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An Abortion Banís Bogus Arguments
« on: May 15, 2015, 04:15:00 am »
An Abortion Banís Bogus Arguments
MAY 14, 2015

For the second time in two years, the House voted Wednesday to pass legislation that would ban almost all abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization. The bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, claims that ďan unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization,Ē though medical evidence does not support this.

Of course, the bill is not really about scientific findings of any sort. It is simply another attempt by conservative Republicans to undercut womenís constitutionally protected reproductive rights. A 20-week abortion ban would be a restriction before fetal viability that violates the Supreme Courtís ruling in Roe v. Wade.

The House passed a 20-week ban in 2013, but the Senate never voted on it. House Republicans had planned to vote on a 20-week ban again this January, but that was stalled when some Republican members objected to the billís language prohibiting rape victims from getting an abortion unless they had reported their rape to the police.

The measure gained momentum after The New England Journal of Medicine published a study indicating that a tiny number of babies born at 22 weeks can survive if given intensive medical treatment. Representative Diane Black of Tennessee, one of the billís sponsors, released a statement last Friday saying, ďScience tells us that, after 20 weeks, babies can feel pain and are increasingly able to live outside the womb.Ē

The modified bill now allows rape victims to obtain an abortion if theyíve received counseling or medical care at least 48 hours before the procedure. It does not make an exception for the health of the mother, as current law requires. It permits an abortion after 20 weeks only if the motherís life is in danger, which could mean a woman with health problems would have to wait until her pregnancy threatened her life.

The bill also lacks an exception for fetal abnormalities, some of which are detectable only late in a pregnancy. It is unlikely to pass the Senate. If it does, the White House has made it clear that President Obama will veto it.

The increasingly onerous restrictions imposed on abortion at the state level may actually be causing some women to delay their procedures into the second trimester and beyond.

One 2013 study found that women who sought abortions after 20 weeks were more than twice as likely as women who sought first-trimester procedures to report that difficulty traveling to a clinic delayed them. They were also more than twice as likely to be delayed by problems with insurance coverage.

Making it hard to get an abortion early in a pregnancy ó by restricting the use of health insurance for abortion, closing clinics and mandating waiting periods ó and then banning the procedure after 20 weeks would essentially prohibit abortion for those with limited resources. This, of course, is what many Republicans in Congress want, but it would be disastrous for American women and families, especially those who cannot afford to travel long distances or pay for medical procedures out-of-pocket.

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Re: An Abortion Banís Bogus Arguments
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2021, 04:43:20 pm »
Sunday, 26th December  ~Two Thouand & Twenty One
Sarah Weddington, lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade passes away at 76

February 5th, 1945 ó December 26th 2021

(DALLAS, TEXAS) ó Sarah Weddington, a Texas lawyer who as a 26-year-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Sunday.

She was 76.

Susan Hays, Weddingtonís former student and colleague, said she died in her sleep early Sunday morning at her Austin home.

Weddington had been in poor health for some time and it was not immediately clear what caused her death, Hays told The Associated Press.

Raised as a ministerís daughter in the West Texas city of Abilene, Weddington attended law school at the University of Texas.

A couple years after graduating, she and a former classmate, Linda Coffee, brought a class-action lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman challenging a state law that largely banned abortions.

The case of ďJane Roe,Ē whose real name was Norma McCorvey, was brought against Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade and eventually advanced to the Supreme Court.

Weddingtonís passing comes as the Supreme Court is considering a case over Mississippiís ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy thatís widely considered to be most serious challenge in years to the Roe decision.

While that case was before the court, Weddington also ran to represent Austin in the Texas House of Representatives.

She was elected in 1972 and served three terms as a state lawmaker, before becoming general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and later working as advisor on womenís issues to President Jimmy Carter.

Weddington later wrote a book on Roe v. Wade, gave lectures and taught courses at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Womenís University on leadership, law and gender discrimination.

She remained active in the political and legal worlds well into her later years, attending the 2019 signing ceremony for a New York state law meant to safeguard abortion rights should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

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