Wednesday, May 28, 2014
What's at Stake in the Trials on Admitting Privileges Laws
Slate: Caught in a TRAP, by Emily Bazelon:
If an Alabama law and others like it stick, abortion clinics will disappear from swaths of the U.S. map.
Abortion is on trial this week in Alabama. Technically speaking, the witnesses are appearing before federal District Judge Myron Thompson to discuss a new state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. That sounds reasonable, I know, but it isn’t, and it’s also not what’s at stake. This trial is about whether poor women in red (and even purple) states will continue to have access to abortion, or whether some states will succeed in shutting down every clinic within driving distance, all in the name of protecting women (from themselves). . . .