Anti-Choice Legislation Roundup

By Claire, Communications Intern

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota are planning an injunction  against South Dakota’s most recent anti-choice restrictions of abortion.  SD now requires women to prove they had counseling at a crisis pregnancy center and a 72-hour mandatory waiting period.  SD already required a 24 hour waiting period, a state-written script and sonograms.  Planned Parenthood seeks to prove this law to be unduly restrictive and in violation of civil liberty.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri have also filed an injunction  to prevent the loss of Title X funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Kansas.  Planned Parenthood is the largest reproductive heath care provider in the state.

Wisconsin  became the fourth state to defund Planned Parenthood as well as severely cut other family planning services.  The BadgerCare Family Planning Service saves the Wisconsin Department of Health $140 million every year, also received significant cuts proving that this ideological vendetta is not just against Planned Parenthood.

Texas  is poised to become the largest state to defund Planned Parenthood and to re-regulate health care in Texas in general with a number of new extreme conservative policies.  Texas is basically attempting to privatize medicare and block grants for Medicaid.  As one of the largest states in the country this will set a terrible precedent that will greatly and unfairly disadvantage millions of Texans.

Ohio became the seventh state to pass an abortion ban after 20 weeks with the passage of its “Heartbeat ” bill.  This of course will make it harder for women to obtain an abortion.  Fetus viability does not occur until the 24 week.

On the good news side, Planned Parenthood of Indiana received its temporary injunction  from a Federal Judge to stop Indiana’s defunding law.  This law removed state and federal funding from Planned Parenthood clinics and also barred Medicaid funds from being received as well.  Earlier this month The federal Department of Health and Human Services denied Indiana the right to amend its Medicaid policy and charged this law as unconstitutional.  No doubt Planned Parenthood organizations throughout the country hope this will help set a precedent to reverse defunding decisions in other states.

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