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2013 Has Just Started and We’re In For A Bumpy Ride

Elissa Berger,
Advocacy and Policy Counsel,
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February 8, 2013

Think the war on women is over? Think again.

Some politicians have decided to start the 2013 state legislative session by targeting women’s reproductive health.

Yesterday in North Dakota, state senators voted on a measure that could be used to ban abortion, restrict treatment for infertility, and threaten access to contraception. If politicians in North Dakota get their way, women would be prevented from seeking abortion and other reproductive health care in the state.

Also yesterday, lawmakers in Arkansas advanced a measure that could ban abortions as early as 12 weeks — that’s just a few weeks after a woman might find out she’s pregnant and before she might have learned about the complete health of her pregnancy.

And earlier this week in Alabama, legislators rushed through committee a bill that could shut down every women’s health center in the state that provides abortion care to those that need it.

Politicians in Mississippi, Kentucky, and other states also advanced bills this week to restrict a woman’s decision making ability.

The election season might be over, but it’s clear that politicians from coast to coast aren’t done trying to dismantle a woman’s ability to make personal decisions about their families.

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