Michelle D. Anderson is the Midwest Region Reporting Fellow at Rewire. Her reporting has previously appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Village Voice, Education Week and MLive.com, among other publications. She is based out of Detroit, her hometown. Contact her at email@example.com.
“The bill misunderstands the very purpose of hate crimes—to protect communities that have been marginalized within our society and who are at a higher risk of facing violence simply because of an immutable characteristic they share,” the ACLU of Kentucky said in a statement.
“Companies will have financial interest to limit claims and to discriminate in hiring, especially against women of child-bearing age,” said Ed Lazere, executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.
"We are seeing states all over the country with bills like HB 2 being proposed, but the leadership in these states are saying over and over again, 'Let’s not North Carolina ourselves,'" said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Iowa Republicans' so-called personhood bill could not be modified to “create or recognize a right to an abortion." Other "personhood" proposals have been rejected via ballot measure across the country.
“This law had one purpose: to limit a woman’s access to her constitutionally-guaranteed medical care. We are pleased that the court has agreed,” said Nancy Abudu, legal director for the ACLU of Florida.
If approved by Congress, more than a half million people who work in the city—including those who live outside the District—will receive between 50 and 90 percent of their weekly paycheck while on leave.
“The Republicans, both in the state of Wisconsin and at the national level, are making it a priority to take people’s health care away," state Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) said. "This is just another attempt to infringe on peoples’ health care. And it’s really another attempt to really demean and harass women."
The Michigan legislator pushing for a ban on sanctuary cities said she didn't know which Michigan cities were considered sanctuary cities or whether any municipalities were violating immigration-enforcement laws already in place.
Advocates at the New York-based public policy organization, the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), said the public should not “rely solely on federal protections to ensure residents’ basic rights."
“Part of what Carafem wanted to do was to speak openly and unapologetically about abortion in the same way that other providers speak about their services,” said Melissa Grant, Carafem's vice president of health-care services. “This feels like a First Amendment issue .... It feels wrong.”
"These bills are a solution in search of a problem, a problem that is basically nonexistent," said Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor). "So it seems like it was an ideological response to the issue but one that really has no basis in reality."
“This legislative move is designed to essentially eviscerate the governorship … and that’s a violation of separation of power,” said Michael J. Gerhardt, director of the Program in Law and Government at the UNC School of Law.
The D.C. Paid Family Leave campaign reports that only 17 percent of people who work for low wages nationally have access to short-term disability plans and that family leave is “more critical than ever” because more than half of mothers with infants are in the workforce.
Transfer requirements serve no purpose outside of creating barriers to reproductive care: Abortion-related complications are very rare and federal law already requires hospitals to address patients who need emergency services.
Pennsylvania spent $248.2 million on unintended pregnancies in 2010, in addition to the $478.6 million spent by the federal government. More than half of pregnancies in the state that year were classified as “unintended.”
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic used Facebook to urge the pro-choice community to send comments to the state's health department, saying that many of the recommendations were “blatantly unconstitutional,” “medically unnecessary,” and “intended to shame women.”
The ACLU said the hospital system’s ban on postpartum tubal ligations violated an Affordable Care Act provision because it discriminates on the basis of sex by “denying women a fundamental component of pregnancy- and childbirth-related care.”
Mississippi is one of many states that have sought to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of widely discredited videos by the anti-choice front group known as the Center for Medical Progress.
The fundraising efforts by Movement 2016 come amid Republican claims of nonexistent widespread voter fraud and efforts to intimidate voters in key states, particularly those with a history of voters being disenfranchised.
This is one of two lawsuits filed against Illinois officials for passing the Health Care Right of Conscience Act amendment, which requires clinics to discuss abortion care with people inquiring about the procedure.
The D.C. Chamber of Commerce and the Consortium of Universities have pitched an eight-week paid family leave policy for the District. The groups' proposal comes as the 13-member D.C. council considers the Universal Paid Family Leave Act of 2015.
The study revealed that even with the same education, work experience, metro status, and region of residence, Black men in 2015 made 22 percent less than their white male counterparts and Black women earned 34.2 percent less than white male workers.
“The most important myth we are working to expose is that bishops represent whatever Catholic opinion in public policy matters. We wanted to make sure everyone from all walks of life are heard,” said Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe, domestic program director at Catholics for Choice.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland last week responded to the ballot initiative, saying the law would punish women. “If passed, women and doctors would be imprisoned for any abortion, even one to save a woman’s life,” Copeland said.
The U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Thursday that the state must pay the money to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Affiliated Medical Services, also known as Milwaukee Women’s Medical Services.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg's order will only restrict some parts of the ongoing pipeline construction by Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company. Standing Rock Sioux attorney Jan Hasselman said in a statement that the area did not include a recently discovered ancient burial and prayer site.
Republican Gov. Bill Rauner this month vetoed SB 250, which would have enabled an Automatic Voter Registration process for state residents. The measure garnered some Republican support and passed easily through both of the state's legislative chambers.
