“ The fact that they're still pretending that this is about the safety of the women is just laughable. If that were truly the case, the same restrictions would apply to all kinds of medical clinics that perform minor surgery etc (vasectomies anyone?). Effectively calling out abortion clinics shows what the real intent of this legislation is. ”
“ Has Texas passed laws mandating more in-depth sex education, particularly on avoiding unwanted pregnancy? Free or cheaply available contraceptives? Improved child services, such as foster care? Financial aid and free healthcare to mothers with unwanted pregnancies who will bring the child to term and then give it up?
Or are they still doing only the "we're going to beat this dead horse while we pretend nothing killed it" strategy? ”
“ Average? No. Those most likely to have a hardship raising an unplanned kid? Often. Hormones don't contain themselves because money is tight; $5 can buy a few days of food. Teens can feel embarrassed buying them because our puritanical society says "sex == bad", and most aren't going to say "Wait we need to find a store that is open at 1 AM for condoms" in the heat of the moment.
But, even if neither of that was the case, I would still have no problem paying for contraception for others. No matter how you want to slice it, if someone who cannot financially support a kid winds up having one we pay for it in some way. The obvious way is welfare, but even if there wasn't welfare, we'd still be paying for the hospital bill from the delivery since the mother wouldn't be able to. Even if we didn't do that, someone born and raised in poverty is far more likely to be a criminal later in life, so we pay for the damage done, incarceration, or both.
And even if money was never an issue, I would still have no problem paying for contraception for others. More kids, planned or unplanned, means more resources used, which makes resources that are already limited that much more scarce and expensive. They require more land for housing and food, so there's an extra environmental impact. ”
NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports:
"The appeals court says most of a 2013 Texas law can now take effect. It requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic. And it requires such clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center.
"Abortion rights groups had argued neither measure was necessary to safeguard women's health. The decision is different from what the court ruled in a similar case in Mississippi, which said women should be able to get an abortion in the state where they live.
"The Texas ruling says it's clear some women choose to cross into New Mexico for abortions anyway. The ruling does exempt one clinic along the Mexican border, allowing it to stay open."
The appeals court delivered a 56-page ruling, saying: "the district court's judgment is AFFIRMED in part, MODIFIED in part, VACATED in part, and REVERSED in part."Read more...