An article in the Guardian today asserts that Utah has reduced women to incubators. Utah does not give women much of a choice when it comes to pregnancy. With requirements like a 24-hour waiting period, mandatory counseling that discourages abortion, parental notification, and minimal funding toward abortions for low-income women, the state already significantly limits access to legal abortion. In addition, the state only has one licensed abortion clinic. This limited access creates a demand for intentional miscarriages, which now count as homicide. Basically the state wants it both ways: no illegal abortions and no legal abortions. But if all American women have a constitutional right to safe and legal abortion, does the state really have this prerogative?
So as Utah attempts to make it nearly impossible to get a legal abortion while criminalizing intentional miscarriages, I'm wondering if it would be best to focus resources on preventing unintended pregnancy in the first place. But I guess that's too obvious.