Inspired by the annual NCAA March Madness tourney (Go Ducks!), I created this bracket with 32 of the worst states with bills/laws in the country for women. (I know the NCAA tourney starts with 64, but it was getting too depressing.)
How would you fill it out? Which law is the “champ?” (Hint: No matter how you fill it out, we all lose if these bills become law or those that are laws are not repealed.)
Print your bracket and fill it out now! Then share them with me and all the SCS readers! I’ll post pics of your picks!
Like the NCAA bracket, I’ve divided the offenders by region:
- North Dakota: No abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be found (roughly 6 weeks).
- South Dakota: New 72-hour waiting period, where weekends and holidays don’t count.
- Washington: SB5156 seeks to ban all abortions in that state.
- Arizona: Has parental consent law, 24-hour waiting period (PDF), and bans abortions after 12 weeks — but starts the gestational clock approximately two weeks before conception.
- New Mexico: Bill would criminalize abortion after rape as “tampering with evidence.”
- Utah: Enacted the precedent-setting longest waiting period in the country at 72 hours. Plus, new bill would require abortion providers to get more background information than required to purchase a gun.
- Montana: They’re looking at expanding parental notification laws.
- Idaho: The 20-week fetal pain ban was just overturned. But still.
- Arkansas: The state Legislature has just passed a veto-override of a 12-week abortion ban.
- Oklahoma: 20-week abortion ban on the books -plus- a personhood bill. AND, new, tighter rules on parental consent.
- Mississippi: The sole abortion clinic in the state is in danger of closing and faces violence on a daily basis -and- one of those pesky personhood bills. PLUS, you can’t talk about condoms in sex ed.
- Texas: Plans are in the works for a 20-week abortion ban as well as a TRAP bill. Plus, they have a legacy of hating on sex education.
- Alabama: Mulling a law combining Mississippi’s admitting-privileges law with Virginia’s building regulations law (see below).
- Florida: Abortion ban bill introduced on 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. Classy.
- Louisiana: Already has a 20-week abortion ban on the books.
- Georgia: A 20-week abortion ban is being challenged in the courts right now.
- Kansas: New abortion omnibus bill defines fertilization as the start of life, bans all abortions, and essentially requires physicians to lie to their patients. Awesome. And, abortion providers are banned from volunteering at schools. (Bonus: The legacy of Dr. Tiller’s murder.)
- Iowa: Republican introduces bill classifying abortion as murder.
- Tennessee: Lawmakers are looking to make abortion restrictions, like ultrasound requirements, placed into their state constitution.
- Missouri: Folks want to expand the “Right to Deny” law, which allows health care providers to opt-out of offering care for religious reasons.
- Michigan: Transvaginal ultrasound bill pops up in Michigan, just months after their governor signed a host of anti-abortion bills into law.
- Nebraska: New legislation forced a woman to deliver her terminally ill baby at 22 weeks, only to watch it gasp for air and die in her arms 15 minutes later.
- Wisconsin: Passed legislation last year prohibiting medication abortion (RU486).
- Indiana: Bill requiring abortion clinics to be built to surgical clinic standards -plus- anti-choicers have launched a smear campaign against RU486, a pharmaceutical form of abortion.
- New York: The state, which has largely good reproductive health laws, is locked in a battle about expanding rights for women. No matter how that works out, New York has an archaic definition of rape that excludes anal sex, which let off an off-duty cop who raped a woman last year. Plus, they have a law on the books that allows cops to arrest women for carrying too many condoms (as evidence of prostitution).
- Virginia: Just passed a law requiring abortion clinics to have the same building regulations as hospitals (TRAP).
- North Carolina: New TRAP bill (an admitting-privileges requirement bill) in the works.
- South Carolina: TRAP laws, 12-week abortion ban, allows physicians to refuse to provide information, and much more (NARAL).
- Ohio: Heartbeat-bill proponents are locked in battle with Medicaid expansion proponents.
- New Jersey: Has an unenforceable abortion ban on the books, TRAP laws, and allows physicians to withhold information from female patients, according to NARAL.
- Pennsylvania: Waiting periods, physician refusal laws, roadblocks to low-income women and more. PA gets an F grade from NARAL.
- West Virgina: Has ban on abortion after 12 weeks, a 24-hour waiting period, and requires notice given to parents (PDF).