May 27, 2014
"Repro Wrap: Here a Clinic, There a Clinic, Soon Nowhere a Clinic, and Other News," Robin Marty, Care2: "It's sure starting to look like" the "end of abortion access in the south," as "Alabama's battle to keep its clinics open hits the courts this week," Marty writes, commenting on the legal challenge brought by local abortion providers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama against the state's admitting privileges requirement. She notes that Alabama women cannot easily travel to another state for abortion care because the "situation in surrounding states makes the push to close clinics even worse, as the closing[s] compound on each other," Marty writes, citing legislation in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas (Marty, Care2, 5/23).
What others are saying about abortion restrictions:
~ "Abortion is Safe. Let's Keep it Safe," Cecile Richards/Louise Melling, Daily Beast's "Women in the World."
~ "The End of Abortion in the South?: This Interactive Map Shows All of the Clinics Impacted by Draconian Anti-Choice Laws," Katie McDonough, Salon.
~ "Oklahoma Senate Passes Admitting Privileges Bill (Corrected)," Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check.
"Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes," Teddy Wilson, RH Reality Check: "After emotional testimony given by opponents of a bill [HB 1274] that would allow the state of Louisiana to invalidate any advance directives when a patient is pregnant, regardless of the viability of the fetus, a committee voted to pass the bill and send it to the full senate," Wilson writes. He explains that if Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signs the bill, it would become "legal for the state to prohibit a family from directing physicians to remove mechanical support from a brain-dead pregnant woman." According to Wilson, the measure already passed the state House in a 95-0 vote (Wilson, RH Reality Check, 5/23).