In recent months, there has been a trend restricting reproductive rights in the southern states. Here are some of the recent examples:
1. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law SB 1391, which would allow prosecutors to criminally charge women who continue a pregnancy to term if she is struggling with addiction or drug abuse. This law essentially criminalizes pregnant women who may have a substance abuse problem. Criminalizing and incarceration would replace treatment for substance abuse.
2. Louisiana lawmakers are attempting to pass a law that would make it more difficult to remove comatose pregnant women off of life support. This comes after the Texas case of Marlise Muñoz, whose family had to sue to take her off of life support. The Louisiana bill would require doctors and hospitals to keep a comatose woman alive until her child is born even if she or her family does not want her to be kept alive by artificial means.
3. And in Mississippi, the last abortion clinic in the state is struggling to remain open. Just 33 year ago, Mississippi had 14 facilities that performed abortions.
A recent CNN poll showed that a majority of adults polled think that abortion should be legal.
Since 2010, there has been a trend toward enacting laws that restrict reproductive choices at the state level throughout the country.