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A New Frontier for Abortion
There's a growing movement that may make any abortion regulation by any state moot.
Thanks to the internet and advancement of chemical abortion in the form of RU-486, women are coming closer and closer to the ability to do "do-it-yourself" abortions. And, depending on the outcome of a case currently wending through the Federal courts, there won't be anything states can do about it, no matter how many feticide laws they pass.
In a way, it will take abortion back to the days of pre-Roe V. Wade but with a twist. The internet will provide tele-medicine sites to those states that out law it, will provide the prescription and medication from states that allow it, even to those states where it's illegal, and there will be nothing those states can do about it and no coat hangers involved.
Is this safe? Not as safe as a physical doctor and clinic. But it's a helluva lot safer than a coat hanger and Kansas and other states have made it crystal clear they could care less about the safety of women in their draconian anti-abortion laws. Anti-abortion groups used to try and use "safety of women" as one of their "concerns" in passing TRAP laws but now they don't even bother to do that. One should thank them for their new and increasing honesty about their real agenda.
In the meantime, other groups are forming like The Women's Above Ground Railway, a group formed initially in Virginia but now growing nationally, who provide transportation for women in anti-abortion states to states where it's legal and provide them financial support. for the procedure. There is also Women on Waves, an international organization taking ships to countries where abortion is completely outlawed and taking women into international waters for the procedure. They are significant in the US because they are one of the "shadow providers" of RU-486 to women in states like Kansas, Texas, Alabama, Idaho and the Dakotas.
In the end, women WILL wrest control of their own bodies from others, no matter what someone's "God" tells them, no matter whether they like it or not and no matter how many laws states pass. They can drive the procedure underground but it won't disappear. It's always been there and always will be. At least we can make sure women don't die from it, even in states that prefer it that way.