Quick Hit: Abortion in America is already ridiculously safe; new restrictions only put more people in danger

Newsflash for the GOP! All those terrible abortion restrictions you keep trying to pass? They are not making anyone safer, and are in fact only serving to hinder reproductive health access  How do I know? Because, evidence.

Exhibit A: RH Reality Check has put together an excellent analysis of documents  showing that even though states are regulating abortion like it’s going out of style, there is virtually no evidence that patients are being harmed by accessing abortion services in the U.S. From the article, describing letters provided by 38 of the state attorneys general, and 31 of the health departments:

Together, these documents make up an extensive repository of rules, legislation, and official reports about abortion in the United States…The responses received to date include thousands of pages of legislation and regulations on a wide range of topics that could relate to abortion…

An analysis of these documents shows that congressional Republicans will find no support for their arguments in favor of new restrictions on abortion care in the evidence presented by the states. In particular, to the extent that anti-choice advocates claim that women are being put at risk by abortion services, these documents—from the very state entities charged with overseeing and regulating abortion—show the contrary. They show that abortion in the United States is highly regulated and overwhelmingly safe.

For more, review the database of state documents yourself or see other pieces from RH Reality Check‘s State of Abortion series here.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/beast/ Stephen Brannon

    It is about time these laws get challenged for what they are. This is a way for the opposers of common sense to get around the Supreme Court ruling of Rowe vs. wade. With these laws being enacted I do not see how anyone can think that female rights are not being destroyed in this country. Now I want to mention the group responsible. They are all members of the GOP and many also belong to the evangelicals. First off there is no ban on abortion in the bible. Intact the bible only counts killing a child as bad after the child is at least one month old. Another fact is several times kids are put to death at the order of God. Second these evangelicals are racist. I know, I rolled with them for awhile. You cannot go a whole conversation without them talking about how much no -whites are destroying the Earth. Then when their guard is really down they admit it: they are scared of other ethnicities outbreeding white majority. Of course the GOP is almost exclusively white. In their warped, backward, moonshine spiked minds they think white women who have an economic advantage will use the tool of abortion more than any others and then they will be out of power.