Safe, legal...but impossible to get?
September 15, 2011 7:22 PM   Subscribe

The number of restrictions on abortion enacted on state-level has increased dramatically since the 2010 midterm elections. Remapping Debate presents an interactive graph visualizing the various states' restrictions. [via Feministing]
posted by Bukvoed (26 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Some quick thoughts on how this could have been more effective:
-Default custom weighting based on Guttmacher or CDC estimates of policy on abortion rates. User can customize from there.
-Ability to rank states by category.
-Ability to weight specific policies within the categories.
-Bug fixes, especially regarding performance.

It's still interesting, though.
posted by michaelh at 8:07 PM on September 15, 2011


tdd;cr
too damn depressing; can't read
posted by five fresh fish at 9:00 PM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


How do I make it show all 50 states instead of cutting off the list roughly halfway?
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 9:01 PM on September 15, 2011


Why fuss over complicated charts when you can just come visit Canada - We'll bring out the kid in you!
posted by CynicalKnight at 9:10 PM on September 15, 2011 [12 favorites]


So I guess we have a conservation of social rights going on here. Hais get the right to serve in the military, and marry in some states, so women lose the right to an abortion. Sorry fems, better luck next century.
posted by happyroach at 9:17 PM on September 15, 2011


Must be performed by a licensed physician

Abortion must be performed at a hospital after a certain period of development


Heaven forfend.
posted by shii at 9:29 PM on September 15, 2011






Abort Republican Party. Problem solved.
Next?
posted by Goofyy at 10:12 PM on September 15, 2011


I read The Handmaid's Tale recently. I don't like where you guys are heading with this...
posted by Harald74 at 12:29 AM on September 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


The article and the chart missed a very-recent setback in Texas. Unfortunately, the chart needs to be updated with a new gray square for Texas. Our state legislature couldn't figure out how to properly fund schools for the kids we've got, but they worked overtime to protect the rights of fetuses. We have a law that requires the pregnant woman to see an ultrasound, hear a heartbeat, listen to a doctor deliver an anti-abortion speech (even if the doctor doesn't agree), and then mull it over for 24 hours before her legal medical procedure. It's being fought in the courts, and I think it'll be overturned, but it's a law in our books right now. Thanks Governor Goodhair!
posted by Houstonian at 3:20 AM on September 16, 2011


They're all for small government, as long as it is gigantic enough to tell you what you can do in your bedroom or in a private visit with your doctor...
posted by hippybear at 4:28 AM on September 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Virginia was feeling left out of The Conservatard Race Back To The Nineteenth Century©, so yesterday the Department of Health passed sweeping changes for the 22 abortion providers in the state. If the governor signs the changes, all of the clinics will likely shut down - along with all the services they provide.

Changes include:

-all hallways must be 5 feet wide
-there must be a clear 8 foot wide area outside all procedure rooms
-there must be a parking space for every bed (even though abortions are outpatient)
-requirements for the number and brand of sinks and toilets
-requirements for sophisticated air handling equipment
-allows Department of Health officials to enter at anytime with or without identification

Oh, and remember, this is from the folks who believe in "small government" and "regulations are killing business". May they all fall down the stairs.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 5:31 AM on September 16, 2011 [7 favorites]


Previously re: Georgia bill proposing holding women criminally liable for miscarrying.
posted by litnerd at 5:38 AM on September 16, 2011


Yeah...The next 10 years or so are going to be real interesting. "Interesting" as in the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times."
posted by Thorzdad at 5:51 AM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think we are heading for a Perry Presidency. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be stepping down at some point in the next few years and her replacement will undoubtedly swing the Supreme Court to the Right. At that point, who knows? We may see a return to the days when Abortion was legal only in a few states like New York and California.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:43 AM on September 16, 2011


In Perry's second term, there'll probably be a constitutional convention to enshrine in the constitution anti-abortion policies and "marriage = one man and one woman". Along the way they'll pass advancements to outlaw income tax, and restrict the overreach of the 1st, and 3rd through 14th amendments. Assuming we don't invade Canada first.
posted by happyroach at 8:58 AM on September 16, 2011


You're all acting like there's nothing you can do to stop the inevitable Perry presidency.

No wonder we're this screwed already.
posted by saulgoodman at 9:24 AM on September 16, 2011


America the Quiverfull.
posted by Aquaman at 10:46 AM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


They're all for small government, as long as it is gigantic enough to tell you what you can do in your bedroom or in a private visit with your doctor...

I like to say the Repubs want to shrink government down to a size that will fit in your bedroom.
posted by MikeKD at 12:59 PM on September 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Regulation on the state level is pretty direct, immediate, personal. I think that the states are leading the way to Sharia Law.
posted by ohshenandoah at 2:32 PM on September 16, 2011


Back-Door Anti-Abortion
posted by homunculus at 3:55 PM on September 16, 2011


Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be stepping down at some point in the next few years and her replacement will undoubtedly swing the Supreme Court to the Right.

Ginsburg herself recently said that if she were nominated today, she probably wouldn't get confirmed.
posted by homunculus at 3:58 PM on September 16, 2011


I think that the states are leading the way to Sharia Law.

Um... no. The states are leading the way into restrictive "Christian"-inspired laws which dictate behavior. This has nothing to do with restrictive Islam in particular, and in general has nothing to do with the system of recommendations of behavior which many Muslims follow which collectively falls under the name "Sharia".

Compare it to the Puritans and their restrictive community covenants. Compare it to the dark ages and people being burned as witches and persecuted in other ways. But there's no need to try to conflate this movement in the US which is largely Christianity inspired with some confused concept of what Sharia actually means. That's just a form of cultural bigotry which has no place in this discussion.
posted by hippybear at 4:04 PM on September 16, 2011 [2 favorites]






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