It's been 39 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade - but the battles over access to the full range of reproductive health care services still rage on.
In 2011, the number of abortion restrictions introduced in state legislatures reached a three-decade high. But such laws - like the ultrasound law in Texas, which requires providers to perform ultrasounds, describe the fetus and give women the option to hear the fetal heartbeat - aren't just problematic in that they put barriers between women and their health care. They are affirmatively bad for women's health. They require unnecessary and invasive procedures not recommended by doctors. This is especially problematic when women are directed or tricked into seeking care at crisis pregnancy centers - which often have no qualified medical professionals on staff.
Women deserve sound medical advice from actual medical professionals.
The Texas sonogram law is just one example of the attacks on women's reproductive health over the past year. They have been far-reaching and dangerous - and anti-choice extremists show no signs of letting up.
Not only is access to abortion services out of reach for many women, but so is birth control, maternity care, and social services to help them raise healthy families. It's time to recommit to protecting and expanding common sense policies that improve women's health by providing access to affordable, high quality reproductive health services. The National Partnership has joined the Trust Women Silver Ribbon Campaign virtual march to make sure our elected officials know that restricting women's health services is unacceptable. Join us!