Multiple States Compete for Most Restrictive Abortion Bans
In March 2018 multiple states are competing for the most restrictive abortion bans in the country. The governor of Mississippi signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. At the signing the MS governor said “we are saving more of the unborn than any state in America.” The Kentucky legislature is moving forward a ban on a specific abortion procedure that is typically used after 11 weeks. A panel in the Iowa legislature agreed to move forward with a heartbeat bill, which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically occurs at about six weeks. All of these measures would limit a woman’s ability to make her own choices, and they value the fetus over the woman’s life. When women have safe and affordable access to reproductive healthcare, they have greater opportunities for education and economic mobility. Denying women this access treats them as less valuable citizens.