After Maine Gov. Paul LePage made national news earlier this month by claiming to have “pocket vetoed” 19 bills that became law without his signature, messages started popping up in my inbox saying things like “An accidental win!” and “Maine—accidentally—outlaws shackling pregnant women?”
I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.
Illinois legislators will be working overtime this summer: Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly are in a showdown with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as he slashes social services that impact vulnerable populations across the state.
With his announcement that he would sign a 20-week abortion ban should one reach his desk, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joins a slate of fervently anti-choice Republican presidential candidates who support a flatly unconstitutional law.
Trans prisoners continue to be housed in facilities with the opposite gender, resulting in discrimination, trauma, and rape.
Overall, the conservative majority on the Roberts Court has made it clear that business interests are their interests. But when given another chance to hand corporate owners a big win last week, they hedged.
Newly elected Gov. Bruce Rauner has introduced a series of cuts to vital services for our region’s most vulnerable, including the elderly, homeless people, women, children, and individuals with disabilities.
The Illinois Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require religiously affiliated hospitals that refuse to offer certain services to provide patients with accurate information about those procedures and where they are available.
Illinois is facing budget crisis, and Gov. Bruce Raune has a plan to address the state’s financial woes that comes straight out of the playbook of Midwestern Republican governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Mitch Daniels in Indiana.
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.