Outdated and oppressive: US abortion laws tighten

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In 1973, the United States Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade determined that access to safe and legal abortion was a constitutional right.

However in 2019, 46 years after the decision was handed down, states are legislating some of the strongest abortion laws to date.

This week Alabama voted to ban all abortion including in cases of rape or incest, and for long-term prison sentences for those found to be offering the medical service.

This follows a number of ‘heartbeat bills’ being legislated in Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio preventing abortion after the detection of a heartbeat, approximately 6 weeks into pregnancy.

While it sounds extreme, these moves have been a long time coming as the pro-life, conservative movement continues to swell.

 

 

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