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.
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.
“And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams,” said Hillary Clinton in her Wednesday concession speech.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday at 1:15 a.m. that Sen. Pat Toomey had won re-election in Pennsylvania, leading his party to cinch the Senate’s majority. Sen. Marco Rubio's victory came earlier Tuesday.
Donald Trump created an anti-choice advisory council, pledged to nominate anti-choice justices to the Supreme Court in hopes of making the repeal of Roe v. Wade happen "automatically," and promised to help pass a 20-week abortion ban to solidify his credentials with anti-choice voters.
Clinton has been consistent on her reproductive health stances. For his part, Trump has repeatedly changed positions on abortion, though he has said he supports over-the-counter contraception being available to women.
Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons called the fire and vandalism at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, which has a congregation of about 200 people, a “hateful and cowardly act” and “an attack on the Black church and the Black community,” during a Wednesday press conference.
Susan B. Anthony List on Monday announced a last-minute six-figure digital ad buy in Missouri and North Carolina, in an effort to reach 550,000 anti-choice “low propensity voters multiple times online.”
Vermont's Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott has said he opposes so-called partial-birth abortions—a non-medical term coined by anti-choice groups in an effort to make abortion restrictions easier to pass—and would support a fetal homicide bill.
Trump claimed that many religious leaders support him in the 2016 presidential race but won't endorse him because of the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision barring tax-exempt organizations like churches from making political endorsements.
“It’s about the suppression of votes, just to get them to stay home. If we can pick up some votes along the way, that’s fantastic, but it’s really about the suppression of votes,” a Trump campaign source said earlier this month.
The Midwestern state's governor's contest is between two candidates who say they are "pro-life," and reproductive rights advocates are wondering how closely either will follow in the footsteps of former Gov. Mike Pence.
“Well, I do stand for the right of women to make incredibly difficult decisions that are medically complex, privately, with her family, with her doctor, and in conversation with her god,” said Katie McGinty, the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, after her Republican opponent outlined a misleading description of later abortion care.
“The spike in hate we’ve seen online this election cycle is extremely troubling and unlike anything we have seen in modern politics. A half century ago, the KKK burned crosses. Today, extremists are burning up Twitter,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said.
The “partial-birth abortion” procedure that debate moderator Chris Wallace referred to is an inflammatory and non-medical term created by the anti-choice National Right to Life Committee in hopes of making abortion restrictions easier to pass.
Though some of the allegations predate it, new accusations came to light after the Washington Post published footage of Trump speaking with then-Access Hollywood personality Billy Bush in 2005 about how he would grope and kiss women, seemingly without their consent.
Many members of the GOP are suddenly reluctant to get behind their presidential nominee's claim that the election is "rigged." But even the 2016 Republican platform says that "voting procedures may be open to abuse. For this reason, we support legislation to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote and secure photo ID when voting."
“Mr. Trump, when I met you I was so impressed with your talents that I wanted to be like you. I wanted a job within your organization,” said Summer Zervos near the end of the press conference. “Instead, you treated me as ... an object to be hit upon.”
The allegations of nonconsensual behavior and assault come amid other claims that Trump behaved inappropriately with women. And CBS News uncovered 2002 footage of Trump commenting about a young girl that he was “going to be dating her in ten years.”
“Donald Trump's words degraded and insulted women in the most flagrant possible way, and yet Hillary Clinton's policy is to allow the murder of a half a million little tiny women every year," Franks said in an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett.
During the debate, Trump also claimed he never actually did the things he suggested he had done in the video, and he seemingly glossed over the notion that kissing or groping women without their consent is assault.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged to "fight back against attempts to restrict access to quality, affordable reproductive health care, and defend access to affordable contraception, preventive care, and safe and legal abortion—not just in principle, but in practice.”
In a a letter to anti-choice leaders earlier this month asking them to join the council, Trump made a series of promises to solidify his commitment to their cause, which included making permanent the Hyde Amendment's annual ban on federal funding for most abortion care and signing a medically dubious 20-week abortion ban into law.
Many of the states that have imposed voting restrictions since 2010 are the same states that had the highest turnout of Black voters in the 2008 election and highest rates of Latino population growth between 2000 and 2010.
These findings come almost exactly a year after some congressional Republicans attempted to use the federal budget to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, risking a government shutdown in the process.
“While many topics deserve the candidates’ consideration—from job creation to immigration to national security—safe and reliable access to abortion is fundamental to all Americans’ ability to determine our own destinies,” pro-choice organizations wrote in a letter to debate moderator Lester Holt.
Rubio made his opposition to abortion rights a cornerstone of his failed run for the Republican nomination this election cycle, so his campaign’s suggestion that an ad highlighting his opposition to abortion rights is wrong seems curious.
“The disability voting bloc is so large because it is so intersectional,” Gregg Beratan, a disability activist, said. “If you ignore the intersectionality of the disability community, then you’re leaving out so many within it.”
The countless examples of the Fox News host’s often extreme and controversial claims about people of color and issues pertaining to race include exclaiming “all lives matter” at protesters during a previous town hall on immigration.
Making an appeal to white people, the Democratic presidential nominee said during a Tuesday appearance on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, "‘Look, this is not who we are.’ We’ve got to do everything possible to improve policing, to go right at implicit bias.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan has undergone an intensive effort to rebrand himself and other Republicans as compassionate toward those living in poverty, but Ryan’s supposed goals of alleviating poverty didn’t make it into the GOP's tax plan.
Trump’s letter outlined the anti-choice policies he is “committed to," including nominating “pro-life justices” to the Supreme Court and signing into law the medically and scientifically dubious “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” in order to enact a nationwide ban on later abortions.
Trump went on to highlight the main components of his child-care plan, including his pitch to create “a crucial safety net for working mothers whose employers do not provide paid maternity leave” by providing "six weeks of paid maternity leave to any mother with a newborn child."
“Newman's endorsement just goes to show why Trump has brought together the anti-choice movement and the racist, misogynistic alt-right: All of them share an intense desire to put women down and prevent us from being full partners in society," NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said.
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