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Although the attack on reproductive rights has vamped up in previous months, the last week has been especially exhausting, with some of the most restrictive abortion bans being considered and passed since Roe V. Wade, the landmark United States Supreme Court decision which guaranteed access to abortion as a constitutional right.

Here is a list of recent legislation passed or being considered around various parts of the country:

Ohio:While a six-week abortion ban was passed and signed into law last month, a more recent bill could further restrict access to reproductive care: House Bill 182, introduced by Representative John Becker, would prevent most insurance companies from offering coverage for abortion-related services. Reproductive rights advocates argue that the bill has the potential to prevent insurance from covering contraception. Many have pointed out, furthermore, that the bill uses medically incorrect language: while the bill is written to make an exceptionfor a procedure "that is intended to reimplant the fertilized ovum into the pregnant woman's uterus,” such a procedure does not actually exist.

For now, House Bill 182 remains yet to be introduced in the Ohio Senate. You can check the ongoing status of the bill here.

Alabama:In mid-May, the Alabama Senate voted 25-6 to pass House Bill 314, which would ban abortion (except in the case where the pregnant person’s life is at risk) and would make performing the procedure a felony, punishable with up to 99 years in prison. The bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest.

Georgia:The state passed a six-week abortion ban in April, which was signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp. The law includes exceptions for rape, incest, and if the pregnant person’s life or health is at serious risk.

Missouri:On May 17, 2019, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill banning abortions at eight weeks into a pregnancy. The bill, House Bill 126, passed 110-44 and is expected to be signed by the governor in about a week. The bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest, and would make it possible to imprison doctors who perform abortions, much like the legislation introduced in Alabama.

Iowa:Even though a “heartbeat” bill passed by the state legislature was struck down earlier this year, recently passed House-File 766 limits access to sex-education grants in the state.

Mississippi:Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a six-week abortion ban into law in March, which would not allow exceptions for rape or incest. Like an eighteen-week ban passed in the state in 2018, the law is currently being challenged in court.

Arkansas: Arkansas Governor Republican Asa Hutchison signed an eighteen-week abortion ban into law in March 2019, which includes exceptions in the case of rape, incest, or medical emergency.

Kentucky: On March 15, 2019, Kentucky governor, Republican Matt Bevin signed a six-week abortion ban, Senate Bill 9, into law: the law was blocked by a federal court on the same day.

Utah:Like Mississippi and Arkansas, Utah passed a ban on abortion at eighteen-weeks earlier this year. The law, known as House Bill 136 at the legislative level, allows abortion for any reason at up to eighteen-weeks, with additional exceptions after that point, including rape, incest, and other medical emergencies. The chief prosecutor for the county with Utah’s two abortion clinics (the only clinics in the state) has since said he will not enforce the law.

Louisiana: The Louisiana Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 184, a six-week ban on abortion. While the bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest, it includes exception for if the life of the pregnant person is at risk, or if the procedure is “medically futile.” Assuming the bill passes its final vote in the house, Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards indicated he would sign the six-week abortion ban into law.

In addition to the above bans, several states have also considered or passed “trigger” bans, which, in the case of an overturning of Roe V. Wade, would automatically make abortion illegal.

Please note that even though many anti-abortion laws have recently been passed around the country, many of them have yet to take effect, which means that abortion, to some extent or another, is still legal and available. In the meantime, statewide Planned Parenthoods and ACLUs plan to sue in many states, including in Ohio, Kentucky, and Iowa.

The fight is not over: donate to our volunteer with your local abortion funds and reproductive rights organizations if possible. Check to see if your city is holding protests this Tuesday: