Buffer zones are critical in protecting patients from verbal and physical harassment, violence, and anti-abortion protesters who may block their path into a clinic. Since the beginning of 2013, clinic patients in New Hampshire have filed over 60 complaints that detail harassment and intimidation.
"Women--and men--from across Virginia have been clear: they're done with politically motivated bills that attack women's health."
South Dakota is already one of the most restrictive states for women's health.
The law, which was passed by Spain's cabinet in December 2013, would allow abortion only in cases of rape or if the physical or psychological health of the mother is threatened, effectively banning it in all other circumstances.
A Guttmacher Institute study released last week reveals that the abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest rate since 1973, when the Supreme Court recognized a woman's right to an abortion in Roe v. Wade.
"All of these issues are related. A woman's reproductive rights are just as related to how she can care for her family as discrimination in the workplace. Connecting the dots on women's equality is important. "
Marlise Munoz, the brain-dead pregnant Texas woman who was kept on life support against her and her family's wishes, was finally disconnected from life support yesterday.
The attorneys said the fetus is "gestating within a dead and deteriorating body as the horrified family looks on."
The Population Institute released its 2013 report card on reproductive health and rights in the US earlier this month, giving the nation an overall grade of "C-" for the second year in a row.
Guttmacher Report: More Attacks on Reproductive Rights in Past Three Years Than in Entirety of Previous Decade
Since 2011, 205 new restrictions on abortion have cleared state legislatures, while only 189 were enacted from 2001-2010.