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Proposed Abortion Restriction Bills Rapidly Increasing In Over 30 States

By Danielle Sullivan |

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State bills targeting abortion rights are rapdily increasing.

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?

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0 thoughts on “Proposed Abortion Restriction Bills Rapidly Increasing In Over 30 States

  1. JenB says:

    My state just passed a law in the house making access to, not only RU486, but also Plan B, more difficult. How narrowing access to emergency contraception will reduce abortion was not explained.

  2. goddess says:

    You ask:” 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?”

    Yes. Yes. YES. No. And NO.
    People have been complacent, thinking this was an irrevocable right. While I believe it is an INHERENT right, until there’s a constitutional amendment guaranteeing each and every woman to full autonomy and access to health care sand the privacy in which to administer those choices, there will always be a possibility of overturning RvW.
    I feel that basically until you live in a woman’s body and assume each and every large and minute, short and long-term risk inherent to either continued gestation and childbirth or abortion, you should have no say, no sway, no voice in her health carea choices. IOW- if it ain’t your womb, butt out.

  3. Chris says:

    This is one very frustrating aspect of the Tea-Party-powered Republican resurgence. They claim to be for smaller government and libertarian principles, but they seem to be the same old social conservatives just way angrier about the deficit, too. I can’t remember where I read the joke–and it might have even been in the comments here–but here it is: The Republican party wants to shrink the government so small that it can fit inside a uterus. Ba-dum-dum.

  4. goddess says:

    ROFLMAO @ Chris!

  5. starrsitter says:

    It seems to me that the reason these bills are being proposed is because they know that an outright ban would never make it. A majority of people believe that abortion should be available in at least some cases. The strategy that they’re using now chips away at access making it virtually impossible for many women (especially certain women) to get an abortion. Which is ludicrous, since it’s a legal medical procedure.
    People who are truly interested in reducing the number of abortions, instead of just shaming or controlling sexually active women, would do well to support age-appropriate, medically sound sexual health education and information about and real, affordable access to health care, especially contraceptive choices. Many people who oppose abortion also oppose these two things as well, which belies their supposed goals. Apparently, they think that their expressions of moral outrage at sexual activity they don’t sanction is an effective means of preventing unintended pregnancy.

  6. PlumbLucky says:

    I just had a completely squirrely thought about how this might be non-HIPAA compliant. Hey it might be, it might not be.

  7. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Read this comment on another blog and had to share, because it hits the nail right on the head:

    “The problem is the democrats think that defunding Planned Parenthood is about abortion, when it really isn’t. That’s why making arguments that “Planned Parenthood does things other than abortions” won’t work.

    The whole idea of defunding Planned Parenthood is to make it more likely that young women get pregnant accidentally in the first place (and then, of course, have such limited options that they end up keeping the child.)

    It’s how you keep the cycle of poverty in place (poor people join churches and vote Republican) and make new poor people (18 year old single moms tend to slip out of the middle class, never to return) who, again, will tend to either not vote at all or vote Republican.

    Meanwhile, stay at home moms, either married or single, don’t get counted in official unemployment figures, so it makes the economy look artificially better. And, obviously, stay at home moms don’t compete against males in the work place. (Given the cost of child care and the refusal to effectively subsidize it, a large percentage of women who get pregnant accidentally will become stay at home moms.) “

  8. Lee says:

    Mistress, the facts do not support the theory that Republicans are trying to build themselves a future pool of likely voters by limiting abortion access. From a NYTimes/CBS poll of registered voters 52% of women vote Democrat vs. 31% voting Republican. 63% of those with a household income under $30K vote Democrat vs. 26% who vote Republican. 57% of those with a household income under $50K vote Democrat vs. 25% Republican. 66% of 18-29 year olds vote Democrat vs. 29% Republican. And finally, among self described evangelicals the vote is evenly split – 41% vote Democrat vs. 42% vote Republican.

  9. AlbertaMom says:

    @JenB – If an egg is fertilized before Plan B is taken it can cause it to be aborted from the body. If a person believes life begins at conception, and abortion of life is wrong, then Plan B would play into the abortion debate.

  10. JenB says:

    The AMA, National Institutes of Health, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognizes pregnancy as beginning at implantation. Plan B works by primarily inhibiting or preventing ovulation. I have no sympathy for those who want to force pregnancy on women on the infinitesimal to non-existent chance that a fertilized egg might not implant. If they can make this argument and block access to Plan B, the can do the same to IUDs and other hormonal birth control. When a woman has choices taken away, and her will is trumped by a ball of cells that probably doesn’t even exist…well I say wow.

  11. MsFortune says:

    every sperm is sacred!

  12. anna says:

    Alberta, I hope you don’t take birth control pills then!

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