Last November, Republicans gained control of the Minnesota Legislature for the first time in over 30 years. Thanks to the new majority, they are now considering no less than eight bills to restrict access to abortion.
I received some pushback on my column today concerning my assertion that most women who get late-term abortions (specifically, those who get them after 20 weeks) do so because of a fetal abnormality. This is incorrect; the majority of women who get abortions after 20 weeks do so for other reasons.
Kansas state Rep. Jene Vickrey, a Republican, watches the House's electronic board tally votes on a fetal-pain bill that passed the chamber late last month. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
When Danielle Deaver of Nebraska was 22 weeks into her pregnancy, she learned that the probability of the fetus surviving after birth was close to zero. Deaver decided the most humane thing to do was end her pregnancy. "At what point," she asked her doctor, "do we go from being good parents and doing everything we can to save our baby to being selfish and putting our baby through essentially torture when they were born?" The Des Moines Registerreported what happened next: Under the state's new fetal-pain law, Deaver was forced to give birth. Then she watched her baby die in her arms.
Last night, the Wisconsin GOP decided that rather than compromise with Democrats, it would pass the bill and repeal bargaining rights without them. To do so, they quickly stripped the budget bill of its financial measures which require a 20-member quorum and passed a budget-neutral bill that just repealed union bargaining rights.
A few weeks ago, Dana Goldsteinpointed out that Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to roll back bargaining rights would disproportionately impact women who largely populate the professions whose unions are at stake. But Walker’s budget would impact women – particularly poor women – by taking away several avenues to reproductive care and contraception.