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Over Thirty Anti-Abortion Laws Enacted During April

Over Thirty Anti-Abortion Laws Enacted During April

An update from the Guttmacher Institute on abortion restrictions shows that talking about a “war on women” is not hyperbole.  A shocking 33 laws restricting abortion access were enacted in nine states during the month of April.  These states are almost all the middle of America, with the exception of Virginia (sadly, my home state), which limited abortion coverage under insurance exchanges.

We’ve been covering these incursions on reproductive freedom as they emerged, but just to give you an extensive update, here’s what’s happened to restrict women’s right to choose.  And remember – this is legislation that was enacted last month alone.

Abortion banned at or after 20 weeks: Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma.

Required counseling that included inaccurate information about links between abortion and breast cancer risks: North Dakota.

Required counseling women that abortion ends “the Life of a Whole, Separate, Unique, Living Human Being”: Kansas.

Requires an ultrasound before an abortion: Arizona, North Dakota.

Abortion coverage limited in health care exchanges: Idaho, Virginia, Oklahoma.

Amended legislation to further restrict minors’ abortion access: Kansas, North Dakota.

Amended abortion reporting requirements: Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma.

 

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7:24PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Mary;
When people who want to grant 14 amendment rights to the fetus stop blaming women for having the same sexual autonomy as men have had we. can talk. When those in the "personhood" movement care as much for those persons who identify as female then I'll discuss. When those who say they care for the unborn child but once those children are born don't want to pay taxes to feed clothe educate and house the surplus-especially when their no good fathers who somehow escape the wrath of the "pro-life" movement for their behavior have run off, why then Mary, then tell me where to meet and the coffee is on me

6:18PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thank you for article.

6:18PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thank you for article.

8:14PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Mary J...
Please go back and read my comment again so that you get the point you missed the first time you read it. Let me help you.
I said:
"Pregnant women are the only people we treat differently than others. For instance, we do not force people to give blood or donate organs in order to save the lives of others. So why does it make sense to force pregnant women to use their bodies to "save" the lives of their unborn fetuses?? " The key word in my statement is the word "force", as in mandated by the government. The opposite of choice.

You said:
"The difference is that if I choose to give blood or donate some part of me, I may or may not help some one. There are others who can also help that same person. There may be many donatioins and various other ways to help that person live." The key words in your statement are "choose to give". That's, well, choice.

I also said:
"If we are a society that is going to choose for pregnant women that they must use their bodies to save lives, then we must also choose that option for everyone. For example, if your child needs blood or a bone marrow or liver transplant then the state should be able to force the parents to be tested for match suitability and if there is a match the state could then force the parent to donate that bodily resource to save the life of the child."

You said:
"The baby/fetus only has one person in the world who can keep it alive.. and that is mom. If she decides to have an aborion, the baby is de

12:33AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Debra A...
You said, "Pregnant women are the only people we treat differently than others. For instance, we do not force people to give blood or donate organs in order to save the lives of others. So why does it make sense to force pregnant women to use their bodies to "save" the lives of their unborn fetuses?? "


The difference is that if I choose to give blood or donate some part of me, I may or may not help some one. There are others who can also help that same person. There may be many donatioins and various other ways to help that person live. The baby/fetus only has one person in the world who can keep it alive.. and that is mom. If she decides to have an aborion, the baby is dead. No second chances, no others waiting in line to help. The act is done and there is no turning back.

12:17AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

and too easy to obtain. Making some one listen to the heart beat and taking some time to really think it over is not too much to ask when it comes to ending a life, of not ending it.

12:16AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Angela... the violence is occuring already thousands of times a day. Abortion is a very violent action and it takes a life.. it stops a heartbeat. I am aware that there is a movement that is fighting for personhood.. I think they are way out there and are extreme. You may find if you read up on it, that the right to life group is fighting them. There are times when abortion may be the only way out of a particular circumstance.. most of us get that. But the willful act of having sex and then simply aborting the baby at any stage is, IMO, very wrong and it gives off many bad sigals to us as a society and as women. We should make abortion a last resort and not a tool to use when a woman simply decides she does not want a baby at this time or for whatever reasons she sees fit. It is the ending of a life.. even if its very young and still needs the mother. I have a womb, so no womb-envy here. I had 4 children all while I was on birth control, so my opinion is not based on a man's view. Its about taking responsibility and doing the right thing. Teaching our chldren that they are not here because they are 'lucky' that the timing was good, but because life is precious and should be protected and not thrown away carelessly. Restraint and consideration for the messages we are sending and the acts we are commiting every day. Not just abort to ensure we can take that vacation or fit in that dress for the holidays.. that is what is going on for the most part. Abortions are all too common

3:16PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

The issue is A WOMAN'S right to CHOOSE what happens to her body, and in some cases her own mortality.Isn't THAT a "right to life" issue??? Or is it that women's lives are worth next to nothing and and even that is down to what some man or men in government decides to do with her ability to give birth?
Ever heard of "penis envy"? BOLOGNA!
I suggest this is about something rarely if ever considered, much less discussed, but is alive and kicking: WOMB ENVY. All this stuff about men being made in "god's image" -- and yet women are the ones with the true gift of sustaining and baring life. It must be quite disturbing in the male psyche to recognize this FACT. What else can men do but try by some artificial enforcement of either social pressure or legislation the mastery over something NATURE has ordained they can only play a small part in?
All this talk of "taking human life" or "person hood" being determined--again mostly by men, is a DISTRACTION. Some women will not choose to abort a pregnancy, some women will---the point is IT SHOULD BE THAT WOMAN'S CHOICE. no matter where you stand on abortion.

1:54AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

this is all very reasonable. no matter how many ways you want to look at it, ultimatly, you are ending the life of a human being. it should be taken seriously and be well thought out. im not sure why people disagree...

2:41PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

To Debra L. re civil disobedience training, I concur. The times are ripe - we'd all better start putting our bodies on the front line--not overseas, but at home where the real battle for freedom is going to be fought -as before. Because if we aren't, we'll sit and watch as the entire twentieth century is revoked before our eyes...

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