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COMING SOON: Former acting AG Jeffrey Rosen testifies alongside two other former DOJ officials, Rich Donoghue and Steve Engel, on information uncovered in this Committee's October 2021 investigative report. Here's what you need to know before the upcoming #January6thHearings ⬇️
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MISSOURI: A 2019 state law, which included a trigger ban, also “funneled millions of tax dollars to fight abortion” and drained state revenues by increasing tax credits for MO taxpayers who donate money to crisis pregnancy centers. kcur.org/news/2022-06-07/how…
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MISSOURI: The state has floated a first-of-its-kind proposal to allow private citizens to sue anyone who helps a Missouri resident have an abortion outside the state—from the out-of-state physician to whoever helps transport a person across state lines. politico.com/news/2022/03/19…
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OKLAHOMA Gov. Stitt signed an abortion ban that bans nearly all abortions starting at fertilization and takes effect immediately—modeled after a Texas law that allows individuals to sue abortion providers and others who aid someone in seeking an abortion. nytimes.com/2022/05/25/us/ok…
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SOUTH DAKOTA is one of 19 states with trigger laws set to automatically ban abortion in some capacity now that Roe has been overturned. Gov. Noem also said she will ban telemedicine appointments with abortion care providers who prescribe pills online. thehill.com/homenews/sunday-…
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TEXAS: After passing last year's abortion ban enforced by bounty hunters, TX Rs have suggested bills to stop women from traveling out of state to get abortions, target abortion assistance funds, & reclassify emergency contraception like Plan B as abortion. texastribune.org/2022/05/09/…
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In TEXAS, the fall of Roe virtually eliminates abortion access. Last year, the Republican legislature passed a trigger law that will go into effect 30 days after Dobbs decision, which includes criminalizing doctors and making performing abortion a felony. texastribune.org/2022/06/24/…
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UTAH's abortion ban “includes language that may make it impossible for most patients to claim an exemption” for medical complications. Doctors and legal experts say exemptions “won't actually protect patients in most medical complications.” axios.com/local/salt-lake-ci…
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VIRGINIA: Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he will seek an abortion ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy. While most state legislatures have adjourned for the year, some governors have expressed interest in convening special sessions to pass additional antiabortion bills.
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WEST VIRGINIA: As of last Friday, the only abortion clinic in the state is no longer performing abortions. “Roe has never been enough, but in states like West Virginia, it was the only thing protecting abortion access,” said Katie Quinonez, executive director of @womenshealthwv.
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Overturning Roe may also affect U.S. territories. For instance: “Women from the remote U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will likely have to travel farther than other Americans to terminate a pregnancy.” npr.org/2022/05/27/110170037…
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PUERTO RICO, which Aborto Libre says largely “copy-paste[s]...laws from the States,” is currently facing measures that resemble, almost identically, anti-choice legislation that has recently passed in U.S. states, including abortion bans after 20 weeks. refinery29.com/en-us/2022/06…
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Many of these efforts will face litigation challenges—some already have. For example, just this week, a state judge imposed an injunction on the Florida 15-week ban. But the grim and devastating impact of the Court’s decision in Dobbs cannot be understated.
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Blue states have been bolstering reproductive rights, but make no mistake: the fall of Roe will impact women in places like IL, CA, and NY, as more people from states with abortion restrictions seek out-of-state services and strain blue states' capacities to perform procedures.
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Overturning #Roe may also lead to interstate battles. In one scenario outlined by a @DrexelUniv law professor, providers in states where abortion is legal could potentially face prosecution for caring for a woman who crossed state lines for repro care. seattletimes.com/seattle-new…
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It's not just red states that are attacking reproductive health care: it's Congressional Republicans. Senate Republican Leader McConnell has already floated the idea of a nationwide abortion ban the next time Republicans control Congress & the White House. thehill.com/news/senate/3480…
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The Heritage Foundation tweeted “Overturning Roe is just the beginning.” Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America launched a $2 mil ad buy in key swing states to encourage the expansion of red state legislatures. Students for Life are pushing to classify Plan B as an abortifacient.
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It is a fact that conservative state governments were preparing for a post-Roe America. Congress must check the conservative Court, enshrine into law the right to make one's own reproductive health care choices, and confirm judges who will uphold the rule of law.
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