Women were given the right to have a legal abortion in 1973 in Roe v. Wade. I’m not clear why we have allowed laws to be passed that change that right. According to this CNN Poll, 78% are still in favor of a woman’s right to choose. Yet, our elected officials are doing everything they can to change it. Here is just a sampling of some of the bills introduced and laws that were passed in the last year:
- The Texas State House of Representatives has passed the Sonogram Bill (HB 15), a measure requiring women to get a sonogram before ending a pregnancy, forcing even victims of rape to have an ultrasound probe inserted into their uteruses at least 24 hours before the procedure.
- Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin has introduced a bill that would not only make abortion illegal but would make miscarriages illegal. So, the miscarriage I had in 1992 .. would I still be in jail?
- Indiana (House Bill 1210) wants to force doctors to lie to women about abortion causing breast cancer despite medical evidence to the contrary in order to discourage women from having abortions
- Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) introduced a bill (HR 358) would allow states to deny insurance coverage for birth control meaning hospitals could deny abortion procedures and transport to a facility that would provide a woman with an abortion even if failure to provide an abortion would mean the death of the woman.
The Guttmacher Institute details the extent of 2011’s war on Women’s Reproductive Rights. The report says:
- By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011. In the 50 states combined, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions, a sharp increase from the 950 introduced in 2010. By year’s end, 135 of these provisions had been enacted in 36 states, an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009. (Note: This analysis refers to reproductive health and rights-related “provisions,” rather than bills or laws, since bills introduced and eventually enacted in the states contain multiple relevant provisions.)
- Fully 68% of these new provisions—92 in 24 states—-restrict access to abortion services, a striking increase from last year, when 26% of new provisions restricted abortion. The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011 shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.
- Abortion restrictions took many forms: bans (6 states), waiting periods (3 states), ultrasound 5 states), insurance coverage (3 states joined the existing 5 with such restrictions), clinic regulations (4 states), medication abortion (7 states).
If you think this tiny list is crazy, read the full list here at PoliticsUSA. I am sincerely disgusted with the state of the US. We have GOT to get our heads together.
NARAL put together this infographic. Take a look.
This is the collection of Doonesbury Comics that have been banned in many newspapers across the US. Freedom of speech, especially in the current wave of GOP Right Wing Nutfucks and their war on women, has to be kept in check.
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