Abortions, Abortion - USA NEWS

MARIAN LEVINE FAVORS abortion rights, and at 72 the D.C retiree has witnessed a time of no legal abortion, the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion and a series of state laws regulating or restricting the procedure in the decades following. But only after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law this month outright banning the procedure – and threatening doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing it – did the reality of a world without Roe really hit home for her. “We have been taking this for granted,” Levine said at a pro-abortion rights rally in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Now that pro-abortion rights forces know the right “can be taken away again,” they are newly mobilized and motivated, she and other activists say. Once on defense, fighting efforts to chip away at abortion access, the forces are now on a very aggressive offense, worried that the legal right to an abortion nationwide will be tossed out. Abortion foes have been very successful in the past few decades in putting restrictions on abortion, winning passage of parental consent laws, waiting periods and other barriers. Tighter rules for clinics in some states have also made it harder for women, especially those who don’t have the funds or time off work to travel, to obtain abortions. Federal laws, such as the Hyde Amendment banning federal Medicaid funds from being used for abortion services, have added to legal restrictions on the procedure. But the Alabama…

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