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August 6, 2013

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"What One Woman's Fight for a Late-Term Abortion Says About Reproductive Rights in the U.S.," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": The story of a woman -- identified as Paulina -- who was past New York's 24-week limit for abortion when she found out she was pregnant -- "points to some hard realities in the current reproductive rights landscape in the United States," Culp-Ressler writes. Paulina, a recent immigrant and full-time student with no monthly income, sought help from the New York Abortion Access Fund to obtain the $8,000 she will need for the procedure in Colorado. Culp-Ressler highlights several facts about abortion later in pregnancy, including that such procedures represent just 1.5% of all abortions in the U.S. and that the women who need them often have low incomes and are immigrants. Even for women with insurance coverage, the procedure is sometimes unaffordable, and women must factor in lost wages and travel, which can span "hundreds of miles because they live in areas ... that don't have an abortion clinic" or their state has banned abortions after 20 weeks, Culp-Ressler writes. She concludes, "One of the reasons there are so few late-term abortion providers left is because they have been driven out of business -- or, as in the case of the late Dr. George Tiller, murdered" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 8/5).

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"The Right's Plan To Reverse Roe: Ban Abortions To 'Protect' Women," Irin Carmon, MSNBC: Since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, abortion-rights opponents have become "increasingly creative" in attempts to reverse the ruling, most recently by pushing abortion bans under the theory of "'fetal pain,' based on shaky medical evidence that the fetus can experience pain after 20 weeks." Carmon explains that "the abortion bans rippling across state legislatures are meant to offer as many routes as possible for the Justices to change their minds -- or really, just one Justice, Anthony Kennedy," who is considered the court's swing vote on the issue and "has been receptive to fuzzy science before." Although 20 weeks is before fetal viability and the court has said states cannot outlaw abortion prior to that point, abortion-rights opponents are hopeful that "preventing 'fetal pain' at 20 weeks [could] be considered a state interest, even though there's no solid evidence it even exists" (Carmon, MSNBC, 8/5).  

July 30, 2013

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"5 of the Most Extreme Anti-Abortion Lawmakers in the U.S.," Katie McDonough, Salon: McDonough names the five "extreme lawmakers behind some of the most draconian reproductive rights restrictions grabbing headlines in recent months." The list includes Texas Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), the primary sponsor of a recently passed omnibus antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) who incorrectly equated rape kits used to collect forensic evidence with abortion; Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert (R), sponsor of a measure banning abortion around 12 weeks of pregnancy when a fetal heartbeat is detectable; North Dakota Rep. Bette Grande (R), who sponsored a six-week abortion ban (HB 1456) in that state; Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill (R), who introduced a measure to define a "person" beginning at "the moment of fertilization and implantation into the womb"; and Arizona state Rep. Kimberly Yee (R), sponsor of a measure (HB 2036) -- that later was struck down -- defining pregnancy as "beginning two weeks before conception" (McDonough, Salon, 7/29).

What others are saying about state abortion news:

~ "STUDY: Women in States With Harsh Abortion Restrictions Have a Harder Time Getting to a Clinic," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."



July 23, 2013

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   "Federal Court Blocks North Dakota Law That Would Ban Abortion as Early as Six Weeks," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: "Monday morning, a federal judge ruled that North Dakota's latest abortion restriction [HB 1456], a law that bans abortion as early as six weeks, cannot take effect while a legal challenge to its constitutionality is underway," writes Mason Pieklo, adding that the judge lambasted the law as a "'blatant violation of the constitutional guarantees afforded to all women.'" She explains that the Red River Women's Clinic -- the plaintiff in the lawsuit, which was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights -- is "under legislative siege" from a flurry of other laws aimed at shutting the clinic down. "Defending the bevy of unconstitutional laws passed since 2010 is not cheap," Mason Pieklo writes, adding that despite the judge's "latest admonition and mounting legal fees, it is all but guaranteed North Dakota will appeal this ruling since lawmakers made it clear the purpose of the law was to spark a direct legal challenge to Roe v. Wade." She writes, "But until that happens, North Dakota citizens are going to have to decide if it's worth spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers or if the state could find more productive uses of those resources" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22).

