As far as current events go in the abortion debate, numerous laws are being passed by state governments to fight abortion proceedings. Unfortunately, these bills are seemingly more anti-women than they are educating women and men about responsible sex and abortions, which many believe would reduce the number of abortions more than physical action, due to their effects and wording. I'll list some of the more recent stuff that's happened, so we are up to date on current events (I apologize if the links I'm providing are from blatantly biased sites, but I have yet to find a site that has these topics without having bias as well.)
- Bills that would require women to have a transvaginal ultrasound if they seek an abortion procedure have been introduced to, and some passed by, numerous states. The common argument on these ultrasound bills is that, by definition, it is no different than rape; there's also some issue with the transvaginal ultrasound having no medical benefit whatsoever. Some of these bills have been edited from the original form to include a notice that women can choose not to have this ultrasound. In many of these bills, a 24-hour waiting period after the ultrasound is required before the process can continue.
- Governor Rick Perry recently defunded Planned Parenthood - as in, cut off all Medicaid funds from the program - in an effort to prevent abortions. Unfortunately, this also means that roughly 130,000 women in Texas are now without medical insurance, as PP was their insurance provider, regardless of whether they were seeking abortions or not. As per Medicaid's legal boundaries (which, incidentally, does not donate fundings to institutions specifically for abortion-related activities), the Obama administration had no choice but to block Medicaid funding to Texas; In true Rick Perry fashion, the governor is trying to sue the administration by claiming his 10th Amendment rights were opposed. It is not clear how Perry actually plans to cover these now uninsured women, but he said he will get the estimated $30 million from somewhere.
- Arizona is trying to pass a law that would grant doctors immunity to "wrongful birth" lawsuits; "wrongful births" are those where the child is born with a condition that the doctor was supposed to inform the mother about, but chose not to do so. Effectively, this would allow doctors to lie to women about her health and the fetus's health, if it meant saving it from abortion.
- Arizona is also the latest state to impose a time limit on when abortions are legal. The law imposes a limit at 18 weeks, a full 6 weeks before several medical professionals agree where viability begins.
- Mississippi - who last year rejected a personhood bill through Mississippian voter elections - is trying to pass a bill, through closed doors, that would require "all physicians who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital and be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology." Hospitals have full rights to deny admitting privileges to doctors, so this indirectly attempts to close down the abortion clinics in the state.
Edited by Modern Tom, 06 April 2012 - 03:24 AM.