Repro Wrap: Here Comes the Fall-Out From the Supreme Court’s Reproductive Rights Rulings

As Massachusetts deals with their new buffer-less cities, Montana feels confident their bubble is legally sound. In Minnesota a new Planned Parenthood is being protested despite it not offering abortion. In Ohio, a Cincinnati clinic may close after a judge has ruled its transfer agreement isn’t good enough to pass local muster, a sure sign that Ohio really is planning to pick off all of their clinics one by one.

The “medical experts” who run Operation Rescue are touting the death of a patient in Cleveland as a sign of the dangers of abortion. The argument lies on a massive amount of assumptions, of course. Considering the group can’t even seem to remember that a fetus that is just over 19 weeks gestation is not actually “a few days from Ohio’s legal limit,” which is 24 weeks gestation according to the later abortion ban Ohio passed in 2011, their medical knowledge should be taken with a grain of salt. Meanwhile, National Right to Life Committee’s Mary Spaulding Balch is admitting to the fact that abortion really isn’t more dangerous than childbirth, and is safer than many other medical procedures.

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is promising more abortion restrictions on a federal level if he is reelected and Republicans take over the Senate.

In good news this week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed the state’s new 72 hour abortion waiting period, which I surmised could potentially end abortion in the state. It’s not yet clear if the legislature has the votes to override, but the fact that they will be forced to do so now is a good start. Also, another attempt to undermine the Wichita abortion clinic by attacking the clinics owner has failed to gain any traction.