Posts Tagged anti-choice legislation

The harsh reality of abortion restrictions in Texas

In 2013, Texas passed extreme restrictions on abortion to shutter one third of the state’s providers. We’ve written a ton here at Feministing about the inspiring feminist army that rose up to fight these restrictions, about our hero Wendy Davis who will be the next governor of Texas and help change this horrible reality, and about the fact that despite these wins, the anti-choice establishment has already had success and likely will be able to continue in limiting access to reproductive healthcare.

Today, a federal appeals court is set to review the law again.

In 2013, Texas passed extreme restrictions on abortion to shutter one third of the state’s providers. We’ve written a ton here at Feministing about the inspiring feminist army that ...

Nebraska Supreme Court won’t let 16-year-old in foster care get an abortion

This is absolutely heartbreaking. The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday denied an abortion to a 16-year-old in the foster care system. Nebraska has a parental consent law, and judicial bypass is allowed only if there is a medical emergency, abuse or neglect at home, or “clear and convincing evidence that the pregnant woman is both sufficiently mature and well-informed to decide whether to have an abortion.” A lower court judge denied the girl judicial bypass, telling her, “when you have the abortion it’s going to kill the child inside you.” Seriously. Then the state Supreme Court, made up of six men and one woman, upheld the ruling:

The court majority ruled that the girl, identified only as Anonymous 5, ...

This is absolutely heartbreaking. The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday denied an abortion to a 16-year-old in the foster care system. Nebraska has a parental consent law, and judicial bypass is allowed only if there is a ...

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown on religious freedom and vagina

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Yesterday in Michigan, before the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice bills passed the House, Rep. Lisa Brown spoke for the many pro-choice advocates who were silenced in debate. She then offered a very different take on religious freedom from the one we typically hear in US politics. Jewish law requires therapeutic abortion if a pregnant person’s life is at risk. So this anti-choice legislation is (by the weird logic that says religious freedom means the state’s laws should be the church’s laws) also impinging on religious freedom.

And then Rep. Brown said “vagina.” And then she was banned from speaking on the House floor in future debates. Seriously. State Rep. Barb Byrum was also apparently banned from ...

(Transcript after the jump.)

Yesterday in Michigan, before the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice bills passed the House, Rep. Lisa Brown spoke for the many pro-choice advocates who were silenced in debate. She then offered a very different ...

Michigan House passes anti-choice super-bill after 20 minutes of debate

It didn’t take much time or thought for the Michigan House to rubber stamp a beyond extreme anti-choice bill with the not-so-subtle goal of ending abortion in the state. Yesterday evening, after only 20 minutes, the House voted 70 to 39 in favor of the bill. Yeah, those numbers scare me too.

This is the legislation Chloe called “the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice bills.”

Except instead of a whole bunch of delicious things rolled into one yummy ice cream, it’s a whole bunch of shitty anti-choice measures rolled into one awful bill.

At the risk of sounding like Stefon, this bill has everything: state-mandated scripts for doctors that masquerade as faux concern for women who are being coerced into abortion, ...

It didn’t take much time or thought for the Michigan House to rubber stamp a beyond extreme anti-choice bill with the not-so-subtle goal of ending abortion in the state. Yesterday evening, after only 20 minutes, the House ...

Michigan advances the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice bills

Michigan Republican State Representative Bruce Rendon has proposed a new “super bill” that would restrict access to abortion in half a dozen different ways, which is why I will henceforth think of it as the Chubby Hubby of anti-choice legislation. Except instead of a whole bunch of delicious things rolled into one yummy ice cream, it’s a whole bunch of shitty anti-choice measures rolled into one awful bill.

At the risk of sounding like Stefon, this bill has everything: state-mandated scripts for doctors that masquerade as faux concern for women who are being coerced into abortion, new TRAP laws to make insurance more complicated and expensive for providers, stricter regulations for clinics, new rules about the disposal of fetal remains ...

Michigan Republican State Representative Bruce Rendon has proposed a new “super bill” that would restrict access to abortion in half a dozen different ways, which is why I will henceforth think of it as the Chubby Hubby ...

Abortion drug treatment bill blocked by judge in Oklahoma

A judge blocked a law in Oklahoma that would have disallowed women from procuring drug-induced abortions. The reasoning for the law is the usual line, “it’s for the health of the woman” even though the abortion pill is used successfully all over the country and has been since 2000, accounting for about 1/4 of the abortions obtained by women.

via Reuters.

The law had been scheduled to go into effect on November 1, but state District Judge Dan Owens issued a temporary restraining order in a victory for abortion rights advocates.

Nova Health Systems, which operates a clinic in Tulsa, and the nonprofit Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice had filed a lawsuit to block the law.

They will ask Owens to issue a ...

A judge blocked a law in Oklahoma that would have disallowed women from procuring drug-induced abortions. The reasoning for the law is the usual line, “it’s for the health of the woman” even though the abortion pill ...