"Pro-life activists say they aren't abandoning efforts at the national level, but admit they're now focused on state legislative efforts. In more than two dozen states, several different kinds of measures are now pending. Some require women seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound, others set the limit on abortion at 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Ten states have also voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Those advances aren't going unchallenged by pro-choice advocates. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has launched a number of lawsuits related to the new measures. Julie Rikelman, litigation director for CRR, says, 'National organizations are forcing state legislatures into spending a lot of time and effort to waste taxpayers' money on proposals that are clearly unconstitutional.'
CRR has scored victories recently in Oklahoma and Texas.
'Women and their families should be making decisions [about reproductive issues], not politicians,' Rikelman says."