Last week, a boy in Colorado picked up a used condom on his school’s playground and put it into his mouth. Though this might not seem like news, media outlets across the country, and even internationally, have focused on his risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.
This week on Reality Cast, Corrine Rivera-Fowler of COLOR explains the fight over “personhood” in Colorado. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses allegations of sexism against Rand Paul and anti-abortion legislation in Tennessee.
Colorado pro-choice activists on Wednesday decried a bill introduced by state Republicans in response to a grotesque crime against a pregnant woman that would give “personhood” rights to fetuses.
Republicans continue to oppose efforts by Democrats to pass the legislation, which would provide $5 million to replace private funding that supported the program during a five-year pilot phase. The private funds run out June 30.
In March, an attacker in Colorado cut a fetus from the womb of a pregnant woman. Now, state Republicans have introduced legislation allowing an “unborn child,” from fertilization until birth, to be considered the victim of a crime.
The attack on Michelle Wilkins was an unfathomable act of cruelty. However, Colorado legislators must not use it as grounds for passing new feticide laws that will actually make pregnant women vulnerable to arrest and punishment.
A brutal attack on a pregnant Colorado woman ignited an effort to pass a fetal-homicide bill, which would allow a fetus to be considered a victim of a crime. Pro-choice activists say Colorado already has laws designed to punish perpetrators of crimes involving fetuses, and they say a new law could undermine a woman’s right to choose.
A decision by the Colorado Civil Rights Division clears a Denver baker who refused to decorate cakes with anti-LGBT messages and images.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Lynn Paltrow explains the Purvi Patel case in Indiana, and host Amanda Marcotte discusses the “religious freedom” debate. In another segment, Marcotte examines how conservative rhetoric on rape is getting uglier.
The combination of mass incarceration and inflexible foster laws leads to an extraordinary, disproportionate punishment that overwhelmingly affects poor and minority women, an expert told RH Reality Check.