It would seem to any reasonable person watching the drama unfold in the 2012 Presidential race that efforts in our Nation would involve economics, trade and green, sustainable energy initiatives but instead, the focus has been on abortion and contraceptives. Acting as if the negation of our right to privacy will fix all of America’s woes, the candidates and their constituents at the State level have centered their efforts on this single issue despite the Supreme Court’s decision to protect not only the right to choose on abortion but also the right to utilize birth control.
Acting to enhance this initiative, a recent decision by the Virginia’s House of Delegates and Senate which requires a woman to view an ultrasound of the fetus 24 hours before the procedure and demands that the physician performing it to show the results to the patient. Similarly in
Further standing as evidence of their contradictory stance on many issues facing this nation, the proponents of anti-choice from the right speak vehemently about wasted money and banning tax payer derived funding for Planned Parenthood but are spending millions of dollars to negate the Supreme Court’s decisions on the matter.
“Even without a direct assault on Roe through the Supreme Court, the cost to states to defend abortion restrictions can run high.
Kansas, for example, has spent nearly $400,000 in legal bills in six months defending new laws to restrict abortion this year, according to the attorney general's office. Of the total, $237,834 was spent on private lawyers defending efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of federal family planning funds. Kansas
Planned Parenthood was paid $623,000 in fees by
resulting from two challenges to abortion laws over a decade. This did not count the state's own attorney hours and resources, according to Jennifer O. Aulwes, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, South Dakota Minnesota, North Dakota, . South Dakota
The state's Legislative Research Council estimated that the cost of defending a law passed in March requiring a three-day waiting period for an abortion could be between $1.7 and $4 million, according to executive director James Fry.
chose not to appeal a preliminary injunction. South Dakota
abortion law is before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A donation-funded "life protection" subfund to defend abortion laws has a balance of $63,387, according to Sara Rabern, spokes woman for the attorney general's office. South Dakota
Other states in court over abortion-related restrictions passed this year include
Indiana, North Dakota, North Carolina, Oklahomaand .” Texas