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This year, more abortion restrictions were enacted throughout the United States than in the previous year, according to an analysis by groups supporting the right to abortion.
The state legislature has so far passed at least 90 legislation restricting procedures in 2021 and Report released this month by Guttmacher Institute..
“We are really trying to pay attention to the fact that the state legislature is moving very quickly on the ban and restrictions on abortion,” said the report’s co-author and key policymaker at the Institute. Elizabeth Nash told the NPR. “The right to abortion is at stake.”
She said that some state legislative conservative changes currently underway in the Supreme Court, highlighted by a majority of six to three conservatives, have been reorganized under former President Trump and are against abortion. He said he was driving an extraordinary wave. Earlier records were set in 2011, when the state passed 89 abortion limits throughout the year.
It is a milestone that anti-abortion supporters who promote such legislation consider it a success.
Abortion restrictions recorded when Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new bill last month banning abortion in the state before noticing that many women were pregnant for as early as six weeks. Reached a typical number. The bill also bans pregnancy as a result of rape and incest, but includes an exception to emergency care.
Similar “heartbeat bills” have been introduced in several states that seek to ban abortion the moment a fetal heartbeat is detected.
But as Previously reported NPR, Texas adds a unique twist to its ban. Under the law, individuals would be allowed to sue anyone they believe might have helped a pregnant person violate the ban. Proponents of reproductive rights are afraid that abortion providers and abortion activists will be targeted in these cases.
Nash said civil punishment, which makes it difficult to challenge the law, was a wise idea on the part of Texas lawmakers.
“They hold people all over the country responsible for enforcing this ban,” she said.
The Supreme Court is preparing to obtain the right to abortion
Push to weaken abortion rights comes as US Supreme Court Get ready to hear the incident It will put a long-standing legal precedent in favor of the right to abortion to test.
In this case, which will be picked up next year, Mississippi’s last abortion clinic challenges the constitutionality of state law banning most abortions after 15 weeks.
Since 1973, the court’s groundbreaking ruling has been Roe v. Wade, Gives a woman a constitutional right to end her pregnancy before “fetal viability”, that is, if the foetation cannot survive outside the womb, or for up to about 24 weeks.
If the court upholds Mississippi law, it will open the door to new state abortion restrictions that have long been considered unconstitutional. egg..
“I’m very worried about seeing the Supreme Court file a proceeding,” Nash said. “Even if the proceedings are filed, the court has signaled them that they could undermine their right to abortion.”
Abortion opponents are looking to the High Court
Joe Poiman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, an anti-abortion group, said the Supreme Court’s clear preparations to reconsider the right to abortion give them tolerance in Texas and other states. Due to such restrictions that he said would give opponents like him the hope of seeing the results.
He hopes the so-called Texas Heartbeat Act will face a series of court challenges, but he hopes such legislation goes further, he said.
“We believe that the state has the right and responsibility to protect all citizens, including the most vulnerable foetation, from harm, and the state has a responsibility to protect those children from abortion. I believe, “he said.
In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 11.3 abortions per 1,000 women, Slightly increased from the previous year.Reproductive rights restrictions Affects women disproportionately Of color and low-income women.
“We know that people need access to this care, whether they live in Louisiana or New York,” Nash said. “And we know that people are the best arbitrators of their lives and what they need. It is important to ensure that abortion is available and affordable. “
Sarah McCammon of NPR contributed to this report.