State-level restrictions are erasing legal access to abortion: Editorial

An excellent editorial on access to abortion services. The last two paragraphs say it all.

“…And keep in mind the question: When is a right no longer a right?

Because when it comes to abortion, in many parts of the country, the correct answer would be “right now.””

Central Oregon Coast NOW

By PennLive Editorial Board
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on June 10, 2016

Abortion gavel

When is a right no longer a right?

That’s a question pro-choice proponents are asking in the midst of a recent spike in never-ending efforts to dilute, undermine, chip away at and otherwise render hollow the right of women to access safe, legal abortions.

Locally, the question arose during a recent all-out – but, blessedly, abandoned – assault on abortion rights in Pennsylvania.

The Republican-led state House in April fast-tracked a bill that would have significantly shortened the window for abortions and banned the safe and common technique known as dilation and evacuation (D&E).

Thankfully, plans for a floor debate and vote were dropped as quickly as they were proposed amid strident opposition. At least for the time being.

But that hasn’t been the case elsewhere.

Take Louisiana.

Lawmakers this month took a page from Pennsylvania’s book (actually…

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