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If I lived in a state that had reproductive justice…

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September 18, 2013

  • The state would respect the humanity of ALL people.

  • The state would not pass laws diverting money from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program to give to Crisis Pregnancy Centers that “routinely lie to and coerce women.”

  • The state would not mandate that in order for rape crisis centers to receive funding, they must not refer to abortion care when they counsel survivors.

  • The state would not mandate that public hospitals can only perform abortions in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.

  • The state would not pass laws requiring abortion clinics to have transfer agreements with a local hospital and then ban public hospitals from getting into transfer agreements with abortion clinics.

  • The state would not ban abortion after 20 weeks.

  • The state would not then also routinely introduce legislation to ban abortion after five weeks because of “fetal pain.”

  • The state would not make it next to impossible for family planning specialists like Planned Parenthood and others to get funding.

  • The state would not “force doctors to perform medically unnecessary tests to detect a fetal heartbeat and read a medically ambiguous script to women seeking abortion care written by the state legislature, not physicians.”

  • The state would not require that a person seeking abortion make two separate trips to an abortion clinic, first for a counseling session with a physician and then return after 24 hours for the procedure.

  • The state would not all but ban late term abortions.

  • The state would not require that minors get parental consent before they can access abortion care.

  • The state would not regulate abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical centers.

  • The state would not ban public insurance plans from covering abortions.

  • The state would not pass any of the above legislation and then try to pass even more legislation that  “extend the current 24 hour waiting period to 48 hours, require doctors to lie to patients about non existent links between abortion and cancer and require physicians to wait 48 hours to treat a miscarriage.”

  • If I lived in a state that had reproductive justice, the state would not do any of the above.

  • If I lived in a state that had reproductive justice, I would not be going to a rally at the statehouse to protest the state legislators’ assault on reproductive rights and health care.

Source: NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio “2014-2015 State Budget Anti-Choice Provisions”

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