Since clinic staff received the news that the abortion privileges requirement had gone into effect late Thursday night, they have called about 100 patients to cancel their appointments. Sarah Wheat, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ spokeswoman, told Al Jazeera that patients had responded with either silence or panic. One woman had not received the message in time and was turned away in tears from the clinic this morning.
Staff are now rerouting women to one of three abortion clinics still operating in Austin, to Planned Parenthood’s surgical center in Dallas, to Houston or even out of state to New Mexico if they need an abortion past 16 weeks of pregnancy.
Al Jazeera: Texas abortion clinics turning patients away after new ruling
This example also highlights a degree of diversity within American conservativism that either got lost in the last 30 years or doesn’t get acknowledged in nowadays’ polarized discourse… or both?
A very interesting history lesson. Check out the video about abortion and Ronald Reagan.
Ohio lawmakers are currently trying to pass a state budget, but many of the debates over the legislation have nothing to do with the state’s financial policies whatsoever. Abortion opponents have hijacked the budget negotiations to launch several attacks on women’s health, tacking on provisions that would defund Planned Parenthood, shut down abortion clinics, and redirect state funding to right-wing “crisis pregnancy centers.” And the budget only continues to get worse for Ohio women.
On Tuesday, anti-abortion Republicans in the state added yet another budget provision related to reproductive health. The new amendment would require doctors to look for a fetal heartbeat before performing an abortion, presumably with an unnecessary ultrasound procedure, and then “notify the woman about the presence of the heartbeat.” Abortion doctors would also be required to tell women about the fetus’ likelihood of “surviving to full term.” […]