Republicans Fan the Flames of Big Government Regulations

By now you have probably heard that Texas health officials are moving to require that fetal remains be buried or cremated. Texas is following the lead of Indiana, which imposed a similar requirement last year.According to the Washington Post: Abortion providers generally use third-party special waste services to dispose of fetal remains. Previous rules [in Texas] allowed fetal remains, along with other medical tissue, to be ground up and discharged into a sewer system, incinerated, or handl … [Read more...]


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Answering Objections to Abortion Ban Obligations

I wrote, yesterday, about an Indiana lawmaker who plans to propose a full abortion ban in the next legislative session. I noted that if lawmakers are going to ban abortion they should also cover women's medical expenses, require paid maternity leave, subsidize childcare costs, and make higher education and job training programs more affordable. After all, I argued, if they're going to require women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, that's only fair.Of course, abortion opponents have obje … [Read more...]


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What Obligations Accompany an Abortion Ban?

A state lawmaker in Indiana has plans to propose a total ban on abortion. State Rep. Curt Nisly said Wednesday he will file so-called "Protection at Conception" legislation when the General Assembly convenes in January.Under his proposal, all abortions would be a crime and prosecutors could file charges against those who participate in the procedure. I assume Nisly's goal is to work through the courts and eventually force a Supreme Court rehearing of Roe v. Wade. The odds that this attempt … [Read more...]


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Anti-Choice Ohio Law Made Abortion Less Safe

For years now, the anti-abortion movement has been passing restrictions on abortion in the name of protecting women. Last week we have yet more evidence that this is a feint. But first, we need some background. This past March, the FDA revised its guidelines for using mifepristone, the medical abortion pill. The Los Angeles Times editorial board explained as follows: The Food and Drug Administration was absolutely right to re-label mifepristone, a drug used to induce abortions, to reflect a regi … [Read more...]


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The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Fetal Imaginings

By word of apology to my regular readers: I got sick, and then I started working on a post about the Catholic Church's opposition to statute of limitation reform, and that piece got longer and longer and more and more avenues opened up, and I still have more research to do for it, so I'm turning it into a series for next week. For today, I'm dusting off a post I saved in drafts some time ago and forgot about. Nearly 66% of abortions happen in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. Another 26% ha … [Read more...]


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For Women’s Health and Innocent Lives: Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Response to Whole Women’s Health v. Texas

Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down H.B. 2, a Texas law that restricted abortion access by requiring abortion facilities to adhere to unreasonable rules and regulations---rules and regulations that would have forced most abortion facilities in the state to close their doors. This is all matter that has been discussed before---abortions are incredibly safe procedures, safer than colonoscopies for instance, and there's no need for them to be performed only in ambulatory surgical … [Read more...]


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What Everyone Is Missing about the Indiana Abortion Law

Several weeks ago the Indiana legislature passed HB 1337, a law requiring abortion clinics to ensure that miscarried or aborted fetuses be cremated or buried. Here's a summary from Vox: 1) It makes an unprecedented requirement to bury or cremate all fetal remains, even from an early miscarriageIt's hard to predict the precise effect this provision will have, but it could be really bad for abortion providers and women who have abortions or miscarriages.The law says that "a miscarried or a … [Read more...]


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