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"Solutions in Search of a Problem: Texas Is Latest to Enact Rules Aimed at Shutting Down Abortion Providers," Susan Cohen, RH Reality Check: While targeted regulation of abortion providers laws are not new, the scope of newly passed state legislation, such as that in Texas, is "unprecedented," Cohen of the Guttmacher Institute writes. The reasons why lawmakers and others push for such laws "do not stand up to close scrutiny," she argues, running through a list of arguments posed in favor of TRAP laws. For instance, she notes that at the "most general level," the laws represent "a solution in search of a problem," adding, "Abortion care in the United States is already very safe, and fewer than 0.3 percent of all abortion patients experience complications that require hospitalization." Further, Cohen writes, "requiring abortion providers to have links to hospitals adds nothing to long-standing patient safeguards, but effectively grants hospitals (or those who control them) veto power over whether an abortion clinic can exist." There is no evidence that requiring abortion providers to meet standards for ambulatory surgical centers -- which perform more invasive and risky procedures than abortion -- improves patient health and safety, she adds. Finally, she notes that while lawmakers pushing TRAP laws often use the criminal acts committed by Kermit Gosnell as a rationale, it was a lack of oversight by law authorities, not a lack of regulations, that allowed Gosnell's illegal behavior to continue (Cohen, RH Reality Check, 7/19).

What others are saying about Texas:

~ "New Texas Law Unfair, Increases Inequality," Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check.

~ "Texas Democrats Want Their GOP Colleagues to Study How Access to Birth Control can Reduce Abortions," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Twitter Mocks Texas' Proposed Six-week Abortion Ban With Brilliant Hashtag," Katie McDonough, Salon.

~ "Texas' Tough New Abortion Restrictions May Send Women To Mexico in Search of Care," Sy Mukherjee, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

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"Legal Wrap: States Ramp Up Anti-Abortion Activity, Again," Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: Mason Pieklo discusses a "flurry of action" on abortion rights in the states. For instance, a judge blocked a Wisconsin law that requires all physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. A similar law in Alabama was delayed from taking effect until March 2014 while a legal challenge continues. In North Dakota, a court permanently blocked a law that "all but regulated medication abortion out of existence in the state." Attorneys for two Arkansas abortion clinics have asked the court to permanently block a law that would ban most abortions in the state after 12 weeks. She continues that "unfortunately, not all news out of the states has been good news." Hobby Lobby became the latest corporation to avoid having to comply with the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage requirement. Indiana prosecutors are charging a woman with felony neglect after a fetus was found in a dumpster, making it "clear any pregnancy that does not result in a successful live birth will be viewed first and foremost as a probable crime," which Mason Pieklo refers to as a "terrifying reality." Lastly, she writes, "In similarly terrifying news," lawyers are weighing their options in the case of Scott Roeder, who murdered abortion doctor George Tiller in his church, in light of a Supreme Court decision last month that found juries should have the final say in facts generating mandatory minimum sentences (Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 7/22).  

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"Despite North Carolina's Attack On Abortion Clinics, Planned Parenthood Pledges To Stay Open," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "Think Progress": Despite North Carolina Republicans' efforts to push anti-abortion legislation that aims to close abortion clinics, "North Carolina's Planned Parenthood clinics want to send a clear message to anti-abortion lawmakers" that even if the legislation becomes law, "their health center aren't going anywhere," Culp-Ressler writes. According to Culp-Ressler, Planned Parenthood has vowed that its four state clinics will stay open, even though the group would need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate one of its clinics to meet the proposed standards. Culp-Ressler noted that similar laws in other states, like Texas and Virginia, are causing many of those state's clinics to close (Culp-Ressler, "Think Progress," Center for American Progress, 7/19).

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"Thanks To Better Sex Ed, California's Teen Birth Rate Has Plummeted By 60 Percent," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": According to new data from the California Department of Public Health, the state's teen birth rate has dropped by 60% since 1991 "to the lowest level that it's been in the past 20 years," Culp-Ressler writes. Public health experts and state officials "directly attribute this success to state laws that require California's public schools to offer comprehensive sex ed classes with scientifically accurate information about birth control," she adds. However, while "states like California are making huge gains, the teen pregnancy rate remains stubbornly high in the South," where young people "tend to receive ineffective abstinence education, and they're more likely to lack access to birth control resources," Culp-Ressler concludes (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/19).

July 19, 2013

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   "Back Off DC Women Already!" Vania Leveille, American Civil Liberties Union's "Washington Markup": The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted down an amendment to remove a provision that goes beyond restrictions on federal abortion funding and "prevent[s] the District of Columbia from using its locally-raised revenues to provide abortion care to women enrolled in Medicaid," writes Leveille, of ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. She adds that the measure will worsen "the health disparities that women of color face and could bar many from accessing safe, legal health care from a high-quality medical provider." Congressional lawmakers "who seek to negate the will of the District's residents or leaders aren't accountable to the people of the District," Leveille notes, concluding, "What they couldn't do in their own home districts, they do with impunity against us. Shame on them" (Leveille, "Washington Markup," ACLU, 7/18).

