RH Reality Check
Kay Steiger covers Washington DC politics for RH Reality Check in a biweekly column and is an associate editor at CampusProgress.org, as well as a former editorial assistant at The American Prospect. She graduated from the University of Minnesota.
Press reports confirm that Dr. Regina Benjamin, Obama’s choice for surgeon general shares the “President’s views” on choice.
Conscience clauses are becoming an increasingly popular mode of anti-choice legislation. While a bill in Louisiana represents a compromise position, bills pending in other states are more restrictive.
In AT&T vs. Hulteen, the Supreme Court reverted to reasoning from an earlier ruling that discrimination against pregnant women doesn’t count as discrimination against women.
An important consideration related to who ultimately fills Souter’s seat centers on what issues the Supreme Court would face in the near future.
Justice Souter’s retirement will mark the first time a pro-choice president has the opportunity to appoint a justice to the Supreme Court since 1994.
Protests from anti-choice activists continue to stall the nominations of Dawn Johnsen to Office of Legal Counsel and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
After years of being on the defensive, a coalition of pro-choice groups in Illinois worked together to draft a comprehensive pro-active, pro-choice piece of legislation in their state.
At the Men Can Stop Rape conference in DC, a 40% male participant group brainstormed on evolving masculinity, gender relations, re-examining marital rape, and innovations coming from the federal government.
Last week, North Dakota’s Senate defeated legislation that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person. Perhaps most surprising was not that the legislation was defeated but how it was defeated.
At her first confirmation hearing, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius went on record in favor of a public insurance option and conscience clauses in principle.