Nicole Knight is the Western regional reporter with Rewire, where she covers the politics of reproductive health and equality in the Western United States.
She previously covered county government and transportation for the Orange County Register. Her freelance work has exposed camps to train anti-abortion teens and revealed the scare tactics of crisis pregnancy centers. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Pacific Standard, and Los Angeles Times.
“Nobody should be paid so little they can’t afford basic necessities, and no one should have to choose between working at the job they need to pay the bills and caring for themselves or the family they love in a time of crisis."
"There is no evidence that simply changing the Medicaid reimbursement threshold would sweep in any new providers, and it doesn’t change the fact that the provision itself is rooted in advancing a politically motivated social agenda."
The legislation offers a progressive financing mechanism that covers close to 100 percent of low-wage workers' income, meaning workers will no longer be forced to choose between a paycheck and their family.
"J.P. Morgan’s parental leave policy is outdated and discriminates against both moms and dads by reinforcing the stereotype that raising children is women’s work, and that men’s work is to be the breadwinner."
"Medically unnecessary restrictions like admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements are state mandated laws thought up by extremists in Jefferson City," Planned Parenthood Great Plains officials said in a statement.
New York City has joined Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and Philadelphia in a move to enforce gender pay equity. "This has become a fast-moving trend across the country," said Maya Raghu with the National Women’s Law Center.
"If the government doesn’t know how many LGBTQ people live in a community, how can it do its job to ensure we’re getting fair and adequate access to the rights, protections, and services we need?" said Meghan Maury of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
“By repealing these protections, Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans let contractors with even the worst track records off the hook–a punch in the gut to workers, taxpayers, and law-abiding businesses," said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project
"This is one more attempt in a long line of attempts to discriminate against the LGBT community and specifically the transgender community," said SK Rossi, advocacy and policy director for the ACLU of Montana.
"These unconstitutional and harmful laws should have never passed in the first place and this is the outcome states face," said Mistie Tolman, an official with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii. "We will continue to challenge laws that create barriers to safe, legal abortion."
So-called abortion reversal is "make-believe health care, because it requires doctors to give information that is not accurate,” said Mistie Tolman, Idaho legislative director and public affairs manager with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii.
The report's authors call public funding restrictions on abortion "state and federally sanctioned classism and racism," as the United States has shifted its public health responsibilities to private donors and nonprofits.
Doctors told Rewire that the Republican-backed legislation imposes an undue and unnecessary burden on physicians and might force the closure of Arizona clinics that can't meet neonatal medical standards.
The legislation would have only permitted abortions after 20 weeks in cases of life endangerment. Violators would have faced civil penalties of at least $500 and the suspension or loss of a medical license.
"It is hard to believe that Mr. Acosta would now be nominated to lead a federal agency tasked with promoting lawful hiring practices and safe workplaces," said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Workers at Andrew Puzder's restaurants, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, were denied breaks, exposed to unsafe work conditions and harassment, and forced to work off the clock or prepare food while they were ill.
A Republican bill directs doctors to check for "evidence of life" during the abortion procedure. Cases of abortion care producing a live birth are exceedingly rare, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Hawaii, of course, has long been a bastion of reproductive rights and I’d like to see it stay that way," state Sen. Karl Rhoads wrote. "I expect the Trump administration to push hard on reproductive issues (well, more accurately the [Vice President]) and viewed this as pushing back."
A new report alleges workers in Andrew Puzder's fast-food empire were denied breaks, exposed to unsafe work conditions and harassment, and forced to work off the clock or prepare food while they were ill.
“The U.S. Senate has all the reason it needs to reject this nomination and demand a labor secretary who will look out for working Americans instead of one who looks for ways to keep them down," said Cathy Ruckelshaus, general counsel and program director for the National Employment Law Project.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich last year demanded that Camelback Family Planning turn over medical documents about the clinic’s procurement and disposal of fetal tissue, and subpoenaed the clinic director to testify about patient records.
"The study suggests that expanding access to abortion, not restricting it, is what is going to protect women’s mental health," said Dr. M. Antonia Biggs, a researcher with the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California, San Francisco.
Jessica Duran had signed a medical consent form that stated: "I understand that the tissue and parts will be removed during the procedure, and I consent to their examination and their use in medical research and their disposal by the clinic and/or physician in the manner they deem appropriate."
The Trump staffer's conviction comes after the president-elect in a tweet leveled unfounded claims of election fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire, and California. He also made the baseless claim that millions voted illegally.
"We're not doctors," said Utah state Rep. Keven Stratton (R-Orem), one of the latest lawmakers to advocate forcing doctors to tell patients that medication abortion is reversible. Arizona doctors called the state's 2015 abortion reversal law "tantamount to quackery."
"If the Attorney General can subpoena the records of women who have had an abortion, there is nothing to stop him from subpoenaing other medical records. This is incredibly troubling," Jean-Jacques Cabou, an attorney representing Camelback Family Planning, told Rewire.
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