Why abortion access isn’t a national right, That Bullshit Law series | Reveal


What should be a nationwide law of the
land, access to abortion, actually depends largely on your ZIP code. When we talk about abortion, we tend to think of Roe versus Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that gave women the right to choose. But to understand the current abortion laws in the United States, we need to look at Planned Parenthood versus Casey. This
1992 Supreme Court ruling said states could create restrictions on abortion as
long as they didn’t place an undue burden or a substantial obstacle for
women trying to get an abortion. This ruling opened the door for states to
pass laws often called targeted regulation of abortion providers, or TRAP laws. Supporters say these laws protect women. Gov. Phil Bryant: And by requiring that abortionists obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, we are
protecting women’s health. But critics say these laws are overly aggressive and medically unnecessary and that their real aim is to shut down abortion
providers. The new regulations led to mandates on the width of hallways, the
size of janitors closets and other requirements that cost abortion clinics
millions of dollars in renovations. This eventually forced two-thirds of the
clinics in Texas to shut down. Since 2010, new state laws have have forced about 70 abortion clinics across the country to close. Medical experts, like the American Medical Association, say not only do TRAP laws not improve safety, but they block access to safe medical care by making it
hard to access safe abortions. And in recent years, TRAP laws have gotten even more severe. Before he became vice president, Mike Pence signed a bill that would have required all fetal tissue to be cremated or buried, basically forcing women to pay for funeral services for a fetus, whether from an abortion or a
miscarriage. The bill was signed in March of 2016, but a federal judge blocked it
from going into effect, saying it violated a woman’s right to choose. At the start of 2017, almost 50 new anti-abortion bills were introduced or
were pending in states across the country, and even more have been added
since. Legislation like Missouri’s HB 112 and SB 1129 would allow a court to declare custody over an embryo. Mississippi’s HB 292 would made public
schools prohibit any effort to counsel that abortion could be used to prevent
the birth of a baby. New Jersey’s AB 3769 would require abortion providers to issue a fetal death certificate after an
abortion. So while a woman’s right to choose is guaranteed by federal law, access to this right depends on where you live.

5 Replies to “Why abortion access isn’t a national right, That Bullshit Law series | Reveal”

  1. Women do have a right to choose. So do men. Don't choose to make a baby if you don't want one. Abortion is bullshit. If a fetus has a heartbeat. It's alive and can feel

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