Continued Attacks on Reproductive Rights

13 Jun

Just a day after the 46th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the Maine House rejected three bills which sought to add new restrictions to abortions.

There was a bill requiring that certain information be provided to a woman seeking an abortion, including procedural risks and the father’s liability for support; the measure was defeated 88-57. A second bill required that there must be a 24-hour wait before an abortion procedure from the time a woman gives her written consent; the measure was rejected by an 81-63 vote. The third bill was one that would have strengthened adult consent requirements in cases in which an abortion was planned for a minor or incapacitated person; it was rejected by an 80-63 vote.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Maine has previously seen challenges to its abortion laws, namely fetal pain measures. Earlier this year, the Maine House rejected a bill to outlaw violence against a fetus. It sought to create new crimes of murder, felony murder, and manslaughter against a fetus.

The battle in Maine is just one of several that have been taking place across the country over the course of this year. During the health care reform debates in Congress, several states began to pass laws banning private insurance coverage of abortion. Currently, H.R. 3 (also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act”) is set to reach the Senate floor and seeks to impose tax increases on families and small businesses with insurance plans that include abortion coverage and will also raise taxes on certain individuals who use their private funds to pay for abortion services. Additionally, H.R. 3 does not include any exceptions for abortions needed to save a woman’s health and/or life. The bill was last read for the second time on May 9, 2011 and was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar.

Want to take action? Call your Senator and ask them to vote no on H.R. 3. Let them know that it is a dangerous bill for small businesses, women, and families.

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