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A sweeping new abortion law in South Dakota could leave taxpayers on the hook for anywhere between $1.75 million to $4 million, according to the state’s attorney general. Kansas has spent close to $1 million defending its abortion restrictions since 2011, and is expected to incur $500,000 in additional costs over the next two years. Idaho has spent $1 million defending similar laws over the last decade. North Dakota has set aside $400,000 in order to defend its ban on abortion at six weeks, but will likely be liable for much more.
And Texas? Let’s not even get started on Texas.
As Salon has previously noted, ensuring women have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare saves taxpayers money (as well as effecting positive outcomes in family life, mental health, children’s well-being and general life satisfaction).
And, as the Washington Post reports, laws that restrict women’s ability to obtain basic medical care can cost taxpayers millions in protracted legal challenges.
In his request for funds to defend his state’s abortion restrictions, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem explained that these lawsuits are “complicated, complex lawsuits, so they take a lot of time. They are heavily dependent on expert medical witnesses, and we would need to make sure those are available and we have the funding to pay for them.”
In an effort to justify these expenses, North Dakota Republican Rep. Bette Grande, the sponsor of the state’s six-week abortion ban, told the Associated Press that she “didn’t look at [the law] from the financial side of things” but from the “life side of things.”
Grande went on to tell lawmakers that “fears about a legal challenge” shouldn’t prevent them from pushing forward with similar unconstitutional bans on the procedure.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.