Kansas City Star (Kansas City, KS)
The Oklahoma Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to further restrict the use of the safest and earliest method of abortion in Oklahoma in an anti-choice bill written in direct response to a recent state Supreme Court decision.
Arizona Daily Star (Phoenix, AZ)
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed anti-choice legislation Tuesday that submits abortion clinics to standards not held by any other medical facility, allowing the state Department of Health to make unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without first getting a warrant from a judge.
RH Reality Check (USA)
The anti-choice Virginia Catholic bishops urge repealing a section in the Code of Virginia that provides state funding for abortions in the Medicaid program in the event of a gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency in a fetus.
Huge news for the GOP out of Nevada this week – the state party has chosen to remove portions of the platform that previously opposed abortion rights and gay marriage.
“The issue was how can we back out of people’s personal lives,” said Dave Hockaday of Lyon County, who sat on the platform committee. “We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.” And without a doubt, this move represents a return to true Republican, limited government ideals.
Nevada is receiving huge praise for its return to common sense, and other blocs of the Republican Party should take note. Instead of continually hammering controversial social issues, the Party chose to move towards a big tent. Removing the language on abortion allows Nevada leaders to reject government involvement in personal decisions and welcome a diversity of voters.
This is exactly the type of focus on small government and personal freedom that all Republicans should strive for. Voters have been calling for common sense instead of controversy and ideology, and clearly the Nevada GOP has been listening. Now, let’s applaud these real Republicans and encourage other states to take this same great action in order to foster a more effective, welcoming party.
Las Vegas Review Journal (Las Vegas, NV)
Amid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform.
St. Louis Post Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)
Anti-choice architects of Missouri’s abortion waiting period bill clearly do not believe that women are capable of carefully considering the implications of their health care decisions.
Kansas City Star (Kansas City, KS)
The ACLU is seeking to enter a pending federal lawsuit to argue against Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming that are trying to block the birth-control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.
Arkansas has decided to join the growing group of anti-choice states that are racking up millions of dollars in legal fees to defend blatantly unconstitutional legislation.
Last Friday, the Arkansas Attorney General filed an appeal to the 8th Circuit after a District Court judge struck down the state’s latest anti-choice bill. The bill aims to ban abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, which clearly contradicts Roe v. Wade and is unlikely to be upheld by any court. Arkansas leaders, however, determined that the ideological crusade to undermine Roe is more important than the time and money that will be spend unsuccessfully defending the law.
At a news conference to announce the appeal, the original sponsor of the bill, State Senator Jason Rapert, declared that he thinks the bill could go all the way to the Supreme Court and overturn Roe, despite the fact that the majority of Americans consistently support leaving Roe in place. Unfortunately, this extremist campaign is another example of the anti-choice movement ignoring voters and creating more government waste.
Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, AK)
An anti-choice measure that aims to restrict state funding for abortions sought by poor and low-income women cleared the Alaska House on Sunday night on a 23-17 vote without a provision that could prevent abortions by ensuring access to birth control.
North West Arkansas News (Little Rock, AR)
The state of Arkansas has appealed a federal judge’s decision to strike down part of an anti-choice law that banned most abortions at or after 12 weeks, well before the period of fetal viability.
San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA)
A bill that would change the exceptions to legal abortions was passed by the Florida House Friday. Opponents said that the bill would create scenario under which physicians could be legally culpable by mistakenly determining the viability.