Inside the Battle to Save Abortion Rights in Puerto Rico
The most aggressive attempt to restrict abortion access in Puerto Rico in decades came to a dramatic end this week when the bill’s author pulled it from consideration on the very last day of the legislative session. But women’s rights activists say the failed legislation is just the first of many threats to abortion access on the island.
The bill, written by Puerto Rico Sen. Nayda Venegas Brown, would have instituted a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, required parental consent for minors, and banned the procedure outright after 20 weeks gestation—restrictions that are common in many states in the continental U.S., but unheard of in Puerto Rico.
“In a nutshell, [the bill] radicalized completely how the termination of pregnancy is currently being done in Puerto Rico,” clinic administrator and obstetrician Yari Vale Moreno told The Daily Beast. “If this law had passed as it was originally written, we would have had three or four clinics closing in no time.”
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Author: By Emily.Shugerman@thedailybeast.com (Emily Shugerman)