Last week brought a mixed bag of decisions for reproductive justice advocates.
In fact, the FDA reported 458 deaths and 26,000 hospitalizations from taking acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. There have been 14 deaths and 614 hospitalizations linked to RU-468.
Eighteen for-profit companies have filed lawsuits to overturn the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act, which requires that all insurance policies cover birth control without a co-pay as part of preventive care. These companies argue that including insurance coverage for birth control “violates their religious freedom.” Here’s a brief introduction to those companies and their cases.
Rep. Sean Duffy “probably agrees” with mandatory transvaginal ultrasound legislation. But he doesn’t really know because, he says, “I haven’t had one.” Well, I have. I’ve had several, in fact. So, Rep. Duffy, pull up a chair and let me explain how a transvaginal ultrasound works, and how it feels.
After a short and unsurprising debate, the Indiana Senate voted 33 to 16 to pass a bill that will force all clinics that provide RU-486 for early abortions to become licensed surgical abortion facilities, regardless of whether or not they offer surgical abortions.
Both Democrats and Republicans are expressing reservations about a bill that would effectively ban medication abortion in Indiana, despite its proven safety.
With the second ultrasound eliminated via amendment, have reproductive rights advocates lost their advantage?
Time to dispense with the phony concerns for “life.” Now anti-choicers are just straight-up admitting they don’t think women should be having sex for any other reason but procreation.
Rachel Maddow reports on the likelihood of Indiana Governor Mike Pence taking the title of “Governor Ultrasound” from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell because of a bill progressing through the Indiana legislature that would require TWO medically unnecessary vaginal ultrasounds from women seeking abortions in that state.
“Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me,” says a spokesperson for Indiana Right to Life.