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
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
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UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .