House Republicans try to make it even harder for poor women to have early abortions

  • 10/07/2019 7:31 am ET Elizabeth Rogers

Granddaughters of the women who won the right for safe abortions need to march again in 2019 America

During a time where Roe V. Wade is facing an existential threat from SCOTUS, congressional Republicans are continuing to do everything in their power to make even early abortion medication inaccessible, despite the 1973 ruling that a woman has the right to choose.

U.S. House Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) recently introduced a bill, the Support and Value Expectant Moms and Babies Act of 2019, with 37 Republican co-sponsors. This legislation aims to prevent the use of telemedicine or mail for medication abortion, prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from approving new medication abortion drugs, and prevent labeling changes for already approved drugs.

The medication form of abortion has grown in popularity, especially for women who live in rural areas. There is a lot of ease that comes along with this option. However, lawmakers don’t seem to care about the ease or the growing need for access. Rather, they are continuing to try and restrict access and limit availability.

While the pro-life activists have failed to completely ban medication abortion, they have been successful in some areas. Today, 34 states require that medication abortion is only administered by a licensed physician - even though, there is no sufficient evidence to support this demand.

Separately, 18 states have outlawed having a medical abortion administered via telemedicine - a service in rural areas in which a woman can go to a local clinic and video conference with a licensed physician who performs abortions. If the physician determines that the woman is making an appropriate decision, she can pick up the medication abortion right there at the clinic.

Although the 1973 ruling was put into place decades ago, pro-life activists are still working to interfere with a woman’s right to choose. Regardless, medication abortion has proven to be convenient for a woman exercising her right to choose.

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