“It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday night.
The White House called HR 36 “an assault on a woman’s right to choose” and a “direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s holdings on abortion,” such as Roe v. Wade.
“The IWF has never taken a stance on abortion,” executive director Sabrina Schaeffer wrote in an email to RH Reality Check. Certainly, that is IWF’s public position. But RHRC has found that the IWF’s behind-the-scenes relationship with anti-choice groups contradicts what its spokespeople say.
Many people expect Sen. Dianne Feinstein to join Sen. Barbara Boxer in retirement in 2018, the same year Gov. Jerry Brown will be termed out. The ensuing scramble for California’s top three seats could determine whether the state’s dominant Democratic Party swings in a conservative or progressive direction.
Joni Ernst is an example of how far-right views in the Republican Party have become the norm, and how the difference between “right-wing” and “establishment” Republicans is often more about style than substance.
The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans’ most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter introduced bills to defund Planned Parenthood and require admitting privileges, among other anti-choice measures.
“Once you run and once you win with an unabashed progressive feminist standard, then it becomes easier for everybody else who’s running,” says the chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus about Boxer’s legacy.
The surgeon general post could put Vivek Murthy in an ideal position to advocate for sensible, science-based reproductive health policy.
Republican gains in state legislatures with once-even partisan splits, along with one state’s amendment meant to open the flood gates for abortion restrictions, could spawn a spate of anti-choice legislation in 2015.