May was a busy month for legislating against women’s interests at the state level. In that month alone 34 provisions were enacted in 16 states including the following:
Ban abortion at 20 weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the womans last period) in Georgia;
Prohibit the use of telemedicine in the provision of medication abortion in Oklahoma;
Allow any health care organization to refuse to provide abortion services in Kansas;
Limit abortion coverage in the Alabama health exchange;
Bar specialized family planning providers or abortion providers from receiving family planning funds in Arizona;
Allow individuals and health care organizations to refuse to provide family planning services in Kansas and expand the types of organizations that may refuse to provide contraceptive coverage in Arizona;
Require reproductive health facilities to report statutory rape in Georgia and require statutory rape investigations for abortion patients under age 14 in Mississippi; and
Mandate abstinence-until-marriage education in Tennessee.
One of the reason state legislatures have been emboldened to act so aggressively on the issue of choice is because of the explicit support from Republicans on the national level have made it clear that radical anti-woman policies are now mainstream in the right. This goes for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as well.
Republicans may want to change the subject when it comes to their radical anti-woman, anti-family agenda, but we can’t let them. Too much is on the line.
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