Sunday, May 15, 2011

Missouri next state to clamp down on abortion rights [restored]

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Abortion: My Mind, My Body, My Choice

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And the wave of anti-choice legislation rolls on, now reaching Missouri:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Although already rare in Missouri, women seeking late-term abortions would face even more restrictions under legislation given final approval Thursday by state lawmakers who have been attempting for decades to gradually make it more difficult for abortions to occur.

The legislation sent to the governor would remove a general exception for a woman's health from an existing law against aborting viable fetuses. Instead, it would allow such abortions only when a woman's life is endangered or the pregnancy poses a serious risk of a permanent physical impairment.

Doctors who abort a viable fetus when a woman does not qualify for an exception could face prison sentences of up to seven years, fines up to $50,000 and the loss of their medical licenses. Hospitals and surgical centers allowing such abortions also could lose their state licenses.

It seems like it won’t be long now before these fetus fetishists attain the political clout to directly overturn Roe v. Wade and make their cruel, twisted, misogynistic brand of morality the law of the land in the United States.

(via @maddow)