Last week the National Partnership for Women & Families released a study examining the 353 anti-choice restrictions introduced in state legislatures over the last five years. The study paints anti-choice conservative lawmakers as desperate to end abortion by any means necessary and all too eager to employ lies, misinformation, and vicious stereotypes to get what they want.
According to the analysis, of the 353 anti-abortion restrictions introduced in state legislatures since 2010, 251 of the restrictions in 37 states are based on common anti-choice lies and a whopping 150 restrictions are based on misinformation about abortion providers. Anti-choice Republicans are so desperate to deny women their legal right to access abortion they are championing legislation predicated on a reality that is not based in scientific or medical truth. Conservative state lawmakers are passing hundreds of anti-abortion laws that are based on lies about the safety of the procedure, the mental health impacts of abortion, and abortion providers.
Much of the aggressively pro-choice bills are based on model, “fill in the blank” legislation that is written by anti-choice groups who prey on lawmakers too lazy to write their own bills. Americans United for Life, the National Right to Life Committee, and the Susan B. Anthony List are a few of the groups with hundreds of pre-written bills on hand to pass off to state Republican lawmakers. Having hundreds of pre-packaged bills on hand allows Republicans to submit a barrage of legislation at the beginning of the session and then sit back and see what manages to stick.
Republicans are manipulating the legislative process to accommodate their religious, political, and personal beliefs instead of relying on medical research. A dozen states require providers to tell patients that fetuses can feel pain, despite a complete lack of scientific evidence. Nearly half of all states require abortion clinics to be outfitted like ambulatory care centers, despite research showing that abortion procedures are safer than wisdom teeth removal, which is performed in a non-surgical dentist’s office.
“The leading medical societies, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, are on the record stating that obstacles to abortion care pose a threat to women’s health. Abortion opponents need to learn that legislating something doesn’t make it true, and that when they lie we’re going to call them out.”
According to Sarah Lipton-Lubet, director of health programs at the National Partnership, “the leading medical societies, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, are on the record stating that obstacles to abortion care pose a threat to women’s health. Abortion opponents need to learn that legislating something doesn’t make it true, and that when they lie we’re going to call them out.”
It’s time for us to tell conservative lawmakers that enough is enough. We need to start holding politicians accountable and fight back against them using lies to push their right wing, pro-life agenda. Sign the pledge to stop politicians from using lies to push abortion out of reach here.