Ways politics affects abortion

Some make the argument that politics doesn’t affect abortion much. Some say that it doesn’t matter much which party is elected.

But the political parties today do influence abortion a lot.

Here are some ways that the political parties do make a big difference on the issue of abortion.

  1. Al Jazeera: “Which US states have recently passed abortion bans?” Note that all of the states that have abortion bans are Republican controlled.

2. BBC: “Mr Trump has certainly delivered on his promise to curtail federal funding for abortions.
The president last year barred federal family planning dollars from going to organisations that provide abortions or refer patients to abortion clinics. As a result, national reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood lost millions in federal funds.”

3. BBC: “He’s also reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prevents any US government global health funds from going to foreign groups that also provide or inform about abortions.”

4. BBC: “The Democratic candidate has also expressed support for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which blocks taxpayer money from being used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother. … Mr Biden earlier in the campaign said he favoured the measure, but after criticism from his colleagues on the left, he changed his mind.”

5. Politico: Headline: “Florida Republicans fast-track abortion restrictions”

“On the 47th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, a state Senate panel on Wednesday voted along party lines to approve a bill that would require a teenager seeking an abortion to obtain the notarized written consent of a parent or guardian, or a waiver from a judge. The measure would expose a doctor or nurse who fails to resuscitate a child born alive to third-degree felony charges and up to five years in jail.”

6. Vox (very liberal and doesn’t pretend): “The Supreme Court is already considering another threat to abortion rights”If the Trump administration gets its way in Food and Drug Administration v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Supreme Court could force many patients seeking abortions to undergo unnecessary surgeries, despite the fact that those patients could safely terminate their pregnancy with medication — and that’s assuming that these individuals are able to find a doctor to perform the surgery in the first place.”

7. Vox: “And though her view did not carry the day in that case, which upheld a ban on so-called “partial-birth” abortion, she was a crucial bulwark on the Court against any direct assault on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established abortion rights in America. With Ginsburg gone, Roe is more at risk than ever.” “If President Trump is able to appoint Ginsburg’s replacement, he will likely give conservatives on the Court the votes they need to overturn Roe, or at least to weaken it beyond recognition.”

8. Vox acknowledges that fewer abortions will happen in red (Republican) states: “The result will be an acceleration of what is already happening around the country: a two-tiered system of abortion, in which the procedure is accessible in blue states (and for people who can afford to travel) and out of reach everywhere else.”

9. Time: “On May 15, Alabama’s governor signed the most aggressively anti-abortion law in recent American history.”

10. “On May 15, Alabama’s governor signed the most aggressively anti-abortion law in recent American history. Over the past few months, several states, including Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia, have pursued “heartbeat” bills – legislation that would ban abortion as soon as a physician is able to detect a fetal heartbeat.”

11. “NPR: The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision upholding a California law requiring anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to more fully disclose what they are. The FACT Act requires … crisis pregnancy centers to post a sign or otherwise disclose to their clients in writing that the center is not a licensed medical facility and has no licensed medical provider who supervises the provision of services. The disclosure requirement extends to advertising, which anti-abortion pregnancy centers objected to as an attempt to “drown out” their message.”

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