MSNBC: Celebrating freedom? In five states, the government can force a woman to give birth against her will

MSNBC: Celebrating freedom? In five states, the government can force a woman to give birth against her will

I have a piece at MSNBC today, about the five states that have implemented stringent new abortion access laws this week, a move that coincides with the celebration of America’s independence.

This week, Americans will celebrate the Declaration of Independence and recognize their nation’s growth from a rebellious colony to a fifty-state global superpower. But in five of these fifty states, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were curtailed for many people this week as their state governments enacted new restrictions on abortion access.

As Rachel Maddow noted on Monday night, there is little political action to speak of in Washington, D.C., at the moment. Right now, the action is in the states. And if you’re in a red state, it’s abortion restriction time.

In Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, and South Dakota, states in which it was already quite difficult to obtain an abortion, it just got even harder. Like Ohio, which last Sunday implemented a handful of abortion restrictions, most of these five states have erected several different kinds of roadblocks between constitutionally protected healthcare and the citizens who want to access it.

You can read the whole thing here.

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