Abortion Related Bills - in your state?

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Abortion Related Bills - in your state?
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Mon, 04-26-2010 - 7:24am

Several states are working on abortion related bills. Do you this your state should be involved in something like this?


States Advance Abortion-Related Bills


Several states recently took action on measures related to abortion and other reproductive health issues.



~ Louisiana: The state House voted 76-13 Thursday in favor of a bill (HB 1247) that would ban private insurance coverage for elective abortions, including in cases of rape or incest, the AP/Daily Comet reports.


~ Michigan: The Michigan Senate approved multiple bills Wednesday that would prohibit the sale or purchase of human eggs and require state research facilities, including universities, to file annual reports with information such as the number of human embryos they possess, the Detroit News reports.


~ Missouri: The Missouri Senate voted 26-5 Thursday in favor of a bill (SB 793) that would require state abortion clinics to provide women with specific information about fetal development and offer them a chance to view an ultrasound and listen to the fetal heartbeat 24 hours before the procedure, the AP/KOAM reports.


For more of the article, click here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/186568.php


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Registered: 06-17-2007
Tue, 04-27-2010 - 2:47pm
All these are nothing compared to the laws where I'm moving. I'm planning to move to Utah in early June, and there abortion is illegal except in the case of rape, incest, or two doctors decide continuing the pregnancy will cause significant harm to the woman. In the cases of rape or incest, doctors who perform abortions based on those reasons are required to alert the authorities.




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Registered: 10-28-2005
Wed, 04-28-2010 - 12:20pm

Do you think there are more claims to rape and incest than what might really happen? I always worry about those pregnancies that are gotten rid of outside of the laws in place.


Do you think these laws from Oklahoma are too strict?


Strict Abortion Measures Enacted in Oklahoma


By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.

HOUSTON — The Oklahoma Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s vetoes of two abortion measures, one of which requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion.


Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.


A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb.


Opponents argue that the law will protect doctors who purposely mislead a woman to keep her from choosing an abortion. But the bill’s sponsors maintain that it merely prevents lawsuits by people who wish, in hindsight, that the doctor had counseled them to abort a disabled child.


Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, vetoed both bills last week. The ultrasound law, he said, was flawed because it did not exempt rape and incest victims and would allow an unconstitutional intrusion into a woman’s privacy.


For more, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/us/28abortion.html?hpw



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Registered: 06-17-2007
Thu, 04-29-2010 - 1:48am

I think the laws in Oklahoma are ridiculous. Beyond making sure that the woman understands the procedure she's about to have (which I would expect for any medical procedure, anywhere), there's no need for this emotional song and dance. I don't recall anyone making me wait 24 hours to think about having my gallbladder removed, or making me understand all the possible side effects it might have on my digestive system. On second thought, maybe they should have. ;)

As for Utah, I bet that people do claim rape or incest whether it's true or not so they can have an abortion that would be legal in every other state. But the doctors are forced by law to report such cases to the authorities, so I imagine the women back down.

I'm moving back to Utah, willingly you might say. But once my daughter gets to be of childbearing age, I will probably suggest she move elsewhere unless she's rabidly pro-life.




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Fri, 04-30-2010 - 3:40pm

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How is this legal? Doesn't SCOTUS overrule state legislature?

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 6:55pm
I think it was passed under the impression that it would go to the Supreme Court and be used to overthrow RvW.




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Sat, 05-01-2010 - 2:50am
What a fail