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‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect It

May 16, 2019

By Sabrina Tavernise

WASHINGTON — In April, Indiana placed a near-total ban on the most common type of second-trimester abortion in the state.

Days later, Ohio passed a bill banning abortion in the very early weeks of pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Now on Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a bill effectively banning the procedure altogether, and lawmakers in two more states — Louisiana and Missouri — moved ahead with bills similar to Ohio’s.

States across the country are passing some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in decades, deepening the growing divide between liberal and conservative states and setting up momentous court battles that could profoundly reshape abortion access in America.

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3 comments on “‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect It

  • Meanwhile in the UK some local authorities are protecting staff and users of abortion clinics, from harassment by protesters, by creating protest free zones around the entrances to them.

    A planned protest buffer zone outside an abortion clinic has moved a step closer after the proposals were sent out for consultation.
    Manchester City Council has previously supported plans for zones outside abortion clinics.

    The council has launched a consultation on a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for streets around the Marie Stopes clinic in Fallowfield.

    A similar ban was introduced in Ealing, London in 2018.

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  • @#1 – A similar ban was introduced in Ealing, London in 2018.

    I commented on that “no harassment zone”, in this previous comment.


    Protesters have lost their bid to remove a buffer zone around an abortion clinic in west London. 

    In April, Ealing Council implemented a 100m exclusion zone around the Marie Stopes centre after women complained of intimidation by protesters.

    Both anti-abortion and pro-choice protesters are barred from standing within 100m (330ft) of the centre.

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  • While some parts of America are regressing back into the dark ages, other parts of the world are moving on and dragging even their most backward states into the 21st century!


    Abortion has been decriminalised across Australia after the last remaining state where it was illegal, New South Wales (NSW), voted to reform its laws.
    The bill, passed on Thursday, overturns a 119-year-old law which had been criticised by opponents as archaic.

    The law makes it legal for terminations to be conducted up to 22 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy – or later if two doctors agree.

    There were the usual objections from the indoctrinated ignorant on the grounds of “religious beliefs”!

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