The anti-abortion movement unveils its post-Roe plans, and they are appalling
The country’s oldest and largest anti-abortion group has revealed itself absolutely appalling model legislation that not only proposes a near-total state ban on abortion—even for a pregnant person who commits suicide—but would criminalize it share information about abortion pills online or by phone. It predicts an ever-worsening hell of criminalization, government surveillance, and maternal mortality.
Robin Marty, an abortion rights attorney and clinician in Alabama highlighted the model legislation on Monday on Twitter. It is essentially a model law that would help Republican lawmakers propose pre-written legislation in their respective state legislatures — which they undoubtedly will.
in one press release from June 15, the National Committee on the Right to Life said that if the Supreme Court falls over Roe v. calf– as it seems likely to do from the end of June—States it should pass model law that would prohibit abortion unless it is imminently necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or when “delaying involves a serious risk of significant and irreversible physical impairment of an important bodily function”. Literally anything but these scenarios? Sorry, no abortion. (It doesn’t count, the organization says, if a pregnant woman is openly suicidal.) bill says the abortion should be “carried out in such a manner as will offer the unborn child the best chance of survival”.
“With this model law, we are laying out a roadmap for the right-to-life movement so that in a post-roe As a society, we can protect many mothers and their children from the tragedy of abortion,” NRLC President Carol Tobias said in a statement Wednesday. The NRLC publication Expectations “The model law ensures that a pregnant woman is not punished under criminal or civil law,” it doesn’t matter more than 1,300 people were criminalized between 2006 and 2020 for their pregnancy outcomes.
The model legislation would also criminalize anyone who supports or encourages illegal abortion, including telling someone how to use it abortion pills or hosting a website that explains where people can get said pills. Of the text:
Assisting in an illegal abortion should include, but is not limited to: (1) providing instructions over the telephone, the Internet, or any other medium of communication regarding self-performed abortions or means of obtaining an illegal abortion; (3) hosting or maintaining a website or providing an Internet service that promotes or facilitates efforts to obtain an illegal abortion; (4) offering or providing illegal “abortion doula” services; and (5) referral to an illegal abortion provider.
If the abortion ban debate sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s already happened in the US: The Comstock Act of 1873 made it illegal to spread information about it birth control and abortifacients.
At the legislature legal action the tip over roe Abortion will not be banned – that it would simply send the decision back to the states – not only do they ignore the existence of trigger lawsbut also the existence of national lobby organizations willing to make it as easy as possible for states to ban abortion and criminalize speech.
Republicans claim to be the party of liberty. Apparently this is what freedom looks like to them.