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Fri Dec 25, 2015, 12:10 PM

The Year in Reproductive Justice: 47 Anti-Abortion Laws, Clinic Attacks and Hopeful Signs

The Year in Reproductive Justice: 47 Anti-Abortion Laws, Clinic Attacks and Hopeful Signs

Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:00
By Katie Klabusich, Truthout | News Analysis

Looking back, 2015 was a roller-coaster year for reproductive rights across the United States. Activists saw two big legislative wins, despite almost 400 anti-abortion bills introduced and 47 passed in the states. Attacks on Planned Parenthood and independent providers ran the gamut from shootings to arson to seemingly perpetual hearings on Capitol Hill. Plus, Whole Woman's Health is headed to the US Supreme Court in an attempt to restore access to abortion care in Texas. Again and again, in the face of intense attacks, activists rose to the occasion and continue to stand for reproductive justice for all.

Repro FACT Act in California

The year began with a major victory. In February, the California legislature introduced the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act to end the intentional misleading of potential patients, false advertising, intimidation tactics and coercion regularly employed by anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs).

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) - the legal advocacy group that regularly represents pro-choice causes in court - was among those applauding such a simple, but powerful bill in a state where CPCs outnumber full-spectrum reproductive health facilities two to one.


Planned Parenthood Videos and Hearings

In July, the agenda-driven and well-funded organization the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released the first in a series of heavily edited, coercively obtained "undercover" videos depicting a Planned Parenthood senior medical director discussing the process of donating fetal tissue to medical researchers. The rather graphic descriptions between a medical professional (the Planned Parenthood staffer) and someone impersonating a medical professional (the "undercover" CMP videographer) provided enough shock value to prompt more than 20 bills in state legislatures and a number of governors to attempt withholding Medicaid reimbursements to their state Planned Parenthood affiliates.


Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting

On November 27, Robert Lewis Dear Jr. exchanged gunfire with law enforcement from inside the bulletproof-glass-protected Colorado Springs, Colorado, Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three people and wounding 12. He now faces 179 felony counts, including first-degree murder for an attack he orchestrated with an AK-47-style assault rifle, because he's a self-proclaimed "warrior for the babies." ................(more)


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Fri Dec 25, 2015, 12:14 PM

1. All fueled by Religious zealots.

Religion seems to be a very common theme when comparing the things that make the world suck more.

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