Abortion Healthcare War On Women

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Written by SK Ashby

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, lawmakers across the country have already introduced over 100 bills to regulate abortion during the first month of the 2015 session.

Among other things, the more than 100 bills include measures that force women to watch videos and ban all abortions after 20 weeks.

According to the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks legislative activity, states continue to introduce multiple restrictions related to abortion each day. Proposed legislation on the state level includes bills that would require women to watch anti-choice videos before they may proceed with an abortion, bills that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, bills that would restrict clinics’ ability to prescribe the abortion pill, and bills that would completely outlaw the most common surgical abortion procedure.

This rash of bills is unlikely to curb the appetites of anti-choice fanatics.

As we covered here earlier this week, self-identified Republicans are increasingly dissatisfied with the state of abortion restrictions even though there are far more restrictions on the books today than there were under President Bush.


Republicans' overall dissatisfaction with abortion policies has risen from 50% in the Bush years to 62% since 2012, with the 12-point increase distributed mainly among those who want abortion laws to be made stricter and those who want the laws to remain the same (up five points each).

The country would be much better off if state legislators had introduced more than 100 bills to raise the minimum wage or even offer day-care services. Either measure would be far more "pro-life" than forcing women to watch condescending videos.

By observing the map above, you may have also noticed that some of the states where abortion bills have been introduced are also states that have refused to expand Medicaid, the most notable of which is Texas.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare which would provide healthcare to over 1 million people in the state.