So here we were, waiting for takeout, thinking we could make it through a whole news cycle without someone trying to restrict abortion.
We thought wrong because, you know, legislators nationwide are apparently trying to break 2011’s second-place record — for the number of new laws restricting reproductive rights.
So what happened?
A measure in the U.S. House of Representatives would keep women in immigration facilities from getting abortions under most circumstances, according to The Hill. This rider, added to a just-approved security spending bill, is similar to the rules governing abortions in non-immigration detention centers, and makes exceptions for rape, incest, and life-threatening pregnancies. To be enacted, it would need Senate approval which probably won’t happen.
Today also brings news from Michigan, where a new bill seeks to criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks — even in cases of rape, according to Jezebel.
Language in the measure could also prompt the closure of many reproductive health centers, since it calls for the construction of elaborate, expensive “surgery rooms.”
If you’ve been keeping an eye on this legislative stuff — which you probably have been if you’ve got ladyparts — you’ll know that these moves reflect a trend: reproductive rights restrictions are gaining momentum across the country.
If you’re in the mood to learn even more about some of the loonier proposed legislations, check out this handy list.
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