Reproductive rights threatened in 19 states
A report released today by the News Standard shows that states are increasingly restricting women’s ability to choose abortions and birth control and many would move to ban abortion altogether if the Supreme Court lets them. Published annually by a national women’s rights organization, NARAL Pro-Choice America, this year’s edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the US, shows that if the Court withdraws its support of abortion rights, nineteen states will likely ban abortions.
The report rates each state on reproductive care rights afforded to women and looks at the makeup of the state’s legislature to determine the likelihood that anti-choice legislation would pass, were it deemed permissible under the US Constitution. It also documents abortion-restricting laws already passed or nearly passed in some states. According to the report, only