Ally Boguhn is the Political and Campaigns Editor at Rewire. Prior to joining the team, she worked as an associate research director at Media Matters for America, where she specialized in analyzing media representations of reproductive rights and health.
Handel’s position on voting restrictions seems to fit neatly with the GOP platform, which in 2016 endorsed legislation such as voter identification laws, even as research shows they limit access to the voting booth for many.
"The hostility that LGBTQ Georgians face is heightening and as an elected official attending a congressional debate, I did not expect to be faced with adversity," said Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) of the encounter.
Former U.S. Congressman Tom Perriello and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam talk about pay equity, family leave, and health and environmental concerns in the third and final installment of our series of Q&As with the candidates running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s June 13 gubernatorial primary.
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former U.S. Congressman Tom Perriello discuss criminal justice reform, immigration, and voting rights in part two of our series of Q&As with the Democratic candidates in Virginia’s gubernatorial election.
“It is a cruel irony to appoint an opponent of birth control to oversee the nation’s only federal program dedicated to family planning,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Teresa Manning’s appointment is unacceptable."
President Trump’s appointment legitimizes the former president and CEO of Americans United for Life, an anti-choice copycat legislation mill looking to restrict access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
“This administration clearly does not put evidence before political ideology, so the link between Kellyanne Conway and the fraudulent Center for Medical Progress is not surprising,” said Jodi Magee, president and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health.
"This race highlights the tremendous interest in elected office by a wide range and wide diversity of younger Latinos politically engaged and well experienced, who make up the crop of the next generation of our civic leaders," said University of California political scientist Matt Barreto.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb has often attempted to stoke fears about the Obama administration’s birth control benefit, falsely claiming that under the Affordable Care Act, women "risk losing far more than they’ll gain."
Because block grants essentially cap how much the government allocates each year to states, restructuring the program in this way could also hinder a state’s ability to deal with a public health crisis or an economic downturn should one arise.
In an email sent to supporters this week, the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List said its new ad targeting Planned Parenthood is already running during programs President Donald Trump reportedly views regularly.
Congressional Republicans seem unwilling to take on more heat about their embattled goals to repeal the ACA and defund Planned Parenthood, leaving the dirty work to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Media should be making clear to readers that there’s a cost to policymaking that’s based on misinformation—and it’s often the well-being of those who are often already marginalized,” Media Matters' Reproductive Rights Program Director Sharon Kann told Rewire.
The Trump administration's fact-free voter fraud claims can be traced to the post-Civil War era, when “efforts to impinge criminality and lack of valid citizenships on African Americans were used to justify a myriad of restrictions that many states put ultimately into their constitutions," said Denise Lieberman of the Advancement Project.
"Repeating: there is no voter fraud in NH. None. Zip. Nada. Hundreds of lawyers, poll workers, watchers, press—no buses rolled in,” tweeted Steve Duprey, national committeeman for New Hampshire’s Republican State Committee.
“The global gag rule will cause clinic closures around the world, resulting in more unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion, not less,” Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global.
The knowledge that things likely would have gone a different way had I graduated just a few years earlier before the health-care law was implemented is something that hits me in the gut every time I hear a debate about the Affordable Care Act.
The vote against the election commission comes after President Trump's announcement that Vice President Pence would spearhead a commission to investigate the president's baseless claims of widespread illegal voting.
“In my mind, she is the least qualified nominee in a historically unqualified cabinet," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Monday on the Senate floor. "On conflicts of interest, she ranks among the worst."
A spokesperson for Liberty University suggested to Reuters that Jerry Falwell Jr. hoped to chip away at regulations affecting colleges and universities, including rules on investigating and reporting campus sexual assault.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) pointed to what he deemed "truly alarming news" that contrary to his committee testimony, the president's HHS nominee had received a privileged offer to buy medical stock at a reduced price.
Pence was among the Trump administration officials who told March for Life attendees that scientific advances had helped their cause, despite the outright rejection of medical consensus by the anti-choice movement.
