The looming battle over abortion in the US

By Pratiksha Ghildial, BBC News, Ohio
May 27, 2021

Pro-choice activists say that state lawmakers across the country are trying to restrict abortion at a pace not seen in decades. So what will this mean for a decades-long fight over the issue in America?

On a Friday night, Julie gets ready to go out with her partner while her two boys curl up on the sofa to watch a Disney movie with their babysitter.
It is a typical happy family scene, one that Julie probably never envisaged when, aged just 19, she was raped and took the decision to have an abortion.

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Arizona passes sweeping anti-abortion bill banning procedure for genetic issues

Under bill signed by the governor, doctors can in some cases face felony charges for performing the procedure

Associated Press
Wed 28 Apr 2021

Arizona’s governor has signed a sweeping anti-abortion bill that bans the procedure if the woman is seeking it solely because a fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down’s syndrome.

Doctors who perform an abortion solely because the child has a survivable genetic issue can face felony charges. The proposal also contains a range of other provisions sought by abortion opponents.

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Republicans employ new ‘extremely aggressive’ tactics to ban abortion

Bills that ban abortion and punish women and doctors under murder statutes have shown up in state legislatures recently

Jessica Glenza
Fri 12 Feb 2021

At a church-style rally in Arizona, the state Republican lawmaker Walter Blackman described his “perfect” legislative proposal: to prosecute women who have abortions for homicide alongside the doctors who provide them.

Such a bill would be patently unconstitutional in the US – but for anti-abortion rights activists like Blackman that’s the point.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/12/anti-abortion-activists-womens-rights