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Hawaii Abortion Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

Thursday, 08 October 2015 03:01 AM

Hawaii's liberal abortion laws have prompted little debate. The state has provided much protection for women who seek abortions.

Hawaii's Freedom of Choice Act allows "the right to abortion even if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, specifically providing that '[t]he State shall not deny or interfere with a female’s right to choose or obtain an abortion of a nonviable fetus or an abortion that is necessary to protect the life or health of the female,'" according to Hawaii Right to Life.

In 1970, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to make abortion legal, but to state residents only, according to the American Association of University Women. The state’s legalization of abortion came three years before the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal nationwide.

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“Women are coming to realize that the right to control their bodies is as important as the right to vote.”
Joan Hayes, who was AAUW’s Legislative Chair at the time of the decision

Hawaii has seen the largest drop in abortions in recent years, with its number of terminated pregnancies falling almost 30 percent from 2010 to 2014, The Associated Press reported.

That news left many speculating about the cause of the decline.

“There was, starting in 2010, a lot of new teen pregnancy education going on in both school and non-school settings using evidence-based curricula. I would certainly hope those efforts reduced the incidents of abortions by reducing the rate of pregnancies.”
Judith Clark, executive director of Hawaii Youth Services Network, The Associated Press

“It’s the availability of the morning-after pill. The need for surgical abortions is diminished.”
Rep. Bob McDermott (R), The Associated Press

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The state’s pro-abortion rights stance rankles opponents.

“Hawaii lacks the most basic protections for women and unborn children. The state fails to require informed consent for abortion, to mandate parental involvement in a minor’s abortion decision, or to ensure that abortion clinics meet minimum health and safety standards. Hawaii also fails to protect unborn victims of violence and to ban destructive embryo research or human cloning.”
Americans United for Life, on its 2015 Life List

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