What others are saying about the D.C. abortion coverage ban:

~ "House Committee Advances D.C. Spending Ban on Abortion," Adele Stan, RH Reality Check.

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 "Ob-Gyns Slam North Carolina's Proposed Abortion Restrictions: 'Get Out Of Our Exam Rooms,'" Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": As states continue to pass "more extreme" abortion restrictions, "women's health experts have weighed in to warn about the potentially disastrous effects of coming between a woman and her doctor," Culp-Ressler writes. The latest example is in North Carolina, where the state chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society issued a statement "against the proposed abortion restrictions currently moving through the GOP-controlled legislature," she explains. Unfortunately, "medical professionals' opinions haven't typically done much to sway politically motivated legislative pushes," Culp-Ressler writes. However, she notes, "North Carolina's OB-GYNs do happen to be backed by public opinion," as only 34% of the state's voters support the proposed restrictions, while "a full 80% think it's inappropriate to tack abortion-related amendments onto totally unrelated bills" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17).

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"How Pro-Choice Activists Are Fighting Back Against Texas' Abortion Restrictions," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": Even though an antiabortion-rights bill (HB 2) in Texas "ended up winning final approval early on Saturday morning," abortion-rights supporters "aren't giving up the fight," Culp-Ressler writes. She outlines various tactics advocates are using to dismantle the legislation. For example, the American Civil Liberties Union is considering legal challenges to the law, while the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has launched a voter mobilization drive to carry over the "momentum that began in Texas …to the ballot box." Abortion-rights supporters also are challenging what it means to be "pro-life" by proposing amendments to antiabortion-rights legislation that would nullify the death penalty and promote comprehensive sex education (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 7/17).

What others are saying about Texas:

~ "Texas Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Block Abortion Restrictions Until the Death Penalty Is Abolished," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Yes, Women Do Need Abortions After 20 Weeks," Katie McDonough, Salon.

~ "Texas Legislators File Radical 'Fetal Heartbeat' Bill To Ban Abortion After Just Six Weeks," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

July 16, 2013

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"Every Reason for an Abortion is a Good Reason," Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check: Conservative television host Bill O'Reilly recently argued that women in Texas have "what he considers insufficient reasons for getting an abortion," Marcotte writes. Based on O'Reilly's reasoning, "[o]ne would think that in order to get a safe, legal abortion under the standards set out by Roe v Wade, one has to go in and provide a 'reason' that you 'deserve' this abortion," Marcotte states. However, "there's no real legal way to make women justify themselves" for wanting the procedure, she notes, adding that it is unethical "to require a patient to argue their moral worth" before they can receive health care. "We need to get the message out that, as with every other medical intervention out there, pre-viability abortions don't need to be earned," she adds (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 7/15).

What others are saying about the need for abortion:

~ "Kermit Gosnell and the Case for Abortion Rights," Andrea Frey, Law Students for Reproductive Justice's "Repo Repro."

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"Wendy Davis: The Silver Lining to a Very Dark Cloud," Mary Pauline Lowry, Huffington Post  blogs: Despite an hours-long filibuster, in which Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) "acted as the voice for women from all over the Lone Star State," the Texas Legislature has advanced a sweeping bill that would make Texas "one of the most difficult states in the nation to get an abortion," Lowry writes. However, Davis is "[t]he silver lining to this dark cloud," Lowry adds, noting that Davis went from living in a trailer while raising her child as a single parent to graduating from Harvard Law School. Lowry credits Davis with "singlehandedly [reviving] a Democratic sense of enthusiasm and possibility" that the state has not seen since former Gov. Ann Richards (D) lost re-election to George W. Bush in 1994. She concludes, "[D]espite the darkness of the situation, the sense that women (and men who care about women's health) have a new and galvanizing leader in Wendy Davis gives me a sense of excitement and hope" (Lowry, Huffington Post blogs, 7/12).

What others are saying about Texas:

~ "Eight Things You Should Know About the Court That Will Decide if Texas' Abortion Ban is Constitutional," Ian Millhiser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "7 Texas Abortion Bills That Didn't Get Filibustered," Hannah Levintova, Mother Jones' "Political Mojo."

~ "As Rick Perry Prepares To Sign New Abortion Restrictions, Clinics Brace for Massive Shutdowns," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "As Texas Prepares To Tighten Rules for Abortion Clinics, Here's a Look at How Safe They Already Are," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "With Texas Abortion Clinics in Jeopardy, Flea Markets May Provide Dangerous Alternative," Katie McDonough, Salon.

~ "Erick Erickson's Fun Time Female Mutilation Comedy Hour," Marcotte, Slate's "XX Factor."

