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Five years ago tomorrow, Dr. George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion activist. Today — in spite of continuing intimidation, harassment, and violence that abortion providers face every day from opponents of safe and legal abortion — providers like Dr. Chastine are determined to stand up for a woman’s right to make personal medical decisions, and to provide quality, compassionate care to the patients who need it.
Throughout his career, Dr. Tiller was committed to providing compassionate care to women and their families — no matter what. Five years later, his loss is still being felt by all of us. Thank you, Dr. Tiller.
Virginia is now the 8th state with forced ultrasounds before abortion. When it passed its law, it joined Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Texas has the harshest forced ultrasound law currently in effect. As Andrea Grimes reported,
“Texas has the most extreme law that’s being enforced right now,” says the Center For Reproductive Rights’ Julie Rikelman, the lead attorney on the CRR’s lawsuit filed against the Texas legislation. Despite the sympathetic leanings of a federal district judge who initially ruled on the case, the suit has more or less been stalled by a vehemently anti-choice Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which denied the CRR’s requested injunction against enforcement last month. Now, that means that all aspects of the law—mandated ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and forced speech—are now in full force in Texas.
Oklahoma’s forced ultrasound bill, which was similar to TX’s, was struck down by a federal court recently.
North Carolina, which also has passed a harsh TX-style forced ultrasound bill, is unable to enforce their law pending a court decision.
Pennsylvania’s forced ultrasound bill is officially kaput, at least for this year.
And, as Robin Marty reports, Iowa:
What is the difference between a traffic light camera and a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound? One is a violation of privacy, according to Iowa legislators.
Can you guess which?
The Iowa legislature is considering banning traffic cameras due to “privacy concerns.” And those who are arguing for the ban are the same who think all women should be forced to undergo forced ultrasounds prior to an abortion.
These laws will affect all those with the ability to become pregnant.
While Texas is only state currently forcing people to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, AND VIRGINIA all have forced ultrasounds before an abortion.
Oklahoma and North Carolina have passed similar laws to the one in Texas but they are not being enforced due to pending court decisions.
Kansas Abortion Bill Would Impose Sweeping Restrictions
Among the most contested provisions of the bill is the section that would exempt a doctor from a medical malpractice suit if a woman claims the physician withheld information about potential birth defects to prevent her from having an abortion. In addition, a woman would not be able to sue if she suffers health damage from a pregnancy as a result of information withheld from her to prevent an abortion. A wrongful death suit could still be filed, however, if the mother died.
Jesus Christ. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The bill would also require women be told about potential breast cancer risks from abortions, even though medical experts discount such a connection.
Guise. Pro-lifers just care so much about women’s health that they are requiring doctors to warn them of health risks that don’t actually exist.
The same doctors they are now giving free license to lie and manipulate women into taking actual health risks without any warning or consent.
Let me get this straight. Doctors who purposely didn’t do their jobs so they could control their patients’ reproductive decisions are totally cool with Kansas conservatives? Doctors who purposely didn’t do their jobs, thereby preventing future parents from having time to adequately prepare for a child with disabilities? Doctors who purposely didn’t do their jobs and allowed their patients to get hurt? Doctors who went against all legitimate science in the name of their own ideology?
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