No April Fooling: The Scary Road to the Demolition of Roe v Wade
With the recent new numbers of conservative congress members, we are seeing what Time magazine calls a “spike in antiabortion bills.” Not only does the House want to go after all funding for Planned Parenthood, even though by law no government funds can be used for abortions services already, but some state lawmakers are introducing some scary bills when it comes to women retaining control of their reproductive lives.
Start with South Dakota. Governor Daugaard signed a law in March requiring women to have “dissuasive” counseling and have to wait three days before they can have an abortion—the longest of any state law. Arizona: The Senate passed a bill that forbids a doctor to perform an abortion based on the race or sex of the fetus (several other states have similar bills). Florida: An abortion must be preceded by an ultrasound. There are other states with similar proposed bills that also require the woman to look at the ultrasound beforehand.
These are scary enough, but it gets scarier. Ohio has proposed a bill that would prohibit abortion if there was a detectable fetal heartbeat. And Georgia wants to make “prenatal murder” a felony punishable under homicide law. Many legal experts believe if this kind of bill passes, it will open up a can of worms for making miscarriage a crime.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is proud to have passed six prolife bills already and claims Mississippi is “the safest state in America for an unborn child.” What he doesn’t say is that it is the unsafest state for a child once it is out of the womb: the state has the highest mortality rate for children. He may want every fetus to make its way out of the womb, but then it and the parents are on their own.Continued on the next page