Saturday, July 6, 2013
Wave of State Restrictions Keeps Abortion in National Spotlight
The Washington Post: Abortion limits at state level return issue to the national stage, by Juliet Eilperin:
As a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly years ago, Republican Scott Walker pushedtwo key measures to limit abortions. Neither was successful.
But as governor on Friday, Walker signed legislation requiring that women get an ultrasound before having an abortion and mandating that doctors who perform the procedure have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Opponents say the bill would force at least two clinics in Wisconsin to close.
The measures are part of a wave of abortion limits passed this year by conservative lawmakers and governors, who have approved more than 40 restrictions in statehouses around the country, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks the issue. . . .