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New US Legislative Abortion Restrictions Diminish Women Healthcare - ACLU

© AP Photo / Eric GayAnti-abortion advocates march to the Texas Capitol during a Texas Rally for Life in Austin.
Anti-abortion advocates march to the Texas Capitol during a Texas Rally for Life in Austin. - Sputnik International
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American Civil Liberties Union said that abortion restrictions introduced by US legislators deny access to needed legal medical procedures.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Abortion restrictions introduced by US legislators deny access to needed legal medical procedures, instead of enhancing care for women, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement.

“We all want women to be safe, but these laws aren’t about improving care for women. They’re designed by politicians, not doctors, to cut off access to safe, legal abortion by any means necessary,” director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project Jennifer Dalven said in the statement on Wednesday.

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Earlier this week Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a new abortion restrictive bill that requires a doctor to be physically present when a woman takes abortion-inducing medication, and bans remote distribution of pills.

US legislators have introduced more than 100 abortion restrictions in 2015, according to the ACLU.

ACLU stressed that medical experts, including from the American College of Gynecologists, oppose such bills because “they have no medical basis and block access to care.”

“Evidence shows that medication abortion can be provided safely via telemedicine, which is expanding access to health care across the country. This law effectively bans that practice, cutting off a safe option that could expand abortion access for women,” ACLU said in the statement.

Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit that works to advance reproductive health.

 

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