While the United States Supreme Court is expected to end federal guarantees for access to abortion in the coming months, state legislators are proposing far stricter laws governing reproductive health.
The proposals ranged from making abortion a crime, to making abortion nominally legal, though practically impossible. Several states are exploring measures that would make it illegal for citizens to travel to a state for a legal abortion procedure.
In addition to introducing stricter laws, several state legislators are also discussing ways to expand the social safety net to offer pregnant women more financial and social support, well into the time of delivery, even if they do not expect the pregnancy.
“States aren’t waiting for the Supreme Court to ban abortion; they’re not waiting for the final verdict on Roe,” Ianthe Metzger, director of state advocacy communications for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told VOA.
“They’re doing it now. And the Supreme Court has proven that they’re not going to step in to stop all this. … It’s already happened.”
Legislators who are anti-abortion insist on fighting for their views to the daily Texas Tribune. Texas state legislator Briscoe Cain said, “My view and that of my colleagues is consistent with my policy conviction is that we will continue to do our best to make abortion not only outlawed but also unthinkable”. [my/em]
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