5 Anti-Abortion Laws Offering Solutions for Problems That Don’t Actually Exist
Over the past three years, lawmakers have imposed a record-breaking number of state-level restrictions on abortion, and the onslaught appears to be continuing. In order to keep passing multiple pieces of legislation related to this particular medical procedure, abortion opponents have been forced to get creative. Since banning abortion outright typically doesn’t work, lawmakers have resorted to enacting barriers to the procedure based on imaginary issues that they claim their legislation will fix.
Here’s the logic that anti-choice politicians are relying on to chip away at reproductive rights, even though none of these “problems” actually exist:
1. Sex-selective abortion bans to prevent discrimination against girls.
This week, South Dakota lawmakers advanced a bill to ban “sex-selective abortions,” or the practice of ending a pregnancy because of the fetus’ gender. The politicians pushing for the measure — which is already on the books in seven states — claim that it’s necessary because the state’s growing population of Asian immigrants may try to avoid giving birth to girls.
2. “Informed consent” laws to help women understand what a pregnancy is.