Conservative states beef up abortion policies

MANHATTAN — It’s a private decision that’s been debated publicly for decades: a woman’s right to have an abortion.

Progressive states like Illinois and New York have lately taken steps to protect a woman’s choice to have the procedure — but more and more conservative states are passing abortion bans.

“This is really dangerous what they’re trying to do to a woman’s right to choose,” says Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Missouri has taken this abortion ban to the next level. Last Friday morning, Missouri’s Health Department said it will not renew the license of the state’s only abortion clinic. If the St. Louis clinic were to close, Missouri would become the only U.S. state without a legal abortion clinic.

Last week, the US House of Representatives passed a Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations package that included the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortions.

The bill, which funds the Pentagon, energy programs, as well as state and labor departments — also bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion services — except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

Democratic leaders who supported the $1 trillion appropriations package — like Fil-Am Representatives TJ Cox of California and Bobby Scott of Virginia — defended their move, saying the measure also includes other provisions that would roll back some of the Trump administration’s anti-abortion policies

Pro-choice advocates are stepping up in their respective states. Rhode Island democratic Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law on Wednesday a bill that allows abortion up until the moment of birth.

Meanwhile, New York City announced on Friday that it has set aside $250,000 in its 2020 city budget to help low-income citizens access abortions — making New York the first city in the U.S. To fund abortion services.

“Low-income women, predominantly women of color are the ones that are locked in the health care system and aren’t able to get abortion access,” said Corey Johnson.

Some Pinoys in the Big Apple are not too happy about the decision.

“I am pro-life and I believe abortion is murder.”

While 12 states have passed laws restricting abortion access this year,  besides New York and Rhode Island, Maine, Illinois, Vermont, and Nevada have also passed measures this year to protect or expand abortion access.

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