The State of Abortion: How New Laws Could Affect Access
New laws taking aim at Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established federal protection for legal abortion, have passed in nine states. Some would limit abortions to as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, or when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Alabamaâ€™s legislation would effectively prohibit the procedure, except in health emergencies.
As many as 56,902 abortions would have been prevented if these laws were implemented in 2015, based on the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the abortion rate has been steadily declining in recent years, around 90% of abortions in the U.S. occur in the first 13 weeks of gestation, according to CDC figures.
Several states, including Illinois, Vermont and New York, have passed laws bolstering protections for abortion access....
Frank, I don't see anything that you said countered what I have said about the life of the mother? You certainly had a good point at the very end of your comment âť—
Emily Matchar wrote: .... So why are Europe's abortion laws not as libertine and laissez-faire as our stereotypes about those countries might suggest?
Here's one way of looking at the difference between abortion laws in Europe and those in the U.S.: in America, abortion laws are about morality, while in Europe, they reflect national ideas of what constitutes the common good....
excerpt from, "In Liberal Europe, Abortion Laws Come With Their Own Restrictions"
I will say that the Wall Street journal article is way too optimistic about the number of abortions that it thinks tough abortion laws will stop, since many women go get an abortion if they think they need it if it breaks the law or not. but no doubt they will stop some abortions.
â€śNew laws taking aim at Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established federal protection for legal abortion, have passed in nine states. Some would limit abortions to as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, or when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Alabamaâ€™s legislation would effectively prohibit the procedure, except in health emergencies.â€ť
Well, 6 weeks is better than 36 weeks! There are no health emergencies that would necessitate targeting the unborn. The below refutes Jimâ€™s concept of the life of the mother.
"When the life of the mother is truly threatened by her pregnancy, if both lives cannot simultaneously be saved, then saving the motherâ€™s life must be the primary aim. If through our careful treatment of the motherâ€™s illness the pre-born patient inadvertently dies or is injured, this is tragic and, if unintentional, is not unethical and is consistent with the pro-life ethic. But the intentional killing of an unborn baby by abortion is never necessary."
And, nothing can ever undo Roe V. Wade. It is considered precedent and is for all practical purposes permanent law. All we can do is regulate this murdering.
Kaiser Health News wrote: Most of the new laws â€” known as early abortion bans â€” explicitly outlaw abortion when performed after a certain point early in the pregnancy. The laws vary, with some forbidding abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, and some after eight weeks. Alabamaâ€™s law is the most extreme: It aims to outlaw abortion at any point, except if the womanâ€™s health is at serious risk. So far in 2019, nine U.S. states have passed laws of this type, and more states are considering similar legislation.
None of the laws passed this year are actually in effect, either because they have a future enactment date or because judges have put them on hold in response to lawsuits, or both....
excerpt from, "Early Abortion Bans: Which States Have Passed Them?"