Comparing Reproductive Rights to Spare Tires and Heroin: A Look at the War on Women in the States
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  • Freedom of choice is one of the most fundamental rights of our country. Denying a woman the right to govern her own body does not fit into the concept of American freedoms. Already many of our insurance carriers do not cover birth-control, & affordable daycare does not exist . Why is the focus being directed solely on reproductive freedoms, when the abortion data demonstrates an overall decrease. I would encourage those in the government to focus programs that support reproductive education, family health, & affordable daycare.
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  • When will this stop, a decision made mostly by Men, on what is good for them and not good for them. And to say that women are lying about what has been done to them.
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  • 1. Comparing Reproductive Rights to Spare Tires and Heroin: A Look at the War on Women in the States
  • 2. Refresher: The State Landscape State Governments State Legislatures Governors *including the District of Columbia 2010 2011 Pro-choice 17 17* Mixed-choice 12 5 Anti-choice 21 29 2010 2011 Pro-choice 5 7* Anti-choice 10 15 2010 2011 Pro-choice 11* 9* Anti-choice 16 19
  • 3. Attacks By the Numbers 175 470 In 2010, NARAL Pro-Choice America tracked 175 anti-choice measures in the states. As of June 28, NARAL Pro-Choice is tracking 470 anti-choice measures for 2011.
  • 4. Top Anti-Choice Trends of the 2011 State Legislative Session
    • Abortion-coverage bans
    • Nebraska copycat bans
    • Mandatory-ultrasound legislation
    • “ Personhood” measures
    • Race- and sex-based attacks
    Fourteen states’ legislative sessions remain open: eight are year round, four close this week, two close late summer.
  • 5. Abortion-Coverage Bans
    • Before health-care reform, 5 states banned insurance from covering abortion
    • Following health-care reform, 13 enacted some sort of abortion coverage ban
      • 5 states enacted bans in 2010
      • 8 states enacted bans in 2011 (and 1 ban vetoed)
    • A total of 15 states have some sort of abortion-coverage ban (some states have enacted multiple bans)
    Information as of June 27, 2011
  • 6. Abortion-Coverage Bans Pre-PPACA Statewide abortion-coverage ban existed prior to health-care reform
  • 7. Current Law: Abortion-Coverage Bans Statewide abortion-coverage ban Abortion-coverage ban in exchange
  • 8. Abortion-Coverage Bans: Current & Proposed Abortion-coverage ban proposed in 2011 Statewide abortion-coverage ban Abortion-coverage ban in exchange
  • 9. Nebraska Copycat Bans
      • Bans abortion after 20 weeks with almost no exceptions
    • Legislation filed in 2011: 32 bills in 15 states
    • Enacted in 2011: AL, ID, IN KS, and OK (and 1 ban vetoed in MN)
    Information as of June 27, 2011
  • 10. Mandatory-Ultrasound Legislation
      • Before 2011 session, 21 states had some type of ultrasound provision on the books
      • Legislation filed in 2011: 28 ultrasound-related bills in 14 states
      • Enacted in 2011: AZ, FL, TX (and 1 ban vetoed in NC)
      • By comparison, 9 bills were considered in 2010
    Information as of June 27, 2011
  • 11. “ Personhood” Measures
    • Personhood USA claims activity in all 50 states
    • On the 2011 ballot in MS
    • Threatened for 2012 ballot in FL
    • Legislation filed in 2011: 32 bills in 18 states
      • By comparison, 7 bills were considered in 2010
    Information as of June 27, 2011
  • 12. Race- and Sex-Based Attacks
    • Legislation filed in 2011: 10 bills in 6 states
    • Enacted in 2011: AZ
      • Billboards in 11 states
    Information as of June 27, 2011
  • 13. Spanish-Language Billboards Targeting Latinos
  • 14. Billboards Using Slavery Rhetoric
  • 15. Pushing the Boundaries: Outrageous New Attacks on Choice
    • Laws that defund health centers that offer abortion services—such as Planned Parenthood
    • Ohio “heartbeat” bill: OH H 125
    • Mifepristone/telemedicine restrictions
    • Louisiana near-total abortion ban: LA H 587
    • Health savings account abortion bans
    • South Dakota forced CPC “counseling” law: SD H 1217
  • 16. In Their Own Words…
    • See what anti-choice politicians are saying about a woman’s right to choose.
    Watch our video: www.ProChoiceAmerica.org/June2011