Number of the Day

[Content Note: War on agency.]

Five: The number of anti-choice bills introduced by Republican legislators in the first three days of the new session of Congress.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) this week introduced four new anti-choice bills in the Senate, including a measure to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level.

...Vitter's proposed requirement that abortion providers obtain admitting privileges with a local hospital would likely close many safe, legal clinics for no sound medical reason, which has already happened in Texas and other states.

His proposed ban on sex-selective abortions is one that reproductive rights activists decry as being both unnecessary and racist.

And under the guise of "non-discrimination," another bill would allow health-care providers to refuse women abortion care even in cases of emergency.

Combined with the U.S. House's speedy introduction of a national 20-week abortion ban bill on Tuesday, Republican legislators introduced a total of five anti-choice bills in the first three days of the new Congress.
Following the midterm election in November, Republicans have control of both the House and the Senate, meaning these proposals now have a greater chance of passing. Let's hope President Obama is ready with his veto pen.

[H/T to Imani.]

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