Planned Parenthood and the ACLU declare a legal war on three states
The abortion giant Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have filed suit to challenge abortion laws in three states.
The groups seek to strike down a North Carolina law banning abortion after 20 weeks (5 months), an Alaskan law preventing health centers from performing abortions past the first trimester (almost 4 months), and a Missouri law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and to perform abortions in facilities that meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center.
“We filed today’s lawsuits to send a clear message: From Alaska to North Carolina—and every state in between—we will continue to fight until every woman has the dignity to make decisions about her body, her family, and her future. Our bodies, our rights, and our clinics are not going anywhere,” the ACLU said in an online blog post.
The group asserted that the North Carolina law forces abortionists to delay “caring for women until their condition imposes an immediate threat of death or major medical damage,” and that the Alaskan law means that some mothers will be “traveling out of state to access the care (abortion) they need.” It also said that the Missouri law has reduced those able to comply to one facility.
“We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy,” Planned Parenthood’s chief medical officer, Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, said in a teleconference according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
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