Tennessee wants to take advantage of the tripe Anti-Choice Blue dogs helped get into the healthcare bill and senators in Oklahoma want to endorse State Sanctioned Rape, treat women like idiots, and ignore that anti-choicers routinely try to coerce women into giving birth in favor of ye olde myth that abortion providers attempt to get women to abort at any cost. Good to know.
Tenn. Abortion Coverage Bill Heads to Gov.; Okla. Senate Passes Five Antiabortion Bills
~ Tennessee: The state Senate voted 27-3 to approve a bill (SB 2686) that would prohibit abortion coverage in health plans available in state insurance exchanges that will be created under the federal health reform law (PL 111-148), the Tennessean reports (Sisk, Tennessean, 4/20). The House approved the measure -- sponsored by Diane Black Gallatin, the state senate's Republican Caucus Chair -- earlier this month. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) for consideration (AP/WBIR, 4/19).
~ Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Senate on Monday approved five antiabortion bills, four of which previously were declared unconstitutional for violating a requirement that state bills address a single subject, the Tulsa World reports. One bill (HB 2780), approved 35-11, would require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound within one hour before the procedure and listen to an explanation of the ultrasound's findings. The bill would require doctors to use a vaginal probe in cases where it would provide a clearer picture of the fetus than a regular ultrasound. Another bill (HB 3075), approved 39-6, would require abortion clinics to post signs stating that women cannot be forced to undergo an abortion. In addition, the Senate voted 35-11 for a bill (HB 2656) that would prevent so-called "wrongful life" and "wrongful birth" lawsuits.
On the Ground: Access to Abortion in Ireland
It's bad. Really bad.
A new anti-abortion law in Nebraska (corn country just doesn't know when to quit) that seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks is expected to have a long legal battle.
Strict new Neb. abortion law faces long legal road
The National Network of Abortion Funds has been having a bowl-a-thon for abortion funding. They've raised $106,777 so far; they're trying to reach $125,000
Bowlathon - NNAF
I recently discovered an awesome blog: The Abortioneers: "The ins and outs and ups and downs of direct service in the field of abortion care."
Pro-Choice activists are making a film about two doctors who are still, in the trenches, helping women to access abortions. You can help by donating.
Trust Women: The Story of Two American Abortion Doctors
Trust Women tells the inspiring stories of Dr. LeRoy Carhart and Dr. Warren Hern, two of the last physicians in the country who continue to perform late-term abortions--a vital service that protects women's lives and health--despite constant harassment and threats. By making this film, we want to change the way people think about abortion doctors, and we need your contributions to make it happen.
The Trust Women PAC works to protect physicians, inform lawmakers, and spread truth about reproductive rights and abortion access, continuing the legacy of Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered on May 31, 2009.
Trust Women PAC