Legislatures across the country are aiming at the universal health care law and more specifically abortion.
Within the first half of 2010 over 900 legislative measures across 45 states focused on reproductive health and rights. By midyear 49 measures were passed in over 20 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
In South Dakota recent legislation requires women wait three days and seek consultation at a “pregnancy help center” before being able to opt for the abortion.
Many states already require consultation by a doctor or with a clinic staff member in order to educated women about their choices and the procedure.
However, no state has reached as far as to send women to pregnancy centers which are typically founded in religious ideas and anti-abortion attitudes.
This legislation defies separation of church and state and personal rights, which once was the foundation for this country.
While Roe v. Wade ultimately protects a woman’s right to choose, Planned Parenthood v. Casey opened doors for restrictions to that right.
Midterm election success for Republicans has them calling open hunting season on the gap between restriction and right. Their ultimate goal is to forever kill federal funding for abortion and operations that support it.
The strongest approach was taken when the U.S. House cut all funding to Planned Parenthood in Februrary. The amendment presented by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) was seen as a victory for Republicans and pro-life advocates.
“War on women” is the reality, says Cecelia Richards, President of Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood provides more preventative measures to women across the country than any other organization. In truth cancer screening, STD and HIV testing, birth control and regular PAP tests are more regularly provided to underprivileged women than abortions.
Title X, the national family planning program, already eliminates using federal funds for the abortions that Planned Parenthood does provide. Pence believes that despite the legislation federal funds are being used for abortions.
However, erasing fund for Title X will do more hurt than help if the Republicans aim is to wipe out abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute this cut would result in some 400,000 abortions a year from unintended pregnancies.
Another realisation is that without safe ways to provide abortions women it won’t stop women from having them. Instead women will turn to streets to have the procedure where they risk infection and infertility.
Without these services some women are going to die.
UPDATE: Please watch and enjoy this video about Planned Parenthood cuts Gawker.com
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