July 2, 2013

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"The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys," Vivian Norris, Huffington Post  blogs: State Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) filibuster of an antiabortion omnibus measure (HB 2, SB1) "was the beginning of our 'Texas Spring,'" Norris writes. She adds that "corruption and abuse of women's rights has been par for the course" in the state's "good ole boy power structure," such as when Gov. Rick Perry (R) and the GOP called a "special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas." Norris writes, "We need to make sure that the good ole boys know that we are all watching every move they make" as the Texas Legislature takes up the bill again during a second special session. Their "fear tactics" and "abuse of power" are "why the voices of the raucous crowd of women and men who filled the capitol in support of Senator Wendy Davis are so very important," she explains (Norris, Huffington Post blogs, 6/28).

What others are saying about the Texas antiabortion bill:

~ "Inspired by Wendy Davis? Run for Office," Nina Flores, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "Texas Women's Health Advocates Gear Up For Another Fight: 'A Fuse Has Been Lit in Austin,'" Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Texas Republican Leader Blasts Perry: He 'Crossed A Line' Criticizing Wendy Davis," Scott Keyes, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Guest Column: 'Ruly Mob"' Was Prompted by Civic Duty," Kathy Genet, Texas Tribune.

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"Ohio Simultaneously Makes It Harder To Prevent a Pregnancy and Harder To Terminate One," Amanda Marcotte, Slate 's "XX Factor": Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday took attacks on abortion and contraception "a step further" by signing a budget bill (HB 59) that "merges his party's anti-contraception and anti-abortion agendas into one," Marcotte writes. The measure includes a requirement that women obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, restrictions on abortion providers' agreements with local hospitals and a "defunding of contraceptive services" at family planning clinics, she explains. It also cuts welfare services for unmarried mothers but increases funding to antiabortion crisis pregnancy centers. "Taken together, the cuts to contraception funding, the cuts to welfare, the restrictions on abortion, and the money flowing to crisis pregnancy centers paint a very grim view of how Ohio Republicans see women -- and low-income women especially: as baby factories that need to dramatically increase production," Marcotte writes, concluding, "You can call that 'pro-life' if you want, but it's increasingly clear that it's just anti-woman" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 7/1).

What others are saying about the Ohio budget:

~ "Surrounded by Men, Ohio Governor Signs Stringent Abortion Restrictions Into Law," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "What Makes Ohio's New Abortion Law Unique," Rachel Weiner, Washington Post's "The Fix."

~ "Ohio Joins the War on Women, Redefines Pregnancy," Andy Kroll, Mother Jones.


June 25, 2013

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"New York Legislative Session Ends with No Women's Equality Act," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: "The 2013 New York state legislative session adjourned Friday, and the Women's Equality Act did not make it into law, after some members of the assembly refused to approve a version of the legislation that excluded language codifying the legal right to abortion in the state," Marty writes. She notes that the legislation was "designed to increase protections for victims of abuse, take steps toward pay equity, and ensure that abortion rights would be upheld in the state if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned." Marty writes that even though the measure passed in the state assembly last week, "as expected the bill stalled in the state [S]enate, where Republicans and a handful of Democrats vowed not to support the bill unless the reproductive rights language was removed" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 6/24).

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"An Open Letter to Anyone Ready To Write Off Texas: Don't, Because it's *Your* Future at Stake," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check: "Texas is not a throw-away state full of throw-away people who can be shrugged off with a contemptuous, 'Well, what do you expect?'" Grimes writes, responding to individuals who find the passage of antiabortion-rights legislation in the state unremarkable. She notes several occasions where hundreds of protesters have gathered at the state Capitol to "fight for reproductive freedom." Grimes adds, "If Texas is a hopeless bastion of bumpkins, stocked from the Rio Grande to the Red River with disposable citizens too stupid to know what's good for them, then I am proud to be sitting among the best of them" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 6/23).

What others are saying about the Texas omnibus bill:

~ "Texas Legislator Claims Rape Kits are a Form of Abortion," Annie-Rose Strasser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Despite Massive Protests, Texas GOP Rushes Through Abortion Restrictions in the Middle of the Night," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Here's the Abortion Testimony Texas Republicans Refused To Hear," Grimes, RH Reality Check.

