Abortion Rights Group Gives U.S. a ‘D’

NARAL Pro-Choice America marks anniversary of Roe v. Wade by saying much more needs to be done

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Forty-one years after the Supreme Court established a woman’s right to abortion, a leading abortion rights group said Tuesday that the United States has a long way and deserves only a D-grade for reproductive freedom.

NARAL Pro-Choice America delivered that harsh assessment with the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling approaching this month. Since 2010, the group said, the enactment of laws increasing access to abortion has declined and 807 laws restricting access have been enacted since 1995. Half of the states received an F in the report, titled “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States.”

“The anti-choice War on Women did not slow down in 2013,” Ilyse Hogue, NARAL’s president, in the report. “Lawmakers passed bills that closed clinics, put new obstacles in the way of women seeking abortion care, and outright banned aborting after 20, 12 or as early as six weeks.”

North Dakota came in last place in the report, with 98 percent of its counties offering no abortion services. California got an A+ for adopting four laws that ease abortion access.

With Republican leaders in Washington looking to play down social issues in favor of focusing on the economy and the divisive health care reform law, abortion battles have moved to the states in recent years, with major fights in Ohio, North Carolina and Texas, among others. The NARAL report landed just after the Supreme Court declined to hear Arizona’s appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down its law banning abortion after 20 weeks.

“I think the report shows pro-lifers have been working very hard and have been successful,” said Carol Tobias, president of the anti-abortion group National Right to Life.

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TroyAndrews
TroyAndrews

The pro-life doesn't want to accept that a very large amount of people strongly disagree with their beliefs from top to bottom. Not a small amount, but a very large amount disagree with your pro-life assessment.


The pro-life fanatics push these laws that nobody wants. Pro-life religious fanatics have no power except for latching onto the republican party. they are hanger-ons. They are a loud minority and nobody wants roe v. wade overturned. When some of these laws are put up to democratic vote, they lose big time. It's very embarassing for pro-life movement. Even in Mississippi a religious fanatic red state, they lost big personhood law. They need a hired man to backdoor their laws onto the people.

jeff.johnson916
jeff.johnson916

Thoughtful, prayerful people don't care about this grade on this transcript. We are looking at a celestial, heavenly judgement of our efforts to stop this bloody murder which kills real people at the rate of 1.3 million per year in America alone (and 70% of these abortions are black and latino).

All of the momentum is with the pro-life movement, which is energized, unrelenting, and young.  This law will fall, along with Obama and all other politicians with innocent blood on their hands. 

curt3rd
curt3rd

Never understood howl liberals could justify not killing a murderer but are okay with killing a baby.

manslagt
manslagt

"North Dakota came in last place in the report, with 98 percent of its counties offering no abortion services."

Why would abortion clinics be needed in North Dakota? There are not many minorities there, and Planned Parenthood is all about reducing the number of minorities.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@jeff.johnson916 Because Jesus condoned imposing his religious beliefs on others against their will?


If no then explain why you should be able to do so.


If yes then quote scripture to support your jihad against individual choice of the individuals involved.


Are you God?

MementoMori
MementoMori

@curt3rd 

Never understood how conservatives could justify forcing a woman to give birth, but are okay if the mother and the child starve to death after it's born.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@curt3rd 

I'll give up my bodily autonomy, constitutional rights and most personal decisions to the government right after you do.

DrewHymer
DrewHymer

@La_Randy@jeff.johnson916 We should never impose our beliefs on others.

When a woman has an abortion, she, her husband and the abortionist are imposing their beliefs on the unborn child. And they're using lethal force to impose their views.

Since you don't think its right to impose views on others @La_Randy, you should join pro-lifers in opposing abortion.