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This legislation includes (but is not limited to) broad bans on abortion, often without exceptions for a woman’s health; imposed waiting periods on women seeking abortion in addition to requiring abortion providers to give their patients certain statemandated materials; restricting a minor’s access to abortion, generally in the form of parental notification or consent bills; and excessive, politically motivated restrictions and requirements on medical facilities providing abortions. It is important for therapists who are counseling women pre- or post-abortion to understand these legislative efforts and their possible impact on the women and abortion providers.

In 2000, just 7 years prior, the Supreme Court struck down a similar Nebraska law in Stenberg v. Carhart by a vote of 5–4 because there was no exception allowing such abortions when necessary for the health of the woman. Congress then passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, creating a nationwide ban. That law was struck down by three district courts and three appeals courts, but the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and confirmation of President Bush’s appointee Judge Samuel Alito in 2006 changed the composition of the Supreme Court.

S. House of Representatives Committee on government reform found that in the past 5 years, taxpayers have spent over $30 million underwriting these centers all over the United States (NAF, 2006b). This Congressional study authorized female investigators to pose as teenagers trying to make a decision on whether or not to have an abortion. The investigations contacted 23 out of the 25 CPCs in 15 states that had received grants through the $150 million “Compassion Capital Fund,” part of President Bush’s faith-based initiatives.

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