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The Anti-Abortion fight quietly goes to the states……..

While The US Supreme Court framed this countries broad policy on abortion…..

There are many activists that have been unhappy that policy gives the basic right to the mother carrying the child…..Not the State….

Those activists have been rebuffed in their tries to overturn the courts decision…..

They have not given up their fight….

Slowly they are moving their actions to the states….

In regions that favor the right….

They have gotten state’s to restrict abortions in line with the Supreme Courts decision……

It’s not nearly any type of majority of states…

But it IS a movement…….

In a flurry of activity last week, Gov.Haley Barbour of Mississippi signed a bill barring insurers from covering abortion in the new insurance exchanges called for under the federal health care overhaul, and the Oklahoma Legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Brad Henry of a bill requiring doctors who perform abortions to answer 38 questions about each procedure, including the women’s reasons for ending their pregnancies.

It was the third abortion measure this session on which the Legislature overrode a veto by Mr. Henry.

At least 13 other states have introduced or passed similar legislation this year. The new laws range from an Arizona ban on coverage of abortion in the state employees’ health plan to a ban in Nebraska on all abortions after 20 weeks, on the grounds that the fetus at that stage can feel pain.

Fetal pain is a subject of debate in the medical community, and the United States Supreme Courthas recognized the government’s right to ban abortions only after a fetus becomes viable, which is more than a month later.

“The right-to-life folks are seeing just how far they can push things,” said Joseph W. Dellapenna, a law professor at Villanova University and the author of “Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History.” Professor Dellapenna said it was “almost a certainty” that one of the laws would end up in front of the Supreme Court, where Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s views on abortion are untested, as are those of Elena KaganPresident Obama’s new court nominee.

“It could turn out they can push things a lot farther than people think,” he said. “Or, it could not.”

While opponents of abortion rights hope ultimately to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion, they have made the most impact at the state level, where laws passed in one state often appear in other legislatures in subsequent years. State laws also have the potential for national consequences by setting off court battles that challenge or limit the scope of Roe.

“Ninety percent of pro-life legislation happens at the states,” said Daniel S. McConchie, vice president for government affairs at Americans United for Life, which opposes abortion. “While Congress is the main focus of attention for so many people in the country, state legislatures have greatest impact on daily lives, and life-related legislation is no exception.”



June 3, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Health, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | ,


  1. well i hope they do not stifle a woman’s right to chose. though i am nervous about the 3 tri-mester abortions.

    Comment by Terry Green | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. I do not think abortion should be used as method of birth control….

    I DO support the right that is a womens choice…

    And guys shouldn’t be so damn stupid…..

    And wear a hat…or put your girl/woman on the pill…

    And causal unprotected sex is stupid and dangerous……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 3, 2010 | Reply

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