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Map of Attacks on Women's Health

 
  • Alabama+

    Alabama

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    With solid majorities in both houses of the state legislature, women’s health opponents introduced an extreme and dangerous Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) bill designed to restrict access to abortion for women in the state.  TRAP requires medically unnecessary regulations for health care centers that provide safe and legal abortions; it has nothing to do with women’s health and everything to do with politics.  This bill was fast-tracked through the legislature and sent to Governor Robert Bentley, who signed it into law.

    State Politics:

    • Governor: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State House: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State Senate: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health

    Key Players:

    • Governor Robert Bentley 
    • Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh

    Snapshot:

    • More than half a million women in Alabama are in need of access to contraception.
    • 55 percent of all pregnancies in Alabama are unintended.  

    Key Quote:

    The bill is so extreme, Alabamans of all stripes are coming forward to oppose it —like Milly Breeden, a Republican woman who supports safe and legal abortion. Breeden said of the Republican party,

    It's time you realize why you lost the last election.

  • Arkansas+

    Arkansas

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    Opponents of women’s health are going state by state to take away women’s rights and access to health care — and it all started with Arkansas, where anti-women’s health legislators got to work right away, passing what was (until North Dakota) the most extreme and dangerous abortion ban in the country. 

    Despite vetoes by the governor, the Arkansas legislature voted to make two unconstitutional abortion bans law.  They’re expected to push forward another extreme bill, which would strip funding for Planned Parenthood.

    State Politics:

    • Governor: Votes are Mixed on Women’s Health
    • State House: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State Senate: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health

    Key Players:

    • Governor Mike Beebe
    • State Senator Jason Rapert
    • State Senator Gary Stubblefield

    Snapshot:

    • Over 5,000 women rely on Planned Parenthood health centers in Arkansas for well-woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STIs, breast health services, Pap tests, and health information.
    • Arkansas has one of the highest needs for expanded access to health care. One in four Arkansas women of reproductive age is uninsured. More than 300,000 women are in need of contraceptive services and supplies. Sixty percent of counties have no OB-GYNs, and the state has the highest cervical cancer mortality rate in the nation.
    • Ninety-eight percent of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s services in Arkansas are preventive care services, which include birth control, well-women visits and cancer screenings.

    Key Quote:

    Women across the state have risen up and said they deserve better than this divisive agenda, including Ashley in Bryant, Arkansas.

    For six years I went without health insurance. I counted on Planned Parenthood for check-ups, well-woman exams, and birth control. It deeply concerns me when I hear about all the stuff they are doing at the Capitol that interferes with a woman's personal health decisions. They don't know me. They are not in my shoes. They've gone too far. Without Planned Parenthood, many women like me will be left with nowhere to turn for basic health care.

  • Indiana+

    Indiana

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    With Mike Pence serving as the governor of Indiana, it’s no wonder women in the state have witnessed an onslaught of attacks on their health and rights. You may remember Mike Pence from his time in Congress, where he made a name for himself by introducing and aggressively promoting an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood, which didn’t pass.

    Indiana already has a Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) law that applies to surgical abortion, now a new bill, SB371 would place the same unnecessary requirements on non-surgical abortion. This bill will ultimately diminish access to safe and legal non-surgical abortion across the state. In spite of his campaign promise to “make job creation job one” and “focus on getting this economy moving again,” Indiana has spent a lot of time trying to restrict access to women’s health care.

    State Politics:

    • Governor: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State House: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State Senate: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health

    Key Players:

    • Governor Mike Pence

    Snapshot: 

    Key Quote:

    Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is a health services researcher who studies patient-provider communication and clinical decision making. She says this about SB371:  

    If physicians choose to practice medicine without regard to science or patient safety, we call it 'malpractice.' When legislators choose to do so, we call it ‘politics.’ This simply should not remain the state of affairs.

  • Montana+

    Montana

    Montana_250x250.pngThe Montana legislature has introduced a slew of hostile women’s health bills, and already amended the state budget to remove family planning funding, including Title X dollars that provide care to 25,000 Montanans each year. Politicians have proposed cutting $4.6 million in federal family planning funds from the state budget, and introduced a measure to block sex education programs to curb teen pregnancies (which could ultimately become a statewide ballot initiative).

    Family planning funding has been consistently attacked throughout this year’s legislative session. Tell lawmakers in Helena to support family planning funding in the state budget. Take action here!

    State Politics:

    • GovernorSupportive of Women’s Health
    • State House: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State Senate: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health

    Key Players:

    • Governor Steve Bullock

    Snapshot: 

    • Family planning is primary care for thousands of low-income Montana women.
    • In 2012, Montana family planning clinics provided services to over 25,000 men and women on a sliding fee scale based on income.
    • For every dollar invested in family planning, we save nearly $4 down the line by preventing unintended pregnancies. Montana's family planning program has health centers in 25 Montana communities.

    Key Quote:

    Lindsey Love, communications manager for Planned Parenthood of Montana, said,

    This may seem like a quieter war on women, but the attacks are happening nonetheless, and our Legislature is further marginalizing women and families who need health care and deserve privacy.

  • North Dakota+

    North Dakota

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    The North Dakota legislature has mounted a full-scale, nonstop attack on women’s health. Planned Parenthood and its allies have been fighting several bills, including an unconstitutional abortion ban, which could make abortion illegal before a woman may even know she’s pregnant, and a dangerous Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) bill designed to shut down the only remaining provider of safe and legal abortion in the state. Both have been signed into law and both will likely be challenged in court. 

    To add to the list, on Friday, March 22, the legislature passed a bill to put a so-called “personhood” measure on the November 2014 ballot. This bill, Concurrent Resolution 4009 was described by Senator Sitte as intended to “be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade."

    State Politics:

    • Governor: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State House: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health
    • State Senate: Votes are Hostile to Women’s Health

    Key Players:

    • Governor Jack Dalrymple
    • State Senator Margaret Sitte
    • State Senator Bette Grande

    SNAPSHOT:

    • As of 2008, 98 percent of North Dakota counties had no abortion provider.  Seventy-four percent of North Dakota women lived in these counties without a provider.
    • 38,500 women in North Dakota were in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and supplies.

    KEY QUOTES:

    People of all stripes, including physicians, have protested the extreme package of bills in North Dakota. State Representative Kathy Hawken said,

    “Like many of my Republican colleagues, I personally am pro-life. But we have gone over the line. North Dakota hasn't even passed a primary seatbelt law, but so far this year we have taken up six different bills to end safe and legal abortion in our state. I call on my colleagues in North Dakota and in statehouses around the country to re-attune their focus. We need to make sure every American woman has access to the preventive health care she needs, including birth control, so she can avoid an unintended pregnancy and stay healthy. This is a policy priority that unites, rather than divides, Americans. And this is the policy priority that aligns with my Grand Old Party.”