The reorganization of the Virginia senate’s education and health committee under Democratic control has given a boost to pro-choice legislation. Bills repealing mandatory ultrasound and insurance coverage restrictions will now move to the full senate.
If the Reproductive Parity Act is signed into law, the state would be the first in the nation to mandate that private health insurance plans cover abortion.
The new rules would drastically redefine what constitutes a “medically necessary” abortion for purposes of Medicaid coverage.
A Montana judge ruled that attorneys for the State of Montana cannot defend two recent parental involvement laws because courts in the state have previously ruled similar restrictions unconstitutional.
Following the amendment of the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, city employers are now required to provide “reasonable” workplace accommodations for pregnant employees, such as access to water and bathroom breaks.
If any of the bills passed, Missouri would join Utah and South Dakota as the only states with 72-hour waiting periods.
A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.
A state court issues a landmark decision for transgender rights, while the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology lifts its ban on treating men.
The decision marks the first time a state court has ruled that students must be allowed to use restrooms of the gender with which they identify. Federal courts have not yet ruled on the issue.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, joined members of Congress’ Pro-Choice Caucus for a press conference following the House passing the anti-choice bill HR 7. Other speakers included Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL).