Proposed Abortion Restriction Bills Rapidly Increasing In Over 30 StatesDanielle Sullivan
Restrictions on abortions are getting a lot of attention in the government lately. In fact, in over 30 states, there is legislature currently being proposed to restrict and/or limit abortions right now. In some cases, the proposed bills are being passed swiftly.
This past February, the House of Representatives also passed a measure that would bring an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
It beckons the question of whether the Supreme Court would ever overturn Roe vs. Wade after it has been in effect for nearly 40 years.
This past week, Idaho’s Legislature approved a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That ban came right on the heels of a bill in South Dakota which now mandates a three-day waiting period for abortions. It also requires women seeking abortions to undergo counseling at a pregnancy help center.
According to USA Today, more of these abortion bills are being passed and at a fast rate:
Abortion bills “are moving in states where they haven’t before,” says Mary Spaulding Balch, state legislation director for the National Right to Life Committee, which opposes abortion. Another surprise is “the speed at which these bills are going through,” she says.
This week, a bill was passed in Florida requiring ultrasounds before abortions. Last week, an Ohio House committee approved a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detected. In Kansas, a bill was passed last week banning most abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy.
According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, they are currently monitoring 362 abortion bills in this legislative session. In the entire year of 2010, only 174 bills were tracked.
Do you think the increase in bills proposing abortion restrictions will ever lead to a full abortion ban? Do the new laws currently being proposed make you nervous? Angry? Do you feel that Roe vs. Wade will never be overturned in our country? Or do you support the new laws?