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Guttmacher’s latest gloomy report on state legislation cheers pro-lifers

by | May 27, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

It really does seem as if every update on state legislation penned by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute is gloomier than all its predecessors. And “2022 State Legislative Sessions: Abortion Bans and Restrictions on Medication Abortion Dominate”—an update from March 16—certainly fills that bill.

Oklahoma’s passage Wednesday of HB 4327, which protects the unborn child in Oklahoma throughout pregnancy, with narrow exceptions, may explain the timing of the “update.”

“This makes Oklahoma the first state to completely ban abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision,” according to Guttmacher’s Elizabeth Nash, Lauren Cross, and Joerg Dreweke. That may be the low point—from their viewpoint—but much more discouraging news is included.

“So far this year,” they lament, “2,025 total provisions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights have been introduced across 46 states and the District of Columbia. This includes both restrictions and proactive measures.”

“Among restrictions introduced and moving since the start of state legislative sessions in January, two key themes are anti-abortion policymakers’ continued pursuit of various types of abortion bans and restrictions on medication abortion,” they write.

They, too, are persuaded the Supreme Court is going to do something extraordinary in June. “With the US Supreme Court primed to severely weaken or overturn Roe, medication abortion is likely to become even more critical in the delivery of care to many people. Guttmacher research shows that following two decades of safe and effective use, medication abortion accounted for 54% of all US abortions in 2020—powerfully illustrating that the method has gained broad acceptance from both abortion patients and providers.”

Pro-lifers have fought back:

However, medication abortion has become a primary target of anti-abortion politicians and activists seeking to restrict care in and out of clinical settings. Anti-abortion state policymakers have shown they are focused on further restricting access to medication abortion this year.

Of course, there is nothing about the dangers of “medication abortions.” Nothing about “the 26 deaths of women in the U.S. (and thousands of other complications) connected to chemical abortion, and the inadequacies of U.S. reporting requirements mean that some complications go unreported,” as Paul Stark writes.

The “bans” include everything from a prohibition after 15 weeks through Oklahoma’s brand new law which protects the unborn child in Oklahoma throughout pregnancy, with narrow exceptions.

It’s worth a read. Very encouraging news!

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