May 5, 2015
"Think the 'Personhood' Issue Is Over? Think Again," Kathleen Turner, RH Reality Check: Despite the defeat of "personhood" measures in Colorado (Amendment 67) and North Dakota (Measure 1), opponents of abortion rights are pushing ahead with passing abortion restrictions that "eliminat[e] the right to choose not by fiat ... but by red tape," Turner writes. She says that efforts of "personhood" advocates have resulted in other abortion-rights opponents deceptively appearing "more 'moderate,' providing cover for more incremental abortion restrictions that make it much harder for women to access abortion," such as "TRAP laws and similar recent anti-choice measures [that] have already created drastic inequality by eliminating abortion access for far too many." Turner adds that "when those measures pass, 'personhood' advocates get closer to their goal: Without access to safe and legal abortion, a woman's right to choose is essentially meaningless" (Turner, RH Reality Check, 5/1).
What others are saying about abortion restrictions:
~ "Texas Lawmaker Introduces 'Coerced Abortion' Bill so Extreme That Even Her GOP Allies Are Running for the Hills," Jenny Kutner, Salon.
~ "Abortion Opponents Are Winning," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."
"This State Is Actually Protecting Reproductive Rights," Meredith Clark, Refinery29: "In the conversation around state regulations on women's reproductive rights, it's been almost all bad news in recent months, but there's one state that has quietly fought off attempts to reduce abortion access," Clark writes. Specifically, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) last week "vetoed three bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state," she notes. According to Clark, the vetoed measures (SB 349, HB 479, HB 587) "would have placed restrictions on private insurance coverage for abortions, forced doctors to use fetal anesthesia for abortions at 20 weeks (a practice based on medically inaccurate claims about fetal pain), and banned healthcare providers from using telemedicine for medication abortions, which helps women in rural states that have few abortion providers, like Montana." Clark writes, "The first months of 2015 have seen more than 300 attempts by legislators to restrict abortion access, including laws signed by governors in Arkansas and Arizona that require doctors to give women medically inaccurate information," adding that such "[a]ttacks ... only underscore the importance of Governor Bullock's moves in Montana" (Clark, Refinery29, 5/4).