Anti-abortion groups have passed about 300 anti-choice (abortion) restrictions
in this country and Robin Marty has written a book on their strategies, Crow
After Roe. She held a book signing, Saturday in Wichita at Watermark Books.
Robin Marty is the Senior Political Reporter forRH Reality,a
freelance writer and editor. She has recently written for theRolling
“I started in Nebraska with the fetal pain bill and went to Ohio’s heart beat
ban,” Marty said as she explained some of the actions that drew her interest
into writing her new book. She warned that Anti-abortion foes have worked for
years on a strategy of slowly placing restrictions, in small increments and
laws designed to be tested in the courts to try and make it impossible for
women to get abortions in this country.
“They will attack birth control next,” she warned. “We could see some of that
soon. They believe birth control is just another form of abortion.”
Marty said she got the idea for her new book after she started tracking all the
legislation these groups passed in one state after another.
There are waiting periods. The latest is 72 hours and the woman must visit at a
pregnancy crisis center. The idea is to show them enough information to try and
stop them from getting abortions. They exempted holidays and weekends so those
at the pregnancy crisis center employees can stay at home with their families
while the patient waits.
She told the crowd thatAmericans for Lifeis
one of the main groups coordinating these efforts. She went over all the
different bills they have passed. Most have been based on claims that that
fetuses feel pain at a certain stage of life, bans on those who have a
heartbeat, waiting periods, medical requirements for abortion clinics that cost
those clinics so much money and cause so many requirements they just can’t stay
She also pointed out that they use fake institutes, such as theCharlotte Lozier
financed and run by anti-abortion groups that pay doctors and scientist to find
proof of fetal pain, causes breast cancer and other issues. Then they site
studies that look as if they are done by independent doctors or scientist, when
they are actually just people who work for the anti-abortion group. These
groups are patterned after the fake institutes that the Koch brothers set us
such as theCato Institute.
“Kansas focuses mostly on conscious clauses,” Marty said.
Those laws protect any person, usually medical workers, whose job may require
them to help in an abortion or dispensing birth control pills. If such people
refuse to do that job the law prevents them from being fired. It has protected
pharmacist who won’t dispense birth control.
“The law affects more than just medical doctors and pharmacists,” Mary added.
“There is a case of a bus driver who refused to go to a clinic, in Austen
Texas. He sued for back pay because he got fired. The pharmacy law may not make
much difference in a town such as Wichita. But in some rural communities there
may only be one pharmacy in the whole town.”
Marty said most of her strategies for countering the anti-abortion strategies
are in the back of her book.
“In the last elections some Republicans lost because they wanted to force rape
victims to carry through with their pregnancies,” she added.
But Republicans won in other races. She also mentioned a case in which a
Planned Parenthood clinic sued the state over undue” burdens passed by the
government meant to close them down.
The book signing was partially sponsored byTrust Women,which
is now providing abortions in Wichita.