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Eckholm reports: "A three-year surge in anti-abortion measures in more than half the states has altered the landscape for abortion access, with supporters and opponents agreeing that the new restrictions are shutting some clinics, threatening others and making it far more difficult in many regions to obtain the procedure."

State Senators Wendy Davis, left, and Sylvia Garcia voted in June against abortion restrictions in Texas, which adopted among the nation's most stringent controls. (photo: Emily Ng/The Daily Texan)
State Senators Wendy Davis, left, and Sylvia Garcia voted in June against abortion restrictions in Texas, which adopted among the nation's most stringent controls. (photo: Emily Ng/The Daily Texan)


Access to Abortion Falling As States Pass Restrictions

By Erik Eckholm, The New York Times

04 January 14

 

A three-year surge in anti-abortion measures in more than half the states has altered the landscape for abortion access, with supporters and opponents agreeing that the new restrictions are shutting some clinics, threatening others and making it far more difficult in many regions to obtain the procedure.

Advocates for both sides are preparing for new political campaigns and court battles that could redefine the constitutional limits for curbing the right to abortion set by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and later modifications by the Supreme Court.

On Monday, in a clash that is likely to reach the Supreme Court, a federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments on a Texas requirement that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals — a measure that caused one-third of the state’s abortion clinics to close, at least temporarily.

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-4 # Texas Girl 2014-01-04 11:17
What you are seeing is public opinion shapes public policy. That's the way it's supposed to work -- not the other way around.
 
 
-5 # moafu@yahoo.com 2014-01-04 11:41
Interesting logic....or lack of it.
Wendy Davis and Sylvia Garcia would approve of "pulling the plug" on a patient who shows no brain wave activity. Nevertheless, they would abort a baby that registers very much normal brain activity while in the mother's womb.

The great actor Gregory Peck was asked how that he, as a beloved actor, could be so successful in portraying evil on the big screen. His reply, "by pursuing an illogical goal in a logical manner".

It IS illogical to abort a baby with brain activity. Logically pursuing legislation that allows abortion is a portrayal of evil.

Deal with it !
 
 
+6 # Anarchist 23 2014-01-04 13:40
Yes the fetus is sacred until it is born..then it can be starved, homeless, beaten, uneducated, jobless...the society and laws made by fundies and Right Wing Republicans do not value human life...instead they really create miserable conditions where human beings are rendered commodities..co rd wood for private prisons, low wage jobs and various wars for profit.Restrict ing legal abortion will not end abortion, only increase the numbers of poor women who will die from illegal abortions (the rich Never have trouble getting abortions!) and increase the number of poor children born who will then be rendered cordwood.And birth control, which would reduce if not eliminate abortion is also being made difficult to get. Criminally Stupid or Actively Evil, you make the call!
 
 
0 # Texas Girl 2014-01-07 14:04
Anarchist 23 says, "And birth control, which would reduce if not eliminate abortion is also being made difficult to get." Cheap if not absolutely free birth control hasn't eliminated abortion so far. And I know of no place where birth control is "being made difficult to get".
 
 
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-01-04 15:42
It is a woman's right to choose, not mine and especially not the governments.
 
 
0 # Texas Girl 2014-01-07 14:11
So you think it's a woman's right to choose to kill an unborn baby? Now you either don't accept that science tells us that a fetus is a living human being with DNA distinct from either parent or you believe it is alright to kill a baby. If you believe the latter, so be it, but don't try to assert what science has proven to us is false.
 

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