Here’s a nice-sounding bill that became law in North Carolina last year: the Women and Children's Protection Act.
People care about women and children, they want them to be protected—seems like something a person might want to support, right?
Wrong. This bill isn’t about protecting anyone. It actually forces women seeking certain abortions to undergo an ultrasound—and then submit that ultrasound image to the state government. So, the people who work for Governor Pat “McCreepy” McCrory get to peek at a person's uterus—FUN!
In all seriousness, this is just one of many bills meant to sound pro-woman while actually pushing outrageous attacks on reproductive health and rights.
Extremist politicians know their agenda is deeply unpopular: cutting Americans off from health care, turning back the clock on women’s rights, and forcing new burdens on women seeking abortion. So they’re hiding attacks on reproductive health and rights behind neutral or even “pro-woman-sounding” bill titles. It’s outrageous, deceptive, and insulting.
So, Planned Parenthood is shining a light on this dangerously sneaky legislation. To make sure people know which “pro-women’s health” bills are, in fact, BOGUS, Planned Parenthood ran a few through its new tool—the Deception Decoder.
Anti-women’s health lawmakers think they can sneak their dangerous agenda through if they come up with misleading, pleasant-sounding names for their bills. Don’t be fooled.
The Supreme Court wasn't fooled when it struck down Texas's anti-abortion bill, HB 2, in June—saying the burdens these state laws impose on women could not be justified by claims that they protect women's health.
That decision has already caused similar laws in three other states to falter, and gives Planned Parenthood a strong legal argument for undoing even more restrictions. But it all starts with recognizing their true motives, which are more often than not thinly veiled attempts to restrict access to reproductive health care.
Want to know what’s lurking in cleverly named but dangerous legislation like this? And what these bills should be called? Check out Planned Parenthood's informative *new* tool, the Deception Decoder, now.