February 8, 2013
"It's Up to Us To Defend Abortion Rights," Mary Lou Greenberg, RH Reality Check: Despite laws "that legally prohibit harassing people seeking to enter women's health facilities and obstructing the entrance," some legal experts consider the issue a "gray area" because some laws have not been tested in courts, Greenberg writes. She discusses her experience as an escort for women visiting the Choices Women's Medical Center, an abortion provider in New York. "[T]he only way to prevent anti-abortion protestors ... from physically interfering with women (and their accompanying partners, relatives or friends) going into a clinic is by relying on our own efforts -- and not laws which may or, more frequently, ... may not be enforced," Greenberg writes (Greenberg, RH Reality Check, 2/5).
What others are saying about access to abortion:
~ "Who Really Wins the War on Women?" Nina Burleigh, Huffington Post blogs.
"State Politicians May Force Me to Turn Away Patients," Stephanie Dahl, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights": "One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is helping cancer survivors who are now facing infertility from their lifesaving chemotherapy and radiation treatments achieve their dream of having a family," writes Dahl, a physician in North Dakota. However, a series of antiabortion measures before the North Dakota Legislature could "prohibit IVF, outlaw most donor sperm and donor egg[s], and threaten access to several forms of contraception," Dahl writes, noting that she would "have to turn away cancer survivors" and "many other couples with infertility." She continues, "Not only are several states attempting to tell women how and when they can end a pregnancy, in North Dakota, lawmakers are telling women how and when they can or can't conceive that pregnancy, too" (Dahl, "Blog of Rights," ACLU, 2/6).
What others are saying about state attacks on reproductive rights:
~ "Heartbeat Bills are the New Fad in Anti-Abortion Legislation," Robin Marty, Ms. Magazine blog.
~ "Students Mobilize as Extreme New Anti-Choice Bill Surfaces in the Kansas Legislature," Andrew Jenkins, RH Reality Check.
~ "How Republicans Quietly Mandate Transvaginal Probes When They Think No One's Paying Attention," Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress.
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