November 28, 2014 2:00 pm -

With Republicans in the legislative seat, expect new anti-abortion laws to be forthcoming. It’s not just because of House and Senate victories, but Republicans in statehouses and state legislatures.


Arkansas, for instance, already has strict anti-abortion laws. But with a Republican governor succeeding a Democrat who had vetoed two measures that would have banned most abortions beyond a certain stage of pregnancy, lawmakers plan to seek more restrictions — such as barring doctors from administering abortion drugs through telemedicine. Republican gains in the West Virginia Legislature will redouble pressure on Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to accept a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks, which he has previously deemed unconstitutional. And Tennessee voters approved a ballot initiative that removes a 15-year barrier to legislation limiting abortion legislation in that deeply conservative state…

Women seeking abortions may face mandatory waiting periods or ultrasound requirements. Clinics may face stricter building codes or hospital admitting privilege rules they can’t satisfy. Dozens of clinics have shut down in multiple states. Texas, for instance, has fewer than 10 abortion clinics now. A year ago, it had 40.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

33 responses to Expect New Wave Of Anti-Abortion Laws

  1. Carla Akins November 28th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    It’s going to be ugly and they will pass more restrictive laws. People lives will be upended and ruined. The laws will have unintended (or not) effects: judges forcing women to have c-sections, preventing women from making birthing decisions, restrictions on birth control, in vitro and surrogacy options and basic subjugation of women.

    • R.J. Carter November 28th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      • Carla Akins November 28th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

        Exactly like that, but real.

    • tiredoftea November 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      In other words, business as usual in red states.

    • Dwendt44 November 28th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Increased welfare rolls, more children on WIC and SNAP programs, more demand for subsidized housing, etc..Things that Republicans love to cut the funds for.

  2. tiredoftea November 28th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Welcome to the return of the nineteenth century.

    • M D Reese November 28th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      We should be coming up on the Second Great Depression in a few years now…

      • tiredoftea November 28th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        Late 2015 now that the Repubs hold both houses of Congress.

        • M D Reese November 28th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          I’m thinking late 2017 if we get a Romney or a Bush for President.

    • mmaynard119 November 28th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Don’t get RJ all excited like that.

  3. Kick Frenzy November 28th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    While I’m Pro-Choice, I also don’t have any problem with (and even encourage) laws which severely restrict abortions after 20 weeks.
    When a baby can survive being born at 21 weeks, that tells me that it’s no longer just an unfeeling fetus and is a feeling baby.
    Which means, abortion after 20 weeks is murder.

    Now, there are certainly instances where it may be a tough choice and one that should be legally available.
    For instance, if it’s a life or death situation, the mother should get to decide what happens… along with advice from her doctor.

    But, abortions after 20 weeks should not be available for women who just feel like they aren’t ready yet.

    • Dwendt44 November 28th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Except the vast majority of fetuses don’t or can’t survive that early. Those that do are largely due to expensive high tech machines and dedicated staff. Few can afford that, and insurance would baulk. the 23-26 week restriction is bad enough.

      • Kick Frenzy November 28th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

        It’s not about the ability to survive outside of the womb, it’s simply proof that if you reach in to remove a fetus, after 20 weeks you’re actually cutting apart a living, feeling baby.

        I am not ready to give a no-rules green light to ripping apart a baby who can feel every pain visited upon it.

        (I know I sound like an anti-choice activist imploring pro-choicers as to why any abortion is horribad, but the distinction is that I’m talking about an unborn baby, they’re talking about everything from baby back to an egg.)

        • M D Reese November 28th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

          I really doubt that women have late term abortions on a whim. I believe that that is something for a woman to decide with the help of her medical team. These are babies who were wanted.

          • Kick Frenzy November 28th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

            I’m not saying it’s common, I’m just saying I don’t support unrestricted abortions after 20 weeks.
            To me, once the baby can feel pain, it’s just not right.

            From what I know, the whole process could be more humane… especially at 20+ weeks.

            All that being said, I am strongly on the pro-choice of the debate.

    • searambler November 28th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      So you’re pro choice, as long as people agree with YOUR choice. Got it.

