Abortion clinics report rise in violence following restrictive legislation
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Abortion providers say violence at their clinics has risen from already record levels following the passage of restrictive abortion laws in several states in recent months.

Colleen McNicholas — the chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region — told CBS News that harassment against the clinic and herself has gone up since a bill was signed in May banning abortion in the state at the eight-week mark of a pregnancy.

Whole Woman's Health, a network of seven abortion clinics across Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas and Virginia, also reported more protests and violence as states passed abortion bans, according to CBS News.

"These aggressive bills that keep getting introduced have a tone to them that's incredibly fringe and introduces violent language," Whole Woman's Health president and CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said.


Multiple states, including Missouri, Georgia and Alabama, have passed anti-abortion laws amid a national debate over Roe v. Wade. Lawmakers in the South and Midwest have passed 58 abortion restrictions, CBS News noted.

While states such as Kentucky and Georgia have passed bills that ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks of pregnancy, Alabama passed the strictest abortion law in the country, banning the procedure with few exceptions.

Several other states are considering "trigger" laws that go into effect to ban abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned, while other states like New York have passed bills that enshrine abortion rights.

Three men were arrested in recent weeks for separately threatening to conduct a mass shooting at Planned Parenthood facilities.