“Sometimes these places are the only health care that a low-income woman will have, and it really feels like what we are saying as the bigger narrative of this is: you should not experience joy. Sex is part of joy,” said Winstead, comedienne and author of the book, “Lizz Free or Die.”
“Sex is— two people have it, and then sometimes you get pregnant. What are we doing to make sure that every woman, and especially women who are in the world having sex, are having a safe place to get reproductive access, reproductive health care, information?” Winstead asked.
The new regulations were designed to comply with laws passed last year, according to the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Associated Press reported. DHH spokeswoman Olivia Watkins said the regulations were necessary to protect health and safety.
The language in one of the rules – a requirement that pregnant women get a blood test 30 days prior to seeking an abortion – will be rescinded, Watkins said, because the wording was incorrect. Critics of the waiting period requirement said it would force providers to perform abortions later in the pregnancy – in some cases past the 20-week cut-off point for abortions – and would make the procedure more costly and more dangerous.