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Why are mandatory ultrasounds considered problematic by abortion rights activists?

The ultrasound procedure in the first trimester is likely not what you envision with the gel and the paddles on the belly. During the first trimester, an ultrasound wand is inserted into the vagina to ...
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Why is abortion such a central issue in US politics, but not in the UK?

The following is necessarily a massive oversimplification. Religiousness America is, by and large, the most religious of the high-GDP countries that aren't Middle Eastern (and heavily Muslim) oil ...
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Why does the government not introduce an amendment to the constitution to allow abortion?

Because it likely wouldn't get passed. In order for a Constitutional amendment to be passed, it currently needs 38 state legislatures to support it. For practical purposes, it also needs ...
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Why did Democrats in the Senate oppose the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (2019 S.130)?

Technically infanticide is already illegal Roe v Wade legalized abortion. Technically, you cannot abort a fetus once it has left the mother and Federal law prohibits it. Kermit Gosnell, a late term ...
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Why does British Humanist Association advocate for abortion rights?

The abortion debate is not about whether or not it is morally acceptable to "kill a human". That's actually a point where pro-life and pro-choice organizations pretty much agree. The actual ...
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On what grounds would Roe vs. Wade be a "bad law"?

When someone says something was "bad law" they don't literally mean that it was "poorly written." Law isn't a stylistic contest. They are not talking about grammatical mistakes, ...
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Why is abortion such a central issue in US politics, but not in the UK?

In addition to zibadawa timmy's excellent answer, because abortion in the US is a stable Schelling Point for both the Left and the Right, because it is an issue on which essentially no actual debate ...
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In general, do European right wing parties oppose abortion?

Not in general. For example the Conservative party in the UK made no mention of it in their last election Manifesto, implying that they support the status quo (abortion permitted with the approval of ...
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Why is avoidance of judicial review of the Texas abortion law and other future US state laws so concerning to the US department of justice?

In WWH v. Jackson the Court majority concludes that the Texas law is de facto immune to the power of judicial review, for entirely procedural reasons. They argue that the Court's power of injunction ...
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Why, according to the UN, "gender-biased abortion" is against human rights but "abortion in general" is not?

"Unborn baby" is not a protected characteristic and hence the "unborn" cannot be discriminated against. Many would argue that the "unborn" are not legally persons and as ...
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If Roe is overturned, what is the legality of laws prohibiting crossing state lines for abortion?

This law would be unconstitutional. There is a well established constitutional right to travel and relocate. In general, a state can't burden that, partially also under the doctrine known as the ...
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Why are mandatory ultrasounds considered problematic by abortion rights activists?

Because it's an invasive procedure (it's a transvaginal ultrasound, i.e. involves the insertion of ultrasound wand into the vagina) that is being made mandatory by so-called "pro-life" ...
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Why does British Humanist Association advocate for abortion rights?

I'm always fascinated when I have to point this out, but... Women are human too. They have the same rights and liberties as any other human, Even if we ascribe full rights to fetuses — a ...
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Do feminists oppose sex-selective abortion?

I wonder if there is a branch of feminism which has taken up the cause against sex-selective abortion? All branches of feminism are against infanticide, and many are against sex-selective abortions. ...
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Why does the government not introduce an amendment to the constitution to allow abortion?

Because the hurdle for amendments is, by design, too high to allow a change that does not have broad enough state-by-state support (no, a national-level majority does not apply here). The Constitution ...
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In general, do European right wing parties oppose abortion?

Does the European right at large oppose abortion? If we interpret "opposition to abortion" as intent to either ban abortions, or restrict them to exceptional circumstances (e.g. rape, ...
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Why did Democrats in the Senate oppose the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (2019 S.130)?

C-SPAN is a good source for getting direct quotes from senators. You can find footage from Feb 25th here: https://www.c-span.org/congress/?chamber=senate&date=2019-02-25 Two Democratic senators, ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA?

It’s largely a consequence of partisan politics and the development of the Republican party in the latter half of the twentieth century. The pro-gun part of the party is an outgrowth of the joining ...
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Why isn't it a woman's choice to be a prostitute?

There are countries which legalize prostitution, citing an argument just like yours. The line between serving a drink in a sexy outfit and serving a drink and a lap dance is thin. However: Some ...
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Why is abortion such a central issue in US politics, but not in the UK?

Because when racial segregation failed to cut ice as the banner to get American Evangelicals to vote consistently for one party, they went for abortion instead. Randall Balmer's book Bad Faith: Race ...
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Support for surrogacy from pro-choice groups

Political advocacy groups are usually single-issue in order to not dilute their message and not exclude potential supporters for their primary cause who might object to another cause the group ...
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What arguments have been made to support the Texas abortion law's private enforcement provisions, beyond evading review?

I haven't come across supporters of the bill disclaiming the charge that the private enforcement clause is intended to evade immediate judicial review - the sponsor of the bill, Senator Bryan Hughes, ...
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Why is avoidance of judicial review of the Texas abortion law and other future US state laws so concerning to the US department of justice?

Question: Why is avoidance of judicial review of the Texas abortion law and in the future to other US state laws so concerning to the US department of justice? What is the nature of this "greater,...
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Why do politics around abortion affiliate so heavily with religious status?

The following answer focuses on the U.S., since that is what I can speak to, and seems to be the focus of the OP. It also focuses on Christianity (rather than religion in general) since Christianity ...
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Why are mandatory ultrasounds considered problematic by abortion rights activists?

If it's mandatory before an abortion, obviously it makes abortion one step more difficult to obtain. And also it's a psychological pressure for would-be mother: "see, your child has a face ...
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Roughly what proportion of people think that abortion should be allowed, even if fetuses are persons?

Frame challenge: it doesn't matter, because those are inconsistently applied, not just by society, but frequently by the same people in many contexts, not just this one. Personhood means no killing: ...
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How have US pro-life groups responded to Trump's COVID-19 crisis response, given that it could permit more deaths?

There's nothing to reconcile. Pro-life doesn't mean 'against (needless) death', it means anti-abortion. [The same is true for the opposite label: Pro-choice means in favor of legal access to abortion, ...
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On what basis could the US federal government codify Roe v. Wade?

On what basis could the US federal government encode Roe v. Wade? Both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were decided based on the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which reads ...
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If Roe is overturned, what is the legality of laws prohibiting crossing state lines for abortion?

There is no definitive answer to this. An existing answer suggests this is a settled matter, but really this is one of those issues in which there is not a clear consensus and legal experts hold a ...
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Why are laws on abortion more open than on suicide?

I'll think you'll get a lot of philosophical takes, but the cynical answer here comes down to the nature of politics, and identity politics in particular. Many women and women's organizations view ...
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