Nationally, two major anti-abortions bills have been introduced and are currently in committee. Both bills–H.R. 3 and H.R. 358–narrow public funding for abortion exceptions and go a long way towards preventing private insurance coverage of abortion care. While H.R. 3 has received much coverage for its language of “forcible” rape, H.R. 358 (the “Protect Life Act”) is just as misogynistic at its core. As RH Reality Check reports, H.R. 358 puts forward new provisions that would effectively eliminate the right of critically ill women to obtain an abortion to save their lives by giving medical personnel the right, due to conscience, to opt out of providing life-saving medical care.
On the state level, here are some of the more disturbing and restrictive laws being proposed:
- In Texas, Governor Rick Perry is fast-tracking a mandatory sonogram bill, which would force women to listen to an explanation of the fetal image and its development.
- In Florida, Rep. Charles Van Zant has introduced personhood legislation with a specifically religious bent, citing that “all life comes from the Creator and begins at conception.” The language of the bill also proclaims that the United States Supreme Court is not qualified to “determine, establish, or define the moral values of the people of the United States and specifically for the people of Florida.”
- In Arizona, a bill has been introduced that would redefine current abortion law, and would require the regulations that govern surgical abortions to apply to non-surgical procedures, such as abortion-pill prescriptions.
- In Indiana, there are 13 anti-choice bills on the table, which are likely to be pushed through as a single omnibus bill.
On a positive note, a slew of anti-abortion bills were defeated in the Virginia Senate.