abortion rights – Abortion Clinics Online https://abortionclinics.com The World's First and Largest Online Directory for Abortion Clinic Websites Since 1995 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:37:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Choice Without Abortion Access: How Abortion Can Become Impossible While Still Remaining Legal https://abortionclinics.com/choice-without-abortion-access-abortion-can-become-impossible-still-remaining-legal/ https://abortionclinics.com/choice-without-abortion-access-abortion-can-become-impossible-still-remaining-legal/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:03:41 +0000 https://abortionclinics.com/?p=1416 Choice advocates interested in abortion access for all woman now often talk about reproductive justice as opposed to reproductive choice. The reproductive justice movement, which originated with feminist organizations such as SisterSong led by women of color, focuses on access issues, not just legal rights. Reproductive justice advocates argue that abortion can’t just be legal; […]

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Abortion access is just as important as keeping abortion legal. Protecting Roe vs. Wade has become the primary goal of pro-choice activists. But an increasingly anti-woman culture and draconian anti-abortion laws make it clear that keeping abortion technically legal is inadequate.

Choice advocates interested in abortion access for all woman now often talk about reproductive justice as opposed to reproductive choice. The reproductive justice movement, which originated with feminist organizations such as SisterSong led by women of color, focuses on access issues, not just legal rights. Reproductive justice advocates argue that abortion can’t just be legal; it must also be available to the women who need it most.

Here are five ways abortion rights are constrained even when abortion is fully legal.

Poor Prenatal Medical Care as an Abortion Access Barrier

Most pregnant women don’t see their doctors until near the end of their first trimester. That leaves women with unwanted or uncertain pregnancies to scramble at the end of the first trimester, when abortion is safest and fully legal.

A number of states have enacted legislation allowing doctors to lie to women about the risks of abortion. Coupled with the anxiety that often accompanies an unwanted pregnancy, this information can cause women to delay abortions until it’s too late. And now, Texas wants to help doctors lie to women about the health of their developing babies. New legislation, if it becomes law, would allow doctors to force women to carry babies with serious birth defects by allowing those doctors to withhold vital information from their patients.

Inadequate Leave Time

Nearly a quarter of workers have no paid time off. It’s often the lowest paid jobs that offer no paid time off. That means women in these positions may do anything to avoid taking time off work—even if it means endangering their health early in pregnancy. An abortion typically requires at least a day off of work, and sometimes more if a state requires an ultrasound or mandatory waiting period. This means that for women, something as simple as being unable to take a day off of work can put safe, legal abortions out of reach.

Lack of Access to Abortion Information

The far right has done an excellent job scaring women about abortion. They’ve taught women that abortion causes breast cancer, is often fatal, and can undermine fertility. With little information available that combats this harmful disinformation, many women delay having abortions. Others resign themselves to having children for whom they cannot care.

This phenomenon isn’t just limited to women who get incorrect abortion information, though. Women seeking care for uncertain or unwanted pregnancies may seek, but not receive, information about abortion. Some crisis pregnancy centers even advertise abortion services they don’t offer. These delays can take a woman outside of the legal time frame for an abortion.

Accessing Abortion Services

Legal abortion is a prerequisite to abortion. It’s not enough. Many women who seek abortions find barriers that make abortion inaccessible. Those may include:

  • Not being able to find a safe clinic.

  • Having to drive long distances to obtain an abortion.

  • Being required to go to the hospital to get a abortion.

  • Parental notification laws that violate an abortion-seeker’s privacy or that put her in danger.

  • Privacy concerns when a clinic is in a highly visible part of town.

Financial Barriers as a Barrier to Abortion Access

Publicly funded health plans cannot cover abortion services, and most women pay for their abortions out of pocket—even when the procedure is medically necessary. Many women, particularly the poorest, cannot come up with the funds for an abortion. Some spend their entire first trimester saving, only to learn that a second trimester abortion takes longer, costs more, and carries more risks.

If you want to keep abortion accessible to all women, not just those with means, consider volunteering with an organization that partners with women to help them access safe and legal abortions.

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Four State-Level Abortion Restrictions That Could Go to the Supreme Court https://abortionclinics.com/four-state-level-abortion-restrictions-go-supreme-court/ https://abortionclinics.com/four-state-level-abortion-restrictions-go-supreme-court/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:08:21 +0000 https://abortionclinics.com/?p=1351 President Trump is a direct threat to abortion rights, particularly if he gets more than one Supreme Court nominee. An end to Roe vs. Wade would send abortion back to the states. Women’s access to abortions would then depend on geography. So will abortion make it to the Supreme Court? And will the wrong case […]

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Supreme Court abortion accessPresident Trump is a direct threat to abortion rights, particularly if he gets more than one Supreme Court nominee. An end to Roe vs. Wade would send abortion back to the states. Women’s access to abortions would then depend on geography. So will abortion make it to the Supreme Court? And will the wrong case end abortion as a Constitutional right?

For that to happen, only two things must occur:

  1. A lawsuit about an abortion regulations under Roe must wind its way to the Supreme Court
  2. A majority of the Court must vote against abortion rights. This probably wouldn’t happen unless Trump nominated a second Supreme Court justice.

A number of state level abortion restrictions may soon give rise to lawsuits. In 2016 alone, 19 states enacted 60 new abortion restrictions. Here are some of the most disturbing.

Suing to Stop Abortion

A new law in Arkansas permits husbands to sue their wives to stop abortion. With no exception for rape, the law fundamentally undermines the right to privacy that underpins Roe vs. Wade.

Second Trimester Abortion Bans

Roe vs. Wade preserves the right to abortion up to the point of viability. Lawmakers in numerous states want to prohibit the procedure well before viability. Ohio recently enacted legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks. A number of states have recently banned dilation and evacuation (D&E), the safest and most popular second trimester abortion option. The Pennsylvania Senate just passed legislation banning the procedure. If the measure meets the approval of the House and governor, it could become law.

Personhood Amendments

So-called personhood amendments define fetuses—and occasionally even fertilized eggs—as human beings. This enshrines for them the same rights that living, breathing women posses. And in the case of a woman seeking an abortion, a fertilized egg has the right to remain in the woman’s body, no matter how she feels about it, and no matter how it got there.

Personhood amendments almost never contain exceptions for rape or the life of the mother. In Wisconsin, anti-choice activists argued that the life of the mother is a “loophole” used to unfairly seek abortions.

A related group of laws, fetal heartbeat laws, prohibit abortion as soon as a fetus has a heartbeat—usually around six weeks’ gestation. One such law passed the Ohio legislature last year, but Governor John Kasich vetoed it.

Burying Fetal Remains

In their quest to penalize women, a number of states now require them to bury all fetal remains, including those from miscarriages. These laws are largely nonsensical, since abortion rarely produces a “body,” and miscarriages are often indistinguishable from menstrual periods.

Indiana’s fetal burial law sparked a national backlash in the form of “Periods for Pence.” Now Texas has a similar rule. Women’s groups already plan to sue—a decision that could launch the law on a journey toward the Supreme Court.

What Happens Now?

These laws present choice advocates with an impossible conundrum. They can let the law stand, thereby depriving women of abortion rights but preventing the case from going to the Supreme Court. Or they can fight back, risking nationwide abortion rights in the process.

 

 

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