Anti-Abortion Bills Surging Through Capitol Hill—and States, Too

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It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the House GOP leadership has come out strong with an anti-abortion agenda only weeks into the 112th Congress. A November meeting foreshadowed the fate of reproductive rights under the House’s new leadership: Randall Terry, an anti-abortion extremist whose work incites violence and has been called “domestic terrorism,” met with soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner’s chief of staff. In the anti-abortion world, it doesn’t get more extreme than Randall Terry.

What’s striking, and drawing less attention, is that the invigorated attack on women’s health on Capitol Hill is just the beginning. The November elections also swept in a wave of anti-choice state governments, where the fight against reproductive rights has become increasingly defined by race baiting meant to divide the pro-choice community.

The national GOP leadership made its reproductive rights agenda crystal clear in the “Pledge to America”unveiled on Sept. 23, just weeks before the midterm election. The new GOP-controlled House may not be living up to the Pledge’s promise to cut the deficit by $100 billion, but when it comes to abortion the Republican caucus is honoring its word.