If it seems that the pro-life movement is losing, think again.
We are winning! — albeit by little increments.
As reported by a glum Sarah Kliff for Washington Post‘s Wonkblog, on Monday, July 9, 2013, the pro-
abortion death Guttmacher Institute that keeps track of the 50 states’ abortion regulations, found that thus far in 2013 some 17 states have passed 43 abortion restrictions! Those 17 states are colored red below:
- Alabama: Amends or establishes abortion clinic regulations; requires abortion provider to have hospital privileges.
- Alaska: Attempts to limit Medicaid funding to life, rape and incest.
- Arkansas: Bans abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization; abortion coverage limited in the health exchange; prohibits assisting with minor with abortion without parental consent; amends abortion reporting requirements.
- Indiana: Amends or establishes abortion clinic regulations; requires an ultrasound before abortion; prohibits the use of telemedicine; limits medication abortion to physicians.
- Iowa: Requires governor approval before Medicaid pays for abortion.
- Kansas: Bans abortion for gender selection; abortion counseling states that the fetus is a person, and includes (“inaccurate” according to Guttmarcher Institute) information on abortion and increased breast cancer risk; prohibits lawsuit if failure to provide information led woman to continue pregnancy; excludes abortion providers from tax credits; excludes abortion providers from healthcare tax credits, except to save woman’s life; prohibits a state agency or employee from participating in abortion, except to save the woman’s life; prohibits abortion in state-run or state-rented facility, except to save the woman’s life; State intends to ban abortion if Roe overturned; funding for alternatives to abortion.
- Louisiana: Prohibits the use of telemedicine; limits medication abortion to physicians; prohibits coercing minor into abortion.
- Maryland: Continues restriction on State Medicaid funding of abortion.
- Michigan: Funding for alternative to abortion.
- Mississippi: Prohibits the use of telemedicine; amends abortion reporting requirements.
- Montana: Prohibits lawsuit if failure to provide information led woman to continue pregnancy; requires parental consent.
- North Dakota: Bans abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization; abortion for gender selection and for fetal impairment; requires abortion provider to have hospital privileges; amends abortion reporting requirements.
- Ohio: Prohibits public hospital from entering in transfer agreement with abortion provider; requires abortion provider to test for fetal heartbeat; funding for alternatives to abortion.
- Oklahoma: Amends judicial bypass process for minors; parents must provide proof of parenthood; amends abortion reporting requirements.
- Pennsylvania: Abortion coverage limited in the health exchange; funding for alternatives to abortion.
- South Carolina: Continues restrictions on State employee plans.
- South Dakota: Prohibits weekends or holidays in the 72-hour waiting period.
- Texas: Funding for alternatives to abortion.
- Virginia: Amends or establishes abortion clinic regulations; abortion coverage limited in the health exchange.
As you can see in the graphic below helpfully provided by the pro-murder Guttmacher Institute, the high point for abortion restrictions was in 2011. While 2012 was a fall from that high point, although we are only midway in the year 2013, the number of abortion restrictions enacted thus far this year already has surpassed 2012’s.
Of the abortions restrictions enacted this year, the most common were those that tried to regulate abortion clinics in a specific way, such as requiring them to become certified as surgical centers. Five states have passed laws like this so far this year, including North Dakota and Alabama.
Four states passed laws that prohibited the use of telemedicine in abortion procedures. Two states, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, have taken steps to restrict abortion coverage in the health plans sold on the new health law marketplaces.
UPDATE (July 13, 2013):
Add Texas to the list! Yesterday, July 12, after a day of vile threats from pro-aborts and pro-lifers hiding in secure areas of the capitol fearing for their safety, the Texas State Senate approved the bill to ban late-term abortions (after 20 weeks). The bill also holds abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards, and requires an abortion “doctor” to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.