Tuesday, August 6, 2013

War of the Century: GOP Move to Ban Roe v. Wade

GOP Claims to Love all Life, but Apparently Not a Pregnant Woman's Choices 

Here is my long-held stance on this subject: Leave the decision to the woman, her family, and her Ob-Gyn team of doctors. That's why it's referred to as "choice."  It must not be left to emotional opponents and certainly not be in the hands of a bunch of old gray-headed men who think they know it all and just happen to be out of touch somewhere back in the Dark Ages or worse. 

This Update (August 6, 2013), in part comes from ban Roe v. Wade: GOP/Rightwing tactic against women. 

It has been four decades since Roe v. Wade was handed down, and that’s how long the anti-abortion movement has been coming up with strategies to reverse it. They have been unsuccessful so far. But they’re getting increasingly creative. "Fetal pain," based on shaky medical evidence that the fetus can experience pain after 20 weeks, has become the best-known rationale for banning abortion at that threshold. There are others. Mindful of accusations that they don’t care about women, anti-abortion activists have looked for grounds on which to “protect” them.

One of the arguments made in support of Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban by Americans United for Life and anti-abortion doctors, for example, is that women need to be prevented from having later abortions for their own good, because “researchers have also found that women who undergo abortions at 13 weeks or beyond report ‘more disturbing dreams, more frequent reliving of the abortion, and more trouble falling asleep.” (They also point out that such abortions are medically riskier, but that’s in comparison to earlier abortions. If they’re truly concerned about safety, the more relevant statistic is that childbirth is riskier still, 14 times so.)

The Supreme Court has yet to include bad dreams in its abortion jurisprudence–or, for that matter, fetal pain. But the abortion bans rippling across state legislatures are meant to offer as many routes as possible for the Justices to change their minds – or really, just one Justice, Anthony Kennedy.

Related to this movement -this storyThe growing movement to roll back reproductive rights across the country was interrupted on Monday, when a federal judge in North Dakota issued a temporary block on the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, known as the “fetal heartbeat” ban. The law, adopted in March by the state’s GOP-controlled Legislature, prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detectable–which can happen as early as the six-week mark, before some women even know they’re pregnant. It also requires the state’s sole abortion clinic to give women the opportunity to view an ultrasound 24 hours prior to the procedure. According to a press release from the Center for Reproductive Rights, the law does not make clear whether or not the clinic is also required to offer women the opportunity to listen to the fetal heartbeat.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the law was “clearly invalid and unconstitutional based on the United States Supreme Court precedent in Roe V. Wade.”
That brings us back in focus with the GOP  "movement" to totally ban Roe cited in the intro above. 
Come back later - more about this will be posted, I am sure.

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