“IN his smart opinion piece last week, “A Mason-Dixon Line of Progress,” Timothy Egan noted the “retreat to bigotry” sweeping across the old South as politicians clinging to the past (under the banner of religious freedom) line up to authorize discrimination against gay people. The column prompted me to think about whether the battlegrounds in the never-ending abortion wars display a similar geographic concentration.The answer is that to a startling degree they don’t. The battleground is much bigger. With the exception of the West Coast and most (but not all) of the Northeast, recently enacted abortion restrictions can be found almost everywhere.Since 2011, 10 states, from the Canadian border to the Great Lakes to the Southwest, have each imposed 10 or more new barriers to access to legal abortion. An additional 21 states have enacted between one and 10 restrictions — the lower number in some cases simply reflecting a state’s creativity in having already adopted a long menu of anti-abortion measures.”
“Many Americans are ambivalent on abortion. But Trump has now turned the attention back from the fetus to the woman. And remember that three in 10 American women get an abortion at some point in their lives.Second, the data suggests that one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of abortions would be to increase the availability of publicly funded family planning. In 2013, publicly funded family planning prevented two million unintended pregnancies, including almost 700,000 abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.”
This piece is the the Source hypertext of Paul Krugman, in his assertion that Carly Fiorina is out right lying about what she saw in the tapes of Planned Parenthood. Sarah Kliff strongly supports his assertion.
Andrew Rosenthal: “Using some deceptive videotapes from an anti-abortion group as a pretext, Republicans have been claiming that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal tissue obtained from abortion procedures. It’s not true, but that hasn’t stopped the right wing. Its real objection to Planned Parenthood is that it provides family planning – in other words birth control – to women all over America, but saying so directly would be a tactical mistake. (By the way, Planned Parenthood is already barred from spending a dime of federal money on abortions.)
Today, speaking to the Business Roundtable, President Obama pointed out that “it’s not good sense to hold an $18 trillion global economy” hostage to an ideological antipathy toward “a women’s health care provider that receives 20 cents out of every thousand dollars in the federal budget.” ”
Lynn Vavreck: “Many people may find the points of agreement across party lines on the topic of legal abortion surprising. The data show that in some circumstances in which a woman may choose to end a pregnancy, majorities of Americans — Democrats and Republicans — are on the same side, sometimes supporting the legality of the procedure and sometimes not.”