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This Week in Pro-Choice News

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Alabama State Representative refers to fetus as “largest organ in a body”: In a jaw-dropping example of the failure of our schools to teach basic science, Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R) explained that she was sponsoring a bill to restrict abortion in part because abortion removes the largest organ in the body.  The bill, called The Women’s Health and Safety Act in what I can only refer to as a dark Republican attempt at humor, places restrictions on the state’s five abortion clinics.  The restrictions, including requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and making it a felony for a nurse to dispense abortion pills, are clearly aimed at making abortion difficult or impossible for women to obtain.  [Mother Jones]

Arkansas House panel approves measures that would ban almost all abortions after 12 weeks: The measure still has to be approved by the House.  If the measure passes, then abortion will be illegal after 12 weeks if a fetal heartbeat is detected, except in cases of rape, incest, lethal fetal abnormalities, and risk to mother’s life.  This abortion ban would be the most restrictive in the country. [Associated Press]

Washington House passes Reproductive Parity Act: This measure, which still needs to be approved by the state Senate, would ensure that insurance companies that currently provide maternity care coverage would also provide abortion coverage.  The bill is currently before the Senate’s Health Care Committee.  The committee is predominantly Republican, and its members can choose to hold the bill up in committee to prevent it from being brought to a vote by the majority-Democratic Senate.  Governor Jay Inslee supports the bill.  [The Olympian]

Indiana Senate drops bill that would have required doctors to perform two ultrasounds if they prescribed the abortion pill: Indiana has passed a measure that requires physicians dispensing the abortion pill to perform an ultrasound before administering the drug.  The original version of the bill would have also required an ultrasound two weeks after the woman took the pill.  Since medical abortion occurs early in the pregnancy, it is likely that the required ultrasound will be transvaginal.  [San Francisco Chronicle]




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