The laws surrounding reproductive health are changing across America every day. Consider this your cheat sheet.
Until now, consensual homosexual sex was a criminal action in Alabama. Now, civil rights organizations in the states are celebrating a state appeals court ruling the ban unconstitutional.
Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the country, so an initiative led by the University of Alaska will provide pregnancy tests in many bar bathrooms to urge people who may be pregnant without knowing it to "think before you drink." The group installing the pregnancy test dispensers also plans to put condoms in the bar restrooms, but they're not being covered with the state dollars designated for the program.
A bill that further redefines the state's current third trimester abortion ban has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, and it will make it even harder for women to get abortions due to medial concerns.
Governor Bobby Jindal is on a roll. He recently signed two bills that will 1) likely lead to the closure of all but one Louisiana abortion clinic and 2) limit sex education for many people in the state.
A GOP lawmaker in Michigan has introduced a bill that would make abortion completely illegal after a fetuses' heartbeat can be heard, which is about six weeks into pregnancy—before many women even know they are pregnant. If it passes, precedent suggests it will be deemed unconstitutional.
Regulations written to specifically close abortion clinics may soon be claiming Toledo's last abortion clinic, since it does not meet the requirement for the legally required transfer agreement with a local hospital.
While Texas reproductive health care providers are still fighting to push back the sweeping abortion law, we have at least one small victory. Two doctors previously revoked of their admitting privileges (essentially making them unable to provide legal abortions) had their privileges reinstated after suing for discrimination.
LAUREN MACK, SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT