There – is that better than saying war on women? OK then.
Here’s the thing. No matter what you call it, this is not something that the magical liberal media or the White House or the Democrats in general have ginned up as a mystical meme to hang around the necks of the GOP.
Nope – you know who created this?
Republican legislators did.
Republican written/proposed legislation did.
The media has merely reported on the bills passed. And frankly, they have only reported on a small fraction of them.
In the first three months of 2012, legislators in 45 of the 46 legislatures that have convened this year introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Half of these provisions would restrict abortion access. So far, 75 abortion restrictions have been approved by at least one legislative chamber, and nine have been enacted. This is below the record-breaking pace of 2011, when 127 abortion restrictions had been approved by at least one body in the first quarter of the year, but still higher than usual for an election year. In 2010, for example, only 46 such restrictions had passed at least one house during the first quarter, while in 2008, only 34 had passed one chamber by that point.
This year legislators are particularly focused on measures that require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound; that limit access to medication abortion; and that prohibit abortion at a specific point in gestation. Legislators in several states—mirroring the debate at the national level—are also considering measures allowing employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptive methods. (See here for a detailed rundown of all proposed and enacted legislation).
So far this year, legislators in 11 states (AK, AL, ID, IA, KY, MI, MN, MS, PA, RI and VA) have introduced provisions that would require a woman to undergo an ultrasound prior to obtaining an abortion.
Meanwhile, in February, a U.S. District Court upheld Texas’ 2011 ultrasound law, clearing the way for it to go into effect immediately. In March, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed a similar measure. Both laws stipulate that certain fetal characteristics must be visible in the ultrasound image to determine gestational age. Although the final versions that were signed into law—unlike an earlier, widely publicized version in Virginia—do not explicitly require providers to perform a transvaginal ultrasound, doing so is likely the only way to achieve the necessary level of clarity, at least for abortions performed in the first trimester. Both laws also require a woman who lives within 100 miles of the abortion facility to obtain an ultrasound at least 24 hours before the abortion, thus necessitating two trips to the facility.
Once the Virginia restriction goes into effect in July, eight states will require a woman to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion (see Requirements for Ultrasound).
See? Not made up. Not contrived. Not a media or liberal spin machine story line.
REAL legislation with REAL impacted on EVERY woman’s freedom and access to medical care. Mandated by the government. Proposed and supported by the GOP.
At the national level the current session of a GOP led Congress has voted to completely defund Planned Parenthood and Title X programs and while Obama would never sign any such laws, the 2012 GOP candidates ALL pledged to sign them. They are RUNNING on removing access to basic healthcare from poor and lower income women. They are RUNNING on denying them insurance coverage that would pay for basic reproductive health services.
IOW – the GOP is RUNNING on and currently LEGISLATING on Reducing Women’s Freedom.
Those are FACTS.
Dear media – please report them. Thanks.