The past few weeks have seen a number of state legislative initiatives aimed at restricting reproductive rights, along with renewed efforts on behalf of activists, medical professionals and some lawmakers to stem the tide of proposed anti-choice legislation.
Last week, the Huffington Post reported on the collaboration between advocates and doctors opposing a pending anti-choice bill in Pennsylvania. If successful, the new law will restrict abortions after the 20th week of gestation and will also ban an existing abortion procedure known as “dilation and evacuation”, which is currently accepted and used by doctors.
At the same time, news coming out of both Indiana and Texas point to the use of misleading information and the disregard of existing medical evidence in the drafting of reproductive rights’ restrictions in these states. Early last week, state legislators in Indiana approved a bill that made it mandatory for doctors to interrupt medication abortions in between the two steps of the procedure, in order discuss with patients the potential for a reversal of the abortion process. However, to date the validity of such a reversal has been explored by a single study that did not meet several of the basic standards of medical testing.
Meanwhile, in Texas, the National Partnership for Women and Families published a report outlining different pieces of anti-choice legislation in the state, all of which contradict medical best practices and are unsupported by scientific evidence, while pro-choice activists discussed these laws in front of the state legislature on Friday.