      • Kick Frenzy November 29th, 2014 at 1:12 am

        No, I’m pro-choice when it’s an unfeeling, non-thinking fetus.
        When it can feel pain and process that as an emotion, it becomes a different issue than aborting a lifeless fetus.

        It does appear that late-term methods are preformed in a more thoughtful manner than when it’s early enough on not to matter.
        There’s a comfort in that.
        (Although apparently there are malpractice suits due to the failure of the humane part of the procedure.)

        (Sorry to be vague, but I’d rather be vague about this topic.)

        • searambler November 29th, 2014 at 10:05 am

          Then you’re not pro choice. Sorry to burst your bubble, but pro-choice means the decision to have an abortion is strictly up to a woman, her doctor, and her conscience. Period. No caveats. No ‘unless it’s after x number of weeks.’ A woman’s CHOICE is the determining factor. The vast majority of later term abortions are done because of medical reasons relating to either the health of the mother or the viability of the fetus. Look it up. A miniscule women decide six or seven months along, ‘Gee, I guess I’ll have an abortion’ without some mitigating medical condition that occurred during the pregnancy. Find me some examples of women who, after six or seven months of being pregnant, simply decided to end the pregnancy without any underlying medical reason. Find their stories. Does it happen? Maybe. But it’s still THEIR choice. There’s that word again. Choice…

          • fahvel November 29th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

            it’s a wonderful word: choice – and to have freedom of choice is a wonderful place to be in.

          • annaaurora November 29th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

            That’s not true. We’re talking reality. I’ve often thought this given the choices now in this political atmosphere. I don’t think we ever meant to have your average abortion, meaning that it is not a pregnancy that has complications to be preformed without limits. There is a window of opportunity. If you feel I’m wrong that’s OK to. I just know we’re in danger land. We need this choice, I’m done getting bullied by men and stupid women.

          • Kick Frenzy November 29th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

            I have no doubt that it’s a rare occurrence.
            Well, we’re going to have to agree to disagree on the limits of personal choice and whether it should be taken into account that there’s a living, feeling being at the other end of that decision.

            As I said before, I realize there are situations which could bring the possibility into play.
            I would prefer that a doctor could legally address the situation instead of going back to “back alley abortions”.

        • annaaurora November 29th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

          I’m OK with your choice if it meant that all abortion clinics re-opened, and there were no more BS games. Hey when I had one the law was 12 wks and that was in ’83 NE. Also, when it comes to rape or incest then I think, I don’t know it’s the mother and her choice.

          • Kick Frenzy November 29th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

            I’m all for every planned parenthood clinic, and doctors office that performed abortions, to either re-open or remain open.
            I think it’s horrible that all of these places are being forced to shut down.
            It’s only hurting people.

  4. Suzanne McFly November 28th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Well maybe now the women in these states will realize their votes would have counted and they should of exercised that right.

  5. M D Reese November 28th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I hope that the new GOPTP Congress goes for the gold ring. Apparently we haven’t hit bottom yet.

    • StoneyCurtisll November 28th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      The Gold Ring?…
      My precious..

      • M D Reese November 28th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        I was thinking of this one actually, but Precious works as well. (Great classic Big Bang episode)

      • StoneyCurtisll November 28th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

        See what I get for reading Tolkien as a youth…
        the memories never go away……

    • StoneyCurtisll November 28th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      They have “The Gold Ring” alright…
      Both branches of the lowest rated American institution, (congress)..
      Let em wallow in their 13-14% approval ratings..

      • M D Reese November 28th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        Don’t forget the Supreme court…
        It’s going to be interesting. I just hope that it ends up being more comedy than tragedy.

        • annaaurora November 29th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

          We’ve passed tragedy which has brought us to our knees with hysterical laughter which we presume is comedy.

  6. mmaynard119 November 28th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    This is all part of the ALEC agenda. What’s scary is how far entrenched at the state and local governments, ALEC politicians are.

  7. StoneyCurtisll November 28th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I thought I had the most logical solution to “the abortion debate” years ago..
    The United States Supreme Court agreed with me..

    If you dont like abortion, dont get one…
    otherwise, stay the F-out of other peoples business…