A whole bunch of anti-choice laws went into effect yesterday
A whole bunch of anti-choice laws took effect yesterday in states that passed restrictions on reproductive rights. In Tennessee, women are required to undergo a 48-hour waiting period before receiving an abortion and abortion clinics that perform more than 50 abortions per year will need to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers (mini-hospitals, essentially.) This costly transition will cause several clinics to shut down.
In Indiana, where abortion is already highly regulated (and 93% of counties have no abortion clinics), Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed new bills that will regulate abortion clinics even more. The most radical anti-choice measure was signed into law in Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill to criminalize a medical procedue used after a miscarriage and during second-trimester abortions. However, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against the law and last week a state judge blocked the law.
To see even more legal limitations to reproductive rights that went into effect yesterday, go here.
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