It's Already Happening: Lawmakers Are Trying To Erode Access To Abortions
“You would treat the death of an unborn child like you would any other human being."
In what Jezebel is calling a "preview of what's to come," lawmakers in Indiana and Pennsylvania are dedicatedly working towards limiting or completely obliterating access to abortions in their respective states. As America faces an impending Donald Trump presidency, could these new restrictions become more commonplace accross the country?
In Pennsylvania, the senate is attempting to push House Bill 1948, a new law that would make abortions illegal after 20 weeks. The state is also trying to rename second-trimester abortions “dismemberment abortion," which is actually insane. The bill was not voted on in the most recent session but has been tabled for the next meeting.
Indiana's potential abortion laws are somehow even more terrifying. Introduced by State Representative Curt Nisly, the “Protection at Conception” legislation is looking to make all abortions in the state illegal and punishable. “You would treat the death of an unborn child like you would any other human being,” Nisly told the Indianapolis Star.
"My position is that the Supreme Court is wrong with Roe v. Wade,” Nisly said elsewhere, “and they don’t have jurisdiction in this manner. This is the state of Indiana asserting the powers that are given to them, specifically in the 9th and 10th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”
Jezebel also notes that "Indiana already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country thanks, in part, to former governor Mike Pence. The state currently has the fourth highest rate of maternal death in the United States and its infant mortality rate is more than two points higher than the national average."
But why are these bills being introduced now? It's hard not to think that the profileration of anti-choice rhetoric and the election of Trump has emboldened the most extreme factions on the right, making their wildest anti-women fantasies seem closer to a possible reality. While Indiana's proposed law is quite obviously currently unconstitutional, it might not be for much longer when Trump gets his choice of up to four Supreme Court Justices during his reign.
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