I had thought that as a "good" progressive and a "woke" Black person, I could see Keith Lamont Scott's complexity without blinders and bias. But what I realize now is that state violence goes so deep, it may take my lifetime—and certainly longer than Scott's—to excavate it.
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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.
California offers abortion care coverage under a program called Medi-Cal—rejecting the federal funding ban on abortion care imposed by Hyde Amendment, which turns 40 this month.
"These types of extreme proposals are wildly unpopular with the public and have failed every single time they have been put before voters," Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told Broadly. "It's blatantly unconstitutional and shows the true colors of abortion opponents: to punish some who need reproductive health care."
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.
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.