Planned Parenthood declares a & # 39; state of emergency & # 39; for women's health because six states pass on strict & # 39; heartbeat & # 39; accounts to curb abortions – and Missouri threatens to close its only clinic
- Planned Parenthood released a report on Thursday announcing the state of emergency for women's health
- It discusses several states that have recently violated abortion laws, including Alabama, Georgia and Ohio
- The organization has filed a lawsuit in Missouri because the state's only abortion clinic can be closed on June 1
- Currently, six states have only one abortion care provider
Planned Parenthood declared & # 39; state of emergency & # 39; to limit women's health after passing laws in different states or almost prohibit abortion.
The organization claims that these new laws threaten access to abortion, birth control and reproductive health, according to the report it was released on Thursday.
Several states have introduced or adopted bills that have limited abortion beyond the first quarter, including Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Ohio.
And on June 1, Missouri & # 39; s only abortion clinic can be closed because the state threatens not to renew its license.
Planned Parenthood argues that these measures will not stop abortions and will only lead to unsafe – and potentially deadly – ablations in the alley.
In the meantime, hundreds have taken to the streets and are protesting against their local authorities after these bills have been legally signed.
Planned Parenthood has issued a report expressing a state of emergency after several states have imposed strict abortion restrictions. Pictured: Protesters hold signs during their demonstration in support of Planned Parenthood and protest the possible closure of Missouri & # 39; s last abortion clinic, May 2019
According to the report, 303 abortion reduction laws were submitted in 47 states this year.
Six states – Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio – have all adopted restrictive abortion laws after six weeks of pregnancy.
Alabama passed what is perhaps the most extreme limitation, and prohibits abortion from the moment a woman & # 39; knows she is pregnant & # 39 ;.
There are no exceptions for rape and incest, and doctors who perform abortions can be accused of a crime and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
In Texas, a failed law proposed criminalizing abortion and making it possible for women to be punished by the death penalty.
& # 39; Everywhere in the country we see unprecedented attacks on women's health, especially in states that already have some of the worst health outcomes for women and children & # 39 ;, said Planned Parenthood President, Dr. Leana Wen in a statement .
& # 39; We must consider this serious threat to women's health as any other public health emergency. & # 39;
In response to these measures, Planned Parenthood has filed lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri.
In Alabama, the organization states that the new law violates Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US.
In Missouri, Plant Parenthood is requesting a restraining order that allows the clinic to continue offering abortions after the state license expires on Friday.
Dr. Wen told Huffington Post that these invoices are the most color-damaged women, trans women and women living in rural areas or do not have the means to travel to obtain an abortion.
& # 39; In this context, we are further cutting access to healthcare and that is directly endangering the lives of women & # 39 ;, she said.
On Thursday, hundreds of protesters are marching in support of Planned Parenthood in a demonstration in St. Louis, protesting against the possible closure of Missouri & # 39; s last abortion clinic.
Protesters also appeared outside the Louisiana State Capitol. Yesterday, legislators adopted an abortion ban that Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to sign.
The so-called & # 39; heartbeat bill & # 39; prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat that can be detected, which is already in the sixth week of pregnancy, before some women even know they are pregnant.
Hundreds wore bright pink T-shirts on the front: & # 39; We Stand With Planned Parenthood & # 39; on the front side.
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