Ultrasound Mandate Struck Down in Oklahoma

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 10:00 am

The backlash to the war on women has been moving forward. This week, an Idaho bill that would have mandated ultrasounds for abortion seekers died in the legislature, a victory for women’s rights in one of the most conservative states in the nation.

But the backlash is also getting an assist from a district court in Oklahoma.


Backlash on the War on Women Growing in Strength, Power

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:45 pm

If we’re seeing any renaissance in American politics at the moment, it comes from a backlash against an ever-advancing policy against the ability for women to think and make choices for themselves. Women — and the men who respect them — have had enough of conservative overreach, and we’re seeing a real and sustained pushback.

Goodbye, Texas Women’s Health Program

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 4:59 pm

On March 14th, 2012, at least 300,000 low-income and uninsured Texas women will have no or greatly-reduced access to basic preventive and reproductive health care due to the loss of federal funding for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program in the state. The program has been under threat for months as lawmakers fight over whether it’s legal to exclude Planned Parenthood from the program.

On Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters in Houston that the federal government would not extend its waiver, which provided about 90 percent of the cost of the program. It is against federal law to exclude “qualified providers” from providing Medicaid care, and while the federal government considers Planned Parenthood “qualified,” the state of Texas does not.

Abortion Foes Turn to Restricting Access Through Regulatory Burdens

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 9:15 am

Before we went into Afghanistan, I remember reading about a law there ruling that women couldn’t become doctors, and couldn’t be treated by a male doctor. And I thought to myself, that’s some creative hatred. You have to get up early and actually think about hatred like that.

This is what we’ve seen from our stateside version of the Taliban when it comes to abortion laws.

Poll: Birth Control Issue Hurting Republicans in Battleground States

By: Thursday March 8, 2012 2:20 pm

I noticed yesterday that Republicans ran away from further votes on the issue of birth control. It was pretty obvious that their position, which started as a paean to religious freedom but started to sound suspiciously like conservatives just didn’t believe in birth control – certainly not as a preventive health measure, was hurting them with the public. But we didn’t know how much until a new poll secured the data.

Republicans Bravely Run Away From Further Birth Control Votes

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 12:35 pm

Remember the charge of the light brigade last week after the defeat on the Blunt amendment vote? Conservative lawmakers said they would not retreat, would not rest until all women had to get permission slips from their employers to access legal medical services? Flash forward to a week later and they’re not fighting on. In the Senate, Roy Blunt, author of the amendment giving employers a say over health care decisions, basically pronounced “mission accomplished” today.

Murkowski Has Remorse Over Supporting Blunt Amendment

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 1:20 pm

Apparently, Lisa Murkowski was unprepared for the impact of her voting for the rule to have employers dictate the health care choices of half the nation’s population. Whatever religious freedom case conservatives wanted to make when putting the power of health care decisions in the hands of employers and taking them away from women has been thoroughly discredited. Murkowski almost certainly knew that at the time – she admitted in an interview that the language was “overbroad” – and still voted for it.

Revised, Still Offensive Ultrasound Bill Passes In Virginia

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 8:00 am

While everyone was high-fiving the pullback by the Virginia legislature of their trans-vaginal ultrasound bill and happily discussing how conservatives had overreached on social issues, the GOP determinedly made their changes and passed a mandatory ultrasound bill that contains several provisions humiliating to women and may become the GOP’s model for other states.

Alabama Backs Down on Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound, but Anti-Abortion Laws Elsewhere Persist

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 10:00 am

The Republican Party has decided to run on a platform of sticking a speculum inside of women, but every time people find out about it, the GOP backs off. In Virginia, the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill was changed to a trans-abdominal ultrasound. The State Senate passed over a chance to vote on that bill yesterday, but may take it up today. In Alabama, the outrage over a trans-vaginal ultrasound bill didn’t even last 24 hours before the bill sponsor agreed to changes.

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