On Thursday night's episode of the Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow spoke with Nancy Northup (President and CEO of The Center for Reproductive Rights). In their discussion, they focused on the fact that the Republican war on women and their Constitutionally protected right to have an abortion is still under attack even after the November elections (and the utter and complete defeat of politicians like Legitimate Rape Akin and Gift From God Mourdock). Although Republicans in DC aren't acknowledging (or talking about) rape since they know it's a losing topic, state legislatures in red states are.
In an email blast to the Center's followers on Friday night, Northup said:
Just this week, lawmakers in North Dakota introduced five new bills targeting abortion rights with one specifically copying the strategy in Mississippi. Rachel made it clear that, “they are targeting states where women are down to one last clinic as their last remaining connection to something that is supposedly a constitutionally protected right for them.”
Four states have introduced “heartbeat” bills that ban abortion at six weeks—before most women even know they’re pregnant. Five states have introduced forced ultrasound bills. There are new restrictions on how women can access medication abortion in six states. There’s a bill in New Mexico that seeks to ban abortion for rape victims—specifically based on the assertion that the pregnancy is evidence of the rape. The list goes on and on.
It’s critical that all Americans pay attention to what’s happening in places like Mississippi or South Dakota or North Dakota because the battle is spreading to states near you.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is representing the last remaining clinic in Mississippi and North Dakota. We believe in the basic notion that constitutional rights should be the same whether you live in the middle of the country or in New York or California.
Here's the video clip where Northup and Maddow discuss the ongoing assault on women's reproductive and abortion rights: