The Southern states of Arkansas and Missouri seem to be in a race to see who can pass “the most restrictive, possibly unconstitutional regulations on abortion access,” reports Kimberly Lawson.
On Tuesday, the ACLU, the ACLU of Arkansas, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit challenging four extreme anti-abortion provisions recently passed by Arkansas, three of which will go into effect July 30.
“Arkansas’s law would effectively ban second-trimester abortions and require that family members be notified of a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy. Missouri’s puts incredibly stringent restrictions on the last remaining clinic in the state,” says Lawson.
Meanwhile, in Missouri, the House passed a comprehensive proposal full of creatively cruel ways to punish women who have had an abortion or used contraception, such as banning abortion clinics from asking ambulances to avoid using sirens or flashing lights.
“According to data from the Guttmacher Institute, in just the first three months of 2017, legislators introduced 431 provisions that would restrict access to abortion services,” the ACLU said.