Best Of 2017

Best reminder that lawmakers in Ohio and Kentucky are still weirdly and infuriatingly hung up about what women do with their bodies: Anti-Abortion Legislation

Best reminder that lawmakers in Ohio and Kentucky are still weirdly and infuriatingly hung up about what women do with their bodies

It’s not news that conservative lawmakers have a strange preoccupation with choices women make regarding their reproductive health. But as 2016 ended, conservative legislatures in Ohio and Kentucky prepared to ram home some of the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the country, banning access to most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. These restrictions could be just a prelude of coming challenges for pro-choice advocates. President Trump has promised, over time, to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declares bans on abortion unconstitutional. The most recent legislation isn’t the first attack on access to abortions. The number of clinics in both Ohio and Kentucky has dwindled in recent years after successive waves of regulations on clinics. In 2011, Ohio had 16 providers and Kentucky had three. Now, there are only nine clinics left in Ohio — including one in Cincinnati — and only one in all of Kentucky. As both pregnancy care and abortions become harder to obtain, opponents of abortion restrictions worry low-income women will be the hardest hit.