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A beginner's guide to banning abortion, from the USA
Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 1st, 2011 | Tim Stanley

Posted on 09/01/2011 10:16:49 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

[snip]The best way to kill the abortion industry is not through religious moralising. It’s through red tape.

[snip]From the 1970s to the 1990s, the American prolife movement focused on a national effort to outlaw abortion by becoming a vital part of the Republican Party.... [But] Abortion is still legal and widespread. [snip] Forty years of messing around in national politics has done little for America’s unborn.

Since the 2010 landslide, the prolifers... refocused on making life uncomfortable for local abortion providers. Beneath the radar, state-by-state, they are starting to get the job done.

Take Kansas. In April 2011, Republican lawmakers introduced new regulations for the three remaining abortion clinics in the state. The regulations were dubbed “targeted regulation of abortion providers”, or TRAP laws. They specified everything from the size and temperature of counselling rooms to the appropriate number of janitorial closets.

The regulations were issued on a Friday and clinics were given until Monday the next week to comply. Unsurprisingly, none of them were able to rebuild their premises in time. For a few hours it looked like Kansas would become the first state since 1973 to totally outlaw abortion.

Of course, as always happens ...the battle is now in the courts. But the war has spread to Virginia, where Republicans are using TRAP laws to try to shut down 22 clinics within 2 years. The genius of this strategy is that it has avoided the usual religious semantics [snip]

Republican lawmakers have insisted throughout that they are just trying to provide the best service for women seeking a termination. ... a brilliant first move. It uses the Left’s language of “health and safety” – and all its attendant bureaucracy – against them. The strategy is starting to work in the US and it might just catch on here.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: abortion; clinic; prolife; regulation
Regulation is mightier than the sword?
1 posted on 09/01/2011 10:16:51 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Regulation is mightier than the sword?

No, but no one is willing to use a sword.

2 posted on 09/01/2011 10:21:47 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle
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To: Balding_Eagle; EternalVigilance
I have always maintained that local people, if they really wanted to, could use non-abortion-related laws and regulations (zoning, traffic, parking, building codes, property taxes, you name it) to shut down every abortionist in America.

All it would take is obsessive over-enforcement carried on by couple of city attorneys willing to engage in guerrilla lawfare.

What they finally got Chicago gangster/murderer Al Capone for, was tax evasion. Think of that.

3 posted on 09/01/2011 10:46:42 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (In theory. there's no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is. -Yogi Berra)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Regulation is a good first step- turning their own tactics on them. It is right for this to be done by the states. The fed has no business in abortion.

Blackmun, himself, said that the Court’s ruling would eventually run afoul of medical technology, and he was SO right. I like the regulations that demand that the mother be shown an ultrasound of her child before she kills it. There is no mystery as to why the country has become more pro-life- we know so much about the pre-born child than we EVER knew in 1973.


4 posted on 09/01/2011 10:49:08 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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