In a letter to the State of Ohio Medical Board, representatives from nine groups shared comments made by Gonidakis and said he lacked the objectivity required to remain a member of the medical board. The letter’s undersigned said the board should take whatever steps necessary to force Gonidakis’ resignation if he failed to resign.
“This law would have been especially burdensome to communities of color and people with low income who already often have the least access to care—this law would have made a bad situation worse,” said Iris E. Harvey, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio.
The providers seeking money include Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc., Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Milwaukee Women's Medical Services, which conducts business as Affiliated Medical Services.
The policy, which is an amendment to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, requires physicians and medical facilities to to provide patients upon request with information about their medical circumstances and treatment options consistent with "current standards of medical care," in cases where the doctor or institution won’t offer services on religious grounds.
“Most struggle to afford life’s basic expenses and pay their bills; they shouldn’t have to deal with paychecks that don’t accurately reflect their hard work and the wages to which they are legally entitled,” said David Weil of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Renee Bracey Sherman, a program manager for the We Testify project, told Rewire that society and politicians have long allowed non-experts to speak about abortion rather than the diverse community of people who have intimate experience with the service.
“Now, while Chelsea is suffering the darkest depression she has experienced since her arrest, the government is taking actions to punish her for that pain. It is unconscionable and we hope that the investigation is immediately ended and that she is given the health care that she needs to recover,” said Chase Strangio, an ACLU staff attorney.
Gray, who was Black, died of a neck injury a week after being taken into police custody in April 2015. The 25-year-old’s death led to widespread protest and civil disobedience against racial injustice and a number of reforms in Baltimore and across Maryland.
"The reality is that some young women face desperate circumstances and potentially violent consequences if they are forced to bring their parents into their reproductive health decisions," said Janet Crepps, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights. "This law would have deprived these vulnerable women of their constitutional rights and put them at risk of serious harm."
In New York City, activists called attention to the role the union plays in preventing police accountability. The activists called for the firing a police officer who fatally shot 37-year-old Delrawn Small while off duty in a road rage incident on July 4.
Freddie Gray, 25, died from spinal cord injuries in April 2015, a week after police arrested and took him into custody. Last year, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby brought criminal charges against six of the officers involved with his arrest. Since then, three officers' trials have been completed without convictions.
The official digest language for the law says that pregnant patients considering an abortion “must be given the opportunity to view the fetal ultrasound imaging and hear the auscultation of the fetal heart tone” at least 18 hours before an abortion.
Though the senate's Republican-led Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life stopped short of outright accusing Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri (PPSLR) of selling fetal tissue, its members pointed to what they called "serious gaps" in the affiliate's record as an indication of potential wrongdoing.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a preliminary injunction against the law's final disposition and sex, race, and genetic anomalies ban on Thursday, just a day before the law was to take effect.
In a four-page letter to Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Gov. Jay Nixon said that he disapproved of SB 656 because citizens would be able to bypass the training, education, background check, and permit requirements currently needed to carry a concealed firearm in spaces where it is allowed.
The lawsuit, filed on June 13 in a Michigan district court, claims that female correctional officers in the region have been forced to work unfair overtime shifts and have been denied transfers and promotions at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti.
Larry Pratt sought to clarify his comments in an interview published by ThinkProgress Thursday, saying a surge in gun violence likely wouldn’t take place because several states have passed voter ID laws in recent years.
Mason J. Dunn, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, said that the legislation is important for Massachusetts because it provides necessary protections for transgender people in public spaces, such as hospitals, restaurants, hotels, and parks.
State Sen. Susan Serino (R-Hyde Park), sponsored the bill. She said in April it was “beyond comprehension” that the state would exempt “cupcakes and circus performances” from the sales tax, but not sanitary napkins and tampons.
Iris E. Harvey, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, praised the judge’s temporary order. "Politicians have no business restricting women’s health, and today, the court agreed," Harvey said.
“It’s all about power and control,” said Tara Romano, a domestic violence activist and executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. “We don’t actually know what [Dixon’s] motive was, but it always comes down to control.”
It aims to prevent insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations from requiring "a copayment, coinsurance, or prior authorization requirement" for most contraceptive drugs and services.
“It’s part of a bigger project to improve the working conditions, for the employees’ health and safety,” said Lam Nguyen Ho, founder and executive director of the Community Activism Law Alliance and one of the plaintiff's attorneys.
Ash Whitaker, a transgender student, had used the boys’ restrooms without problems or protest since the beginning of the school year, “until school administrators intervened and threatened him with disciplinary action.”
"It is deeply, deeply concerning that in 2016 we are talking about jailing women’s healthcare providers for protecting their patients’ privacy," said Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood's St. Louis affiliate.
“Our state is among the most difficult states in the nation for women to access abortion care .... With an overabundance of barriers and hoops to jump through, abortion has become nearly impossible to access for many women,” University of South Dakota senior Kerstin Tuttle wrote about the anti-choice measure just signed into law.
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