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Legal abortion rate in Texas dropped 13 percent after new anti-choice restrictions

 

That’s according to a new study on the impact of the anti-choice restrictions that have now forced 46 percent of Texas’ legal abortion providers to close.

As we already know, the omnibus law passed last year–which also placed stricter restrictions on medication abortions and banned the procedure after 20 weeks–has dealt a disastrous blow to abortion access. The number of Texans living more than 200 miles from a provider has increased nearly 30-fold over the past year–from 10,000 to 290,000. And the new study shows it’s had an effect on the abortion rate as well. In the 6 months after the law went into effect, there was a 13 percent decrease in the legal abortion rate ...

 

That’s according to a new study on the impact of the anti-choice restrictions that have now forced 46 percent of Texas’ legal abortion providers to close.

As we already know, the omnibus law passed last ...

Chart of the Day: Fewer state abortion restrictions were passed in the first half of 2014

But it’s hardly time to break out the champagne. While this year is looking better than the last few, according to Guttmacher’s new numbers on state anti-choice laws, abortion access is still under attack in the states.

So far this year, 13 states have adopted 21 new anti-choice laws–which is about half the number that had been enacted by this point last year. That’s an improvement–though the researchers partly attribute it to cyclical legislative trends–but the figure only really looks good in comparison to the record-breakingly awful last few years, when more abortion restrictions were enacted in three years than in the entire previous decade combined. On the other hand, a few states ...

But it’s hardly time to break out the champagne. While this year is looking better than the last few, according to Guttmacher’s new numbers on state anti-choice laws, abortion access is still under attack ...

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“Buffer zones work. So they have to go.” 

The White House needs to address McCullen.

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“Buffer zones work. So they have to go.” 

The White House needs to address McCullen.

The feminist ethics of make-up are endlessly complicated but ...

McCullen: A view from a thousand feet

Abortion clinics are a dangerous place for staffers and patients. As Vicki Saporta told the Huffington Post,”[s]ince 1977, there have been 8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 181 arsons, and thousands of incidents of criminal activities.” You wouldn’t know that, though, from yesterday’s Supreme Court decision McCullen v. Coakley. Maya wrote yesterday that the dangerous, disappointing McCullen struck down Massachusetts’ “buffer zone” law. Buffer zones were set up to protect people entering abortion clinics for services or work against violence and harassment — but Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, elides these threats and re-imagines the anti-choice protester as a grinning granny with  some good advice.

Abortion clinics are a dangerous place for staffers and patients. As Vicki Saporta told the Huffington Post,”[s]ince 1977, there have been 8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 181 arsons, and thousands of incidents ...

Breaking: SCOTUS strikes down Massachusetts’ buffer zone law

The Supreme Court ruled today that Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law, which requires anti-choice activists harassers to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances, violates their freedom of speech. SCOTUS issued their decision from within their own comfy buffer zone that keeps picketers outside their 252-by-98-foot plaza.

The fact that buffer zones are even necessary to ensure people have safe access to a legal, medical procedure is absurd, but that’s the world we live in. A survey by the National Abortion Federation found that 90 percent of clinics were concerned about the safety of patients and staff entering their facilities, 51 percent of clinics in areas with buffer zones reported a decrease in criminal activity after the policy was enacted, and 75 percent of them ...

The Supreme Court ruled today that Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law, which requires anti-choice activists harassers to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances, violates their freedom of speech. SCOTUS issued their decision from within their ...

Watch the south’s abortion clinics disappear in one scary GIF

As I mentioned yesterday, the Louisiana legislature just passed a bill that could close three — possibly four — out of the state’s five abortion clinics.

If that sounds disturbingly familiar, it’s because it should. Like similar bills in Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi, Louisiana’s new TRAP-style law requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a local hospital. And, just like in those other southern states, its intended effect is to shut down clinics and, ultimately, “end abortion in our country.”

Texas’s law has already partially gone into effect — and this map shows the huge blow it’s dealt to abortion access in the Lone Star State — ...

As I mentioned yesterday, the Louisiana legislature just passed a bill that could close three — possibly four — out of the state’s five abortion clinics.

If that sounds disturbingly familiar, it’s because it ...

Missouri pro-choice activists launch 72-hour filibuster to protest waiting period bill

Remember when Missouri legislator compared getting an abortion to buying a new car in order to justify increasing the state’s waiting period to 72 hours? Well, in response to that bill, along with more than 29 other anti-choice proposals the legislature has considered just this session, reproductive rights activists in Missouri are staging a 72-hour filibuster.

Remember when Missouri legislator compared getting an abortion to buying a new car in order to justify increasing the state’s waiting period to 72 hours? Well, in response to that bill, along with more than 29 other anti-choice proposals ...

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