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who has voted to defund Planned Parenthood, denied the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's finding that almost 400,000 people could lose access to care if Planned Parenthood was defunded.
“Trump’s Global Gag Rule will only lead to increases in unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal and newborn deaths," said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. "This harmful policy undermines American democratic values of free-speech and imposes an anti-woman agenda.”
During his 2002 run for the gubernatorial office, Perdue agreed to adopt a set of stringent anti-choice positions in order to win the endorsement of Georgia Right to Life, which required candidates to vow to support banning abortion in all cases except life endangerment.
Betsy DeVos refused to give a concrete answer when pushed to say if she would uphold the 2011 guidance that colleges and universities have a responsibility to address campus sexual assault under Title IX’s prohibition on sex-based discrimination.
“We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education,” the Women’s March on Washington platform says.
The former Indiana senator also pushed to defund Planned Parenthood after the anti-choice front group Center for Medical Progress released a series of deceptively edited videos attempting to smear the reproductive health-care provider.
In the wake of Trump's White House win, thousands of scientists from across the country have signed onto letters raising concerns about whether science will actually be used properly in a Trump administration and sounding alarms about the potential consequences.
Gretchen Whitmer told the story of her own sexual assault when Michigan Republicans moved to ban insurance coverage for abortion care with no exceptions and force people to pre-purchase insurance riders for abortion, a proposal dubbed the “rape insurance” bill.
The effort to strip the ethics office of its power was led by several lawmakers who have been subjected to the office’s oversight, including Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX). Farenthold was accused of sexual harassment, though the office eventually recommended the probe be dropped.
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) falsely claimed during a 2014 radio interview that volcanoes cause more damage to the environment than humans. He envisions "fossil fuels playing a major role for the next 50 years.”
The secretary of state could weigh in on funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that “has provided billions in aid for critical family planning and maternal and child health care across 150 countries,” according to NARAL.
"Ladies, your uteruses will be fine,” claimed the host on Thursday, apparently attempting to gloss over the abysmal record on reproductive rights and health espoused by the president-elect, the vice-president elect, and the motley crew of anti-choice hardliners they’ve lined up for their cabinet.
Earlier in his life, Andrew Puzder was also well-known for his work as an anti-choice attorney. In the 1980s, he helped author a sweeping piece of anti-choice legislation in Missouri that included radical “personhood” language defining life as beginning at conception.
If Gov. Terry Branstad is confirmed as ambassador, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will replace him as Iowa governor. Reynolds has said if abortion is criminalized, the punishment "would be equivalent to murder."
Meadows has worked tirelessly to roll back access to reproductive health care. He co-sponsored measures such as the U.S. House of Representatives' medically and scientifically unsupported fetal pain bill.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is explicitly anti-choice, and in a 2003 resolution defined human life as beginning at the moment of conception, which is in line with the radical "personhood" movement.
Debra L. Ness, president of National Partnership for Women & Families, encouraged the U.S. Senate “to refuse to confirm a nominee who poses such a significant threat to the health and well-being of women and families.”
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has the power to work on behalf of the country to try to ensure that reproductive health and rights are topics addressed by the global community. But Haley seems unlikely to champion these issues, given her anti-choice record.
Liberty University, an ultra-conservative school in Virginia, threatens students with punishment should they receive or help someone receive abortion care. The school also warns women students to be wary of the length of their dresses and fiercely opposes LGBTQ rights.
Perhaps what is most notable about Trump's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is what isn’t included: any mention of the incredibly popular protections for those with pre-existing conditions and the birth control benefit.
If he were to become secretary of health and human services, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) could lead the charge in rolling back the ACA’s birth control benefit, which requires employer-sponsored health insurance plans to cover contraception as preventive care at no cost to the consumer.
"I have worked on projects with Sen. Sessions in the past and know him to be an experienced prosecutor and a principled pro-life advocate with a reputation for honesty," said Troy Newman, whose group, Operation Rescue, is known for its campaigns to intimidate and harass abortion care providers.