Remember what comes next

Via Kevin Drum, here’s your little reminder of one of Republican’s goals (there’s more here):

The 20-week bans are just the most high-profile component of larger pieces of legislation whose goal is to make it impossible for women to get abortions at all, no matter what the stage of their pregnancies. The bills are inevitably crafted with provisions that will shut down as many abortion clinics as possible. Abortion clinics often require doctors from out of state to travel to the clinic, because of the harassment, threats, and even assassinations that local doctors have been subject to? Then we’ll require that every doctor have admitting privileges at a hospital within a certain number of miles, which out-of-state doctors won’t have. And we’ll throw in some rules on how wide your hallways need to be (not kidding), meaning in order to stay open you’d have to do hundreds of thousands of dollars of remodeling. Failing that, we’ll make sure that women who need abortions will have to suffer as much inconvenience, expense, and humiliation as possible.

It’s these provisions, much more than the 20-week bans, that will make the largest difference for women in these states. Depending on what state they’re in, they’ll have to travel far—in some cases hundreds of miles—pay for hotels because of waiting periods, get lectures from doctors required to lie to their patients about things like a fictional link between abortion and breast cancer, and submit to forced and medically unnecessary procedures.

The goal of these bills is to ultimately get rid of all abortions–note that by making places that perform abortions shut down, they effectively make abortions illegal in all cases which is their goal. And remember also that many of these groups also want to make contraception illegal or at least much harder to get.

As with many things, there is a growing difference in the percent of people who want to ban most abortions in the  regions in the country –so women will be mostly ok in my region (where 75% say abortion should be legal in most cases), but not in the South Central (where only 40% say it should be legal in most cases).

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