GOP controlled legislatures across the county have created a surge in anti-abortion bills and bills that attack women’s rights.
According to NARAL the number of anti-abortion bills this year is already close to 400. Last year there was only 174 similar anti-abortion bills that were introduced.
Republicans ran in 2010 on job creation and deficit reduction but have used many of their newfound majorities across the country to attack women’s reproductive rights, as well as the rights of public employees.
Consider that 374 anti-abortion bills were introduced in state legislatures this year, 200 more than last year, said Ted Miller, spokesman for NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Of those, 61 bills in 25 states focus on prohibiting health insurance coverage for abortions. Another 20 in 10 states make ultrasounds mandatory before abortions.
And just this week, Kansas became the second state in the nation, after Nebraska, to sign a “fetal pain” law that bans abortions after 21 weeks based on the premise that “fetuses can feel pain beginning after the 21st week of pregnancy,” according to a statement by Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s office.
Brownback also signed into law Tuesday a bill requiring minors who seek abortions to obtain consent from both parents. The law places certain prohibitions on late-term abortions.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed a bill banning state tax credits for donations to Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers.
The law also prohibits public funding for abortion training at universities and hospitals for physicians, said state Rep. Debbie Lesko, a Republican who was the prime sponsor of the new laws.