Yet again, alarming reports of anti-choice legislation are emerging from the United States. This month sees a ban on abortions after 20 weeks in the state of Nebraska, on the grounds of foetal pain, the first law of its kind in the US and a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade. Read more
Meanwhile, Oklahoma is introducing no less than five pieces of legislation to curtail abortion rights, including regulations requiring a woman to undergo an ultrasound examination an hour before having an abortion, and requiring the completion of a detailed questionnaire containing questions on a woman’s race, marital status, age, education and number of pregnancies – with the information to be published on the internet. The move has been condemned as a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality: although the woman’s name will not appear online, publishing the material still risks identifying patients, particularly in small communities.
Finally, April saw a life sentence handed down to anti-abortion fanatic Scott Roeder, for the murder Dr George Tiller, a noted abortion provider in Kansas last year.