Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that will outlaw and criminalize all abortions in the event that the US Supreme Court overturns its 1973 decision in Roe v Wade. The bill only allows exceptions if the life of a woman is in jeopardy or if a woman has become pregnant resulting from a rape that was reported to law enforcement. There is no exception for incest. Any doctor who performs an abortion for any other reason will face up to 10 years in prison. funny cartoon pictures
The bill also requires that all physicians perform fetal ultrasound imaging and fetal heart tone services for any patient undergoing abortion. The doctor must then offer to show the image and play the audio of the heartbeat to the woman. funny pictures
Similar trigger laws and abortion bans have been considered in South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia, and South Dakota. Kentucky is considering a bill that would require physicians to inform the patient that at 20 weeks an "unborn child has the physical structures necessary to experience pain," despite evidence that shows this statement is untrue, according to Kaiser Women's Daily Health Policy Report.
Media Resources: Mississippi SB 2391; International Herald Tribune 3/22/07; Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report 3/23/07; Sun Herald 3/22/07
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .