May 19, 2015
"Texas Lawmakers Want Women To Present IDs Before They Get Abortions," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": Culp-Ressler writes about a measure (HB 3994) passed by the Texas House that would "make it extremely difficult for minors to obtain an abortion in a state that's already severely restricted reproductive rights." Among other restrictions, the "omnibus" bill would "requir[e] abortion doctors to assume that all of their patients are minors and request a government-issued ID to verify their age," Culp-Ressler writes, adding that the provision "threatens to pose an especially large burden for younger teens and immigrant women who may not have a drivers license." Culp-Ressler also describes how the bill would tighten a state law that allows pregnant minors to obtain a court's permission to have an abortion instead of obtaining parental consent for the procedure. Citing reproductive-rights proponents, Culp-Ressler notes that the "judicial bypass process is intended to serve as a safety net for vulnerable teens, and it's cruel to place even more restrictions on young women who are in difficult situations" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 5/15).
What others are saying about abortion restrictions:
~ "Which State Was the Worst for Women This Week?" Amanda Marcotte, Slate's "The XX Factor."
~ "South Carolina Republican: 20-Week Abortion Ban Isn't Harsh Enough," Nina Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check.
~ "Anti-Choice Groups Try 'Texas Playbook' in Attempt To Block Health Care Access in California," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.
"Exploiting the Black Family: A Divisive Campaign of the Anti-Woman, 'Pro-Life' Movement," Cherisse Scott, RH Reality Check: Scott, founder and CEO of SisterReach, writes about how the placement of "three anti-choice billboards" in underserved and "predominantly Black ... neighborhoods of Memphis, Tennessee ... represent[s] another attempt by the anti-choice movement to guilt Black mothers about their personal reproductive health-care decisions while pitting Black fathers against us." According to Scott, such billboards, used by antiabortion-rights groups since 2010,"com[e] at a time when Black people everywhere are forced to remind the world that Black lives matter, especially the quality of those lives." She adds that "these anti-woman, anti-choice supporters are nowhere to be found when advocates are working to change the lived conditions of Black communities." Further, the antiabortion-rights groups "forego consulting Black communities about what we need in terms of support or resources to change the daily conditions of our lives," Scott writes, noting that "80 percent of Black Americans believe abortion should remain legal." She adds, "If the anti-choice movement is actually concerned about Black lives, they will take the billboards down and instead re-route those resources into productive efforts to achieve the complete health and well-being of Black families in Memphis and throughout the country" (Scott, RH Reality Check, 5/15).