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Five States, Including Mississippi, Alabama and Indiana, Enact Anti-Abortion Laws

While Wendy Davis might have temporarily saved Texas from a horrendous 20-week abortion bill, five other states have quietly passed GOP-sponsored abortion legislation that takes effect this week.

Beginning this week, women in Alabama will not be able to obtain “abortion pills” via telemedicine, which Planned Parenthood fears could put women who live a long distance away from an abortion clinic in danger. Doctors must also ask the name and age of the fetus’ father, though a patient can decline to answer.

While the Alabama law requires abortion-providing doctors have hospital-admitting privileges, a federal judge has temporarily blocked the requirement.

In Indiana, women are now required to obtain an ultrasound before receiving an abortion. As in Alabama, prescriptions via telemedicine will no longer be allowed.

Mississippi will be subject to the same telemedicine ban.

A myriad of slanted information will now be touted as fact in Kansas, where doctors must inform patients of increased risk of breast cancer after an abortion — a theory the National Cancer Institute has dismissed as invalid. Additionally, doctors can no longer be sued for withholding information from patients — if a child is born with defects, he or she cannot sue the doctor and no one can sue in his or her name.

The Kansas law will also ban abortions at 20 weeks and ban abortion providers from holding discussions or lecturing in school sex education programs.

South Dakota women must now wait 72 hours after consulting a doctor to obtain an abortion, and those hours must fall on a business day.

In one Democratic win, a law that would have banned minors to obtain parental permission to receive an abortion in Montana was blocked by a federal judge after Planned Parenthood sued to overturn it.

Sources: ABC News, USA Today

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