There is a movement in several states to pass as many laws as possible and make them as restrictive as possible in order to prevent women from being able to get abortions easily. This type of legislation has been passing left and right in recent years. Just a few examples of what some states are implementing include requiring ultrasounds or counseling, banning abortions after a certain number of weeks, removing funding from public abortion services such as those provided by Planned Parenthood and closing abortion clinics outright. Some of these restrictions are so tough that it makes it nearly impossible for women to get the procedure without jumping through a thousand hoops.
Some states, however, are taking an opposite approach to the situation. California, New York, Washington and a few other states are looking to pass laws which actually make abortions easier or set up provisions which would make it difficult for future laws to impose restrictions. By increasing access to abortion and funding for people who can’t afford medical care, they are setting a new trend in the way that governments can handle this controversial subject.
The California law that is making the news as of late is one that would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives to all be able to perform abortions. They would only be able to perform aspiration abortions on women in their first trimester, but this is still an expanded base of trained medical staff that can help make the procedure more accessible. The law would start by only allowing people who have been approved, but would eventually expand to encompass a much greater number.
The reason behind this movement that bucks the restrictive trend is a need to improve access for women to receive proper health care. The federal laws concerning abortion are vague and do not address many of the issues which are prompting more conservative states to enact restrictive measures. In order to maintain proper access to abortion, states such as California are putting up their own laws to defend against future threats.
It is a shame that so many women must deal with the oppressive laws of the states that they live in, but a relief to see that some are seeking to fight against the tide. If enough adopt this viewpoint, then perhaps the federal government will finally step up and take efforts to make these rights universal so that women everywhere will enjoy the same freedoms.