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The fights continue

July 10, 2013

If you’ve been paying any attention at all, you know that abortion fights are heating up in states all across the nation.

Last night, the Texas house tentatively approved #HB2, and it is expected to pass in the Senate. This bill “would ban abortions after 20 weeks and create new, potentially practice-ending requirements for doctors performing the procedures across the state.” In North Carolina, Janet Colm, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Central North Carolina, was arrested along with 63 others in protest of a new law that might close all but one clinic in the state.

In fact, seventeen states have made it harder to get an abortion this year so far, according to Guttmacher. Just last week, 5 states saw new laws go into effect. Now in Kansas, doctors must lie to patients about a disproven link between abortion and breast cancer, and tell patients that the fetus can “feel pain.” In Alabama, Indiana, and Mississippi, women will no longer be able to be prescribed the abortion pill via telemedicine, even though research shows it’s just as safe. This creates an unfair barrier for people in rural areas without access to a physician. And in South Dakota, women must now “wait 72 hours — excluding weekends and holidays — before legally obtaining an abortion. It is now the longest mandatory waiting period for the procedure in the country.”

It is bleak.

But there is good news – everyone knows we are here to stay and this fight isn’t close to over.

Even if the Texas bill passes, that doesn’t mean it will stand: “Twenty-week abortion bans in Arizona, Georgia, and Idaho have already been blocked from taking effect.” And in North Carolina, Janet Colm writes:

…We’re part of something much bigger. A fuse has been lit that’s burning across this country. The odds may be stacked against us, due to the overwhelming advantage that opponents of women’s health have in state legislatures like ours, but with every attack, I see firsthand that these politicians are creating a new generation of activists who will take this state — and our country — back.

In Wisconsin on Monday, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking a new abortion law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions. The judge said “no medical purpose” is served by the requirements. A federal judge in Alabama just temporarily blocked enforcement of a law that requires doctors at abortion facilities to have hospital admitting privileges.

And no matter how many gruesome print ads you see urging Senators to vote for the Trent Franks federal 20-week abortion ban, it will never pass. We can still hold on to that.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2013 3:34 pm

    I always wince when I see children conscripted into their parents futile displays of political spectacle. Have we now come to the point where it is the children who are being asked to change or improve the world? Do we intend to have our political battles fought on the backs of those who cannot even stand?

  2. July 11, 2013 2:10 pm

    I have to be honest, Amyclae – in my eyes, it’s not any different from talking about politics around the dinner table. Some families do it, some don’t – and it doesn’t seem to matter what your personal politics may be! In other words, people for and against legal abortion, people for and against marriage equality, Republicans and Democrats, progressives and conservatives – everyone who’s politically involved seem to bring along their kids with them. When the kids grow up, sometimes they go in the opposite direction… and sometimes not.


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