USA – With Higher Stakes In The Abortion Debate, Activists March On Washington

With Higher Stakes In The Abortion Debate, Activists March On Washington

January 18, 2019
Sarah McCammon

On Friday, as they have for decades, anti-abortion rights activists are marching through Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Supreme Court – a location that symbolizes the long-held goal of reversing the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the procedure nationwide in 1973.

Vice President Mike Pence phoned into the rally Friday morning, thanking attendees for "standing for life" and calling on them to "be prepared to defend life."

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/18/686260253/with-higher-stakes-in-the-abortion-debate-activists-march-on-washington

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USA – Think abortion rights is a “divisive” issue? Only to the political class

Think abortion rights is a "divisive" issue? Only to the political class
Yes, a fundamentalist minority passionately opposes abortion, but most Americans want it to be legal and accessible

Amanda Marcotte
January 17, 2019

The ascendance of Brett Kavanaugh means that the Supreme Court now likely has the fifth vote necessary to overturn or gut Roe v. Wade, making it possible not just for the states but Congress to end legal abortion. The media narrative around this fight will likely, as it has for decades, portray abortion rights as a "divisive" issue that splits Americans right down the middle, suggesting that any overturn of Roe, however unsettling and unfortunate it may be, still reflects widespread popular sentiment.

This narrative would be wrong. In reality, opposition to abortion rights — like opposition to premarital sex, contraception or gay rights — is only a fetish for a minority of Americans involved in fundamentalist Christian subculture. While a fair number of Americans may express ambivalence about abortion, just as they might still feel shame about premarital sex or discomfort around LGBTQ people, ultimately they prefer a system that values sexual freedom and the right to privacy.

Continued: https://www.salon.com/2019/01/17/think-abortion-rights-is-a-divisive-issue-only-to-the-political-class/

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USA – On The Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade, I Remember My Grandmother’s Experience

On The Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade, I Remember My Grandmother's Experience

ByNikki Madsen
Jan 17, 2019

My grandmother was a strong Midwestern woman with a laugh that would fill the room. She escaped a violent childhood home and later raised five children after losing her husband in a car accident. She also had an abortion prior to 1973, the year when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion with the historic Roe v. Wade decision. Her abortion left her hospitalized in a place where the staff refused to care for her due to her abortion — with the exception of one nurse who saved her life. Although she died 12 years ago, I carry my grandmother’s experience with me every day in my work supporting independent abortion care providers, facilities which provide the compassionate quality care that my grandmother deserved but was unable to get because abortion was illegal in her home state of Minnesota and she couldn’t afford to travel.

Continued: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/on-the-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade-i-remember-my-grandmothers-experience-15831243

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USA – Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

By David Crary | AP
January 16, 2019

NEW YORK — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women’s access to the procedure.

For abortion opponents, many of whom will rally Friday at the annual March for Life in Washington, there’s a surge of optimism that sweeping abortion bans might have a chance of prevailing in the reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court that includes Donald Trump’s appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Legislators in at least five states — Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida and South Carolina — are expected to consider bills that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, possibly just six weeks into a pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/battles-expected-in-many-states-over-abortion-related-bills/2019/01/16/431b76e8-19a7-11e9-b8e6-567190c2fd08_story.html

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USA – Reproductive Rights at Risk With or Without Roe

Reproductive Rights at Risk With or Without Roe
In much of the country, access to abortion has already been blocked by state governments, especially for women in poverty. And if Roe goes, access will be scarcer still.

Kalena Thomhave
January 11, 2019

Recent discussions of abortion rights have been understandably chock-full of apocalyptic imagery and language. Some protesters at the U.S. Capitol in the Trump era have dressed as handmaids à la The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s story of an ultra-conservative totalitarian government that compels women to have the children of the wealthy and powerful. After Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, many — on both the left and right — assumed that Roe v. Wade was soon to fall. “Roe v. Wade is doomed,”CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin pronounced last June to much media fanfare.

Continued: https://prospect.org/article/reproductive-rights-risk-or-without-roe-0

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USA – Ensuring Access to Abortion at the State Level: Selected Examples and Lessons

Ensuring Access to Abortion at the State Level: Selected Examples and Lessons

Elizabeth Nash,Guttmacher Institute
Megan K. Donovan,Guttmacher Institute
First published online: January 9, 2019

The October 2018 appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has called into question the future of Roe v. Wade and abortion access in the United States. Just one month after Justice Kavanaugh took his seat on the bench, voters in Alabama and West Virginia approved state constitutional amendments intended to allow for additional abortion restrictions or even pave the way for outright bans on abortion in the event Roe is undermined or overturned.1

Although the changing composition of the Supreme Court has heightened the risks, efforts to restrict abortion are not new. Policymakers hostile to abortion have been working to undermine abortion care since Roe was decided. As a result, access to abortion already looks very different from state to state, and a person’s access to timely, affordable abortion care can be profoundly impacted by her race, socioeconomic status and available resources.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2019/01/ensuring-access-abortion-state-level-selected-examples-and-lessons

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Where U.S. Battles Over Abortion Will Play Out In 2019

Where U.S. Battles Over Abortion Will Play Out In 2019

January 8, 2019
Julie Rovner

With Democrats now in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, it might appear that the fight over abortion rights has become a standoff.

After all, abortion-rights supporters within the Democratic caucus will be in a position to block the kind of curbs that Republicans advanced over the past two years when they had control of Congress.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/08/682452994/where-u-s-battles-over-abortion-will-play-out-in-2019

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USA – It’s not even 2019, and Republicans have written at least 17 abortion restrictions for next year

It’s not even 2019, and Republicans have written at least 17 abortion restrictions for next year

By Carter Sherman
Dec 27, 2018

Over the last several weeks, Ohio lawmakers tried to pass one of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country, one that would ban the procedure after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, about six weeks into a pregnancy. That's before most women even know they're pregnant.

Now, other state legislatures are trying to do the same.

Continued: https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/pa549k/its-not-even-2019-and-republicans-have-written-at-least-17-abortion-restrictions-for-next-year

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USA – Yes, I do want your taxes to pay for abortion

Yes, I do want your taxes to pay for abortion
Ending the Hyde amendment, which bans federal funding of abortions, will give Americans their full rights – and dignity

Moira Donegan
Mon 3 Dec 2018

Abortion rights did not fare well in the midterm elections. Alabama voters approved a measure that will grant full legal personhood to fertilized eggs, a move that will massively restrict the rights of pregnant and fertile women and ban all abortions in the state after the fall of Roe v Wade. West Virginians removed state Medicaid funding for abortion procedures via a constitutional amendment.

Meanwhile, Republicans expanded their control of the Senate, allowing them to continue to stuff the federal courts with their rabidly anti-choice judicial nominees.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/03/yes-i-do-want-your-taxes-to-pay-for-abortion

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USA – Abortion foes seek Trump’s help to offset midterm setback

Abortion foes seek Trump's help to offset midterm setback

The Associated Press
David Crary
November 29, 2018

NEW YORK — Anti-abortion leaders are seeking help from the Trump administration as they shift their political strategies now that the U.S. House will be controlled by Democrats who support abortion rights.

Under Republican control, the House tried repeatedly, though unsuccessfully, to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and it passed a bill that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Democratic-led House that takes office in January is likely to push legislation that would expand access to abortion, even if such measures die in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/abortion-foes-seek-trumps-help-to-offset-midterm-setback

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