by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Friends (and Enemies) of Reproductive Rights

In this hotly contested U.S. presidential race, the assault on women’s right to control their own bodies continues. In May, a group of anti-choice legislators introduced into both the House and the Senate the “Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act,” which would require doctors to recite this statement to women about to have an abortion procedure: “Congress finds that there is substantial evidence that the process of being killed in an abortion will cause the unborn child pain, even though you received a pain-reducing drug.” Doctors who do not comply could be fined up to $25,000. The bill is presently pending in the House and the Senate. Then in July, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the annual federal health spending bill that would allow any health care providers, from hospitals to individual doctors, to deny access to or even information about abortion services. The amendment was advocated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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