“If these politicians feel the need [to] prove their anti-choice bona fides before Election Day, that is probably a sign that pro-choice organizing is gaining ground,” said Kierra Johnson, executive director of the pro-choice advocacy group URGE.
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The analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families singles out a dozen states lacking even a single workplace protection for new parents–beyond what's required by federal law. These states also severely curb abortion-care access in health insurance.
Neither the U.S. House of Representatives nor the U.S. Senate have finalized the items on the legislative agenda. But if all goes as planned, lawmakers will leave Washington, D.C., by the end of the week and won’t return until at least November—potentially later.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) characterized abortion care as a “tragedy for any life, no matter what color,” but ultimately found as much fault with Black Americans who make the reproductive health-care decision as those who advocate on behalf of civil rights.
Democrats have been increasingly proactive in attacks on the Hyde Amendment. The 2016 Democratic Party platform, for the first time, calls for repealing Hyde, though the process for undoing the yearly federal appropriations rider remains unclear.
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.