Why 2016 Has Anti-Abortion Advocates Celebrating For Fifth Year In A Row
This year, 14 states have passed about 30 laws adding limitations to women trying to obtain abortions. But this success isn't new. In total, the past five years account for a quarter of all abortion restrictions enacted since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973.
The Washington Post:
14 States Have Passed Laws This Year Making It Harder To Get An Abortion
As state legislatures across the country wrap up their 2016 sessions, one of the most active areas of legislating hasn't been red-hot LGBT issues or immigration. It's been the decades-old issue of abortion. And on that issue, social conservatives are on a roll. This year, antiabortion advocates passed some 30 laws in 14 states to make it harder for people to get abortion. ... Antiabortion advocates aren't just celebrating one good year: 2016 marks the fifth straight year they've passed a large number of abortion restrictions. In 2011 alone, Republican legislatures passed some 92 laws limiting abortions. In total, the past five years account for a quarter of all abortion restrictions enacted since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973. (Phillips, 6/1)
In other news, Ohio settles with Planned Parenthood —
Ohio To Reimburse Planned Parenthood Nearly $50,000 After Long-Running Lawsuit
Ohio will pay Planned Parenthood nearly $50,000 as part of a high-profile settlement after its top legal official accused the group of illegally dumping fetal remains in landfills. Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit last December over the explosive charges from Attorney General Mike DeWine, who said fetal remains from Ohio clinics were being “steam-cooked and taken to a Kentucky landfill.” (Ferris, 6/1)