Wave of Anti-Abortion Bills Advance in the States
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK (AP) – Dozens of bills are advancing through statehouses nationwide that would put an array of new obstacles – legal, financial and psychological – in the paths of women seeking abortions.
The tactics vary: mandatory sonograms and anti-abortion counseling, sweeping limits on insurance coverage, bans on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. To abortion-rights activists, they add up to the biggest political threat since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide.
“It’s just this total onslaught,” said Elizabeth Nash, who tracks state legislation for the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health research organization that supports abortion rights.