Chipping Away at Abortion Access


Some anti-abortion activists contend that the new class of laws targeting abortion providers with onerous regulations are merely an effort to protect women from “unsafe” clinics. They argue that laws like the one enacted recently in Kansas aren’t intended to end abortion. But now that one of the three clinics in Kansas looks likely to survive the new regulations, anti-abortion activists in the state are bemoaning the fact that the current law doesn’t go far enough.

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas expects to be granted a license to continue operating, despite the stricter new laws imposed on a tight time frame. And Personhood Kansas is none too pleased that their backdoor ban failed to succeed in ending safe, legal abortion in the state. From their press release Monday:

“The legislature has passed every abortion regulation imaginable. No baby is safe from the grasp of the abortionists until the personhood of every human being is affirmed by law,” explained Committee Chairman, Bruce Garren.

Anti-abortion groups and lawmakers have been busy this year advancing laws that seek to make it difficult, if not impossible, for women to have an abortion. This type of legislation is no exception—it’s just another measure they’re using to chip away access to a federally affirmed right.

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.