I have a piece today in The Age, an Australian major daily, about why American abortion politics are one American trend Australia can’t afford to follow:
Personhood amendments. Mandatory ultrasounds. Calls to make it illegal for rape and incest victims to have abortions (Governor McDonnell again). Funding cuts to Planned Parenthood, the organisation that provides low-cost cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and, yes, abortion in a country where 40 million people don’t have health insurance. Legislation that allows employers to decide whether their workers get birth control cover. This is the new political landscape around women’s health in America.
Before you start shaking your head and rolling your eyes at those puritanical Americans and their wish to control women’s bodies, you should know that personhood is for export.
You can read the rest here.