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The primary goal of those who oppose abortion is the overturn of Roe v. Wade. However, without control of the Supreme Court and unable to muster support for a constitutional ban on abortion, anti-choice forces have resorted to an incremental strategy.
Instead of a broad assault on the right to choose, they come at Roe from the fringes, enacting an ever-increasing number of state restrictions on a woman's right to choose and blocking access to abortion wherever and however they can. Waiting periods, informed consent requirements, bans on public funding, insurance prohibitions, unnecessary clinic regulations — these laws are not designed to protect women. Instead, they are designed to deter women from choosing abortion and to make it more difficult and burdensome to obtain for those that do.
Young Women & Abortion
Since minors can't vote, they represent a safe target for anti-choice lawmakers bent on restricting reproductive freedom for all American women.
Many young women turn to their parents when they are considering an abortion, yet some cannot involve their parents because they come from homes where physical or emotional abuse are prevalent or because their pregnancies are the result of incest. The government cannot mandate healthy family communication where it does not already exist and there is no law that can account for every situation that a young woman in crisis may face.
There are multiple bills in Missouri state legislation that would affect young women's rights to safe, legal abortion like this one that seeks to require both parents' consent before a minor receives an abortion.
Equal Access for Low-Income Women and Women of Color
While barriers to reproductive freedom affect all women, women of color and low-income women face unique obstacles that jeopardize their reproductive rights and health. As a result, the reproductive health needs of many low-income women and women of color are going unmet in the United States.
A complex array of factors, from egregious historical discrimination to socioeconomic constraints, impairs minority and low-income women’s access to the full range of reproductive health care options. We must overcome these obstacles to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding reproductive choices.
Mifepristone offers women an early, safe and effective medical alternative to surgical abortion. Mifepristone received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2000, after more than a decade of delays caused by anti-choice activists and lawmakers.
Under the current FDA-approved regimen, it is administered by a woman's doctor and requires several visits to a clinic or doctor's office. The drug also holds promise for the treatment of other health conditions such as breast cancer, endometriosis and Cushing's disease.
Anti-choice lawmakers are now moving to block access to this drug. At the federal and state levels, lawmakers have proposed legislation designed to curtail the availability of mifepristone and limit the number of doctors who can prescribe it.