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Attack on US abortion rights

Issue No. 1990

The state of South Dakota in the US last week passed a law which outlaws abortion. The only exception is for women whose lives are at risk.

Melody Drnach, from the National Organisation for Women in the US, told Socialist Worker, “In passing this law that bans all abortions except when the life of the woman is at stake, South Dakota legislators gave right wing zealots what they have been waiting for – another shot at Roe versus Wade.

“That landmark decision recognised a woman’s fundamental right to privacy in deciding whether to continue her pregnancy.

“By a vote of 50 to 18, state lawmakers virtually assured a legal battle that will reach the US supreme court. Given the breakdown of the court – whose two newest justices have a history of opposition to women’s rights – the outcome could well be a reversal of Roe versus Wade.”

Anne Quensey, director of the Abortion Rights group in Britain, said, “There have already been 400 laws passed in the US that limit women’s access to abortions – so this is in no way out of the blue.

“Anti-abortionists are also attempting to have all late term abortions outlawed. They are campaigning in an incredibly aggressive way.

“British anti-abortion campaigners are attempting to use the same aggressive tactics. We have to be aware of this. There are real threats to women’s rights to abortion.”


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Sat 4 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1990
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