in Mississippi,'" Emily Crockett, RH Reality Check.
~ "'Personhood' and 'Fetal Homicide' Legislation Introduced in Colorado Legislature," Jason Salzman, RH Reality Check.
~ "'Because I Decide': Tens of Thousands of Protesters Rally for Abortion Rights in Spain," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."