At abortion clinics, new laws sow confusion, uncertainty

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2019

Abortion rights activists took part in Stop the Ban rallies throughout the Southland Tuesday in solidarity with hundreds of similar protests across the nation, including on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Whether it breaks into a sprint toward the Supreme Court is worrying reproductive rights activists amid a renewed push to reverse the long-standing precedent that legalized abortions.

It would outlaw nearly all abortions, including in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

"We are not going to allow them to move our country backwards", she said.

While abortion is accessible in New Zealand, under our current legislation women seeking abortions require two doctors' approval as stated by a narrow set of rules in the Crimes Act; if the pregnancy plays a serious danger to the mental, or physical health of the woman.

Mr Trump, a Republican who opposes abortion, has seized on the issue as one likely to fire up his core supporters, although he considers the Alabama ban too restrictive because it does not make exceptions for incest and rape.

She, too, is anxious that the current justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will choose to overturn Roe v. Wade if it comes to that point.

It is unclear if or when the Alabama law will take effect. Other states are considering similarly restrictive laws.

The General Assembly and Pritzker have the opportunity to say that loud and clear in the waning days of this legislative session, which ends May 31.

They urged the nine justices inside to protect the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which enshrined the right to abortion up to the point that the fetus is viable outside the womb, about 24 weeks.

Ultra-conservatives hope to force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit legal abortion through one of those cases.

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"I believe living according to my faith means supporting those who are vulnerable and making sure that it's easier, not harder, especially for somebody who has perhaps been the victim of a crime or perhaps just somebody who does not have access to health resources to get through their lives", Buttigieg said.

The "National Day of Action to Stop the Bans" came in response to a near-total ban on abortion recently signed into law in Alabama, as well as bills enacted or nearing passage in Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and Louisiana aimed at banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

A representative from the organization Right to Life says they're paying attention to what's happening across the country and showing their support for life on their social media page.

Right now, abortion is legal everywhere.

Andrea Young is Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, which recently passed a law restricting access to abortion.

Democratic members of Congress also showed support for abortion rights.

"None of us could have imagined then that this law of the land would be in question over 40 years later", Rosenblum said.

For her part, Georgetown University's constitutional law scholar Susan Low Bloch doubts Roe will be overturned, at least in the short term.

The lawsuit in the Manhattan Federal Court asked the judge to declare the rule unconstitutional and said it was passed in an arbitrary and capricious manner. Provides that the penalty for performing a dismemberment abortion is a Level 5 felony. She said she had one at age 16, and another at age 27.

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