Thursday, April 4, 2013
Alabama Passes Burdensome TRAP Law
It seems as if the press is starting to understand and describe incremental restrictions as part of a broader movement to dismantle abortion rights:
The Christian Science Monitor - DC Decoder: Alabama joins flood of states restricting abortion. What's behind this?, by Linda Feldmann:
The Alabama and Virginia legislatures just passed new measures, following stricter actions in North Dakota and Arkansas. To understand this latest wave, look to the tea party.
Alabama has joined North Dakota and Arkansas in taking steps to enact tough new restrictions on abortion.
The Alabama bill, passed by the state Legislature late Tuesday, includes a requirement that an abortion provider have admitting rights at a local hospital – a rule that may sound minor, but could prove challenging to achieve in a state with strong opposition to abortion. Supporters say it is aimed at protecting women’s health, while opponents say it is medically unnecessary and aimed at denying women access to abortion. . . .
The New York Times: Alabama Legislature Passes New Limits on Abortion Clinics, by Erik Eckholm:
The Alabama Legislature late Tuesday adopted stringent new regulations for abortion clinics that supporters called a step to protect women but that others called medically unnecessary and a disguised effort to force the closing of the state’s five abortion clinics. . . .