Abortion Update

Originally aired: November 24, 2021

Resources from Show:

Video in the beginning: Why Texas Heartbeat Law Matters: Pro-Life Leaders Speak Out (dailysignal.com)

History of the Texas law:  Senator Explains Why He Authored Texas’ Heartbeat Act (dailysignal.com)  (link to the actual bill that was passed on Texas)

The Economist:  What would happen if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade? | The Economist

At 15:10: Guttmaker Report: https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/abortion-policy-absence-roe

At 18:07: Hawaii Freedom of Choice act: gm554_.pdf (hawaii.gov)

Protections: Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)

Hawaii has created additional protections for reproductive rights by adding an affirmative right to choose into its state law.  This law ensures women’s access to previability abortion services and would remain in effect even if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

“The State shall not deny or interfere with a female’s right to choose or obtain an abortion of a nonviable fetus or an abortion that is necessary to protect the life or health of the female.”  Haw. Rev. Stat. § 453-16 (Enacted 2006).