~ "10 Crucial Facts About Rape Kits -- True Even in Texas," Soraya Chemaly, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "POLL: Majority of Texans Don't Support the Abortion Restrictions Moving Through the Legislature," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

June 18, 2013

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"Fewer Waiting Periods for Guns Than for Abortions," Katy Hall/Jan Diehm, Huffington Post blogs: "The federal government protects both the right to bear arms and the right to have an abortion, but barriers to exercising these rights often depend on whether a state is controlled by Democrats or Republicans," write Hall and Diehn in a post highlighting a Huffington Post map that depicts waiting periods for obtaining an abortion and purchasing a gun in each state. Twenty-six states impose a waiting period before a woman can access an abortion, Hall and Diehn note, adding that in all but two of those states, there is no waiting period to buy a gun. Hall and Diehm also point out that while waiting periods for abortions have been shown to have little effect on women's decisions, waiting periods in the gun market have been "linked to a drop in gun suicides, which now outnumber gun homicides in the U.S." (Hall/Diehm, Huffington Post blogs, 6/14).

What others are saying about access to abortion:

~ "'Too Late' and the 'Turnaways': Women Denied Access to Abortion," Hillary Schneller, National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake."

~ "When Abortion is Denied," Katie J.M. Baker, Daily Beast's "Women in the World."

June 14, 2013

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"Thousands of North Carolinians Protest GOP Overreach at State Capitol," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: In recent weeks, reproductive justice advocates have joined thousands of other North Carolina residents in protesting how the Republican-led Legislature "has rolled back civil rights through voter ID laws, privatizing schools, and limiting access to reproductive health care," Marty writes. The "Moral Monday" protests -- organized by the North Carolina NAACP and local clergy -- have resulted in about 350 arrests. The Legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid is also a "top concern" for reproductive justice advocates, Marty adds, noting that a state budget proposal would keep 500,000 low-income women and teens who would have become eligible for Medicaid under the expansion from accessing contraception and sexual health coverage through the program. The proposal also cuts $250,000 from a program that provides medical services for people who do not qualify for Medicaid and allocates it instead to an umbrella organization for crisis pregnancy centers (Marty, RH Reality Check, 6/11).

What others are saying about access to health care:

~ "Why I Got Arrested in Raleigh: The States are the New Front Line," Jedediah Purdy, Huffington Post blogs.

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"The Nationwide Attacks on Reproductive Rights," Larry Bodine, Huffington Post  blogs: "State legislatures across the country have enacted an avalanche of restrictions that deny women of their reproductive rights," writes Bodine, editor in chief of Lawyers.com, adding that "this year alone, more than 300 anti-abortion measures have been introduced in the states." The laws "have nothing to do with protecting women's health and everything to do with making it harder to get an abortion," Bodine adds, noting that the measures "try to skirt the Constitution, making abortion services harder to get by making them more expensive, inconvenient, frightening and demeaning for women." Attorney and constitutional law expert Joanne Fanizza told Bodine that conservatives "want to ban abortion even in cases where the mother is raped, where she's a victim of a crime, where it affects her health and well-being," adding, "That's clearly a violation of Roe v. Wade. They claim to be pro-life, but to whose life are they pro?" (Bodine, Huffington Post blogs, 6/12).

What others are saying about state attacks on reproductive rights:

~ "Conservatives Target State Courts in Battle Over Culture Wars," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.

~ "2013 is Shaping Up To Be the Worst Year for Reproductive Freedom in Recent History," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

June 11, 2013

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"Doctors' Group Slams Anti-Abortion Laws for 'Imposing a Political Agenda on Medical Practice,'" Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists "has publicly come out against the state-level abortion restrictions that impact the way doctors are allowed to treat their patients," Culp-Ressler writes, explaining that ACOG's "Executive Board has issued an official statement opposing all laws that 'unduly interfere with patient-physician relationships' and compromise patients' health care for political gain." She continues, "The OB-GYNs point out that these type[s] of laws allow legislators, instead of doctors, to set medical protocol," which obstructs their ability "to provide their patients with the best quality of care" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 6/10).

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"Nonsurgical Abortion Access To Return to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: Following an injunction clarifying how Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin could meet the state's "new statutory requirements [Act 217] on providers of nonsurgical abortions," PPWI "announced Friday that it will restore access to medication abortion services at three clinics in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton," Mason Pieklo writes. She explains that while the ruling "is a win for reproductive access in Wisconsin, the process of actually getting a nonsurgical abortion in the state remains burdensome and complicated." Women "can only access [medication abortion] services after meeting a state-mandated examination and counseling session with a physician and satisfying the state-mandated 24-hour waiting period," Mason Pieklo writes. She notes, "The injunction will remain in place while a trial on the merits of the law moves forward" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 6/7).

What others are saying about abortion access:

~ "War on Women Continues," Dorothy Samuels, New York Times' "Taking Note."

~ "Branstad To Approve Medicaid Abortion Cases Individually, Says He'll Be 'Thoughtful,'" Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.