Scott Lemieux breaks down 2012 and lays out what to expect in 2013 in the Supreme Court. Michigan passes a grotesque anti-abortion law, and Philadelphia high schools install free condom dispensers.
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
Despite public outcry, the massive omnibus anti-abortion superbill will now become law.
The Republican governor may be hoping to revamp his image as one of the most unpopular governors in the country.
Those who seek to dismantle unions and those who seek to deny women’s bodily autonomy are not two separate groups with two separate motivations. They are the same conservative politicians, motivated by a desire to protect their own interests by preserving the current hierarchy—one which places rich white men at the top of the social and economic order.
Is that what his one paragraph bill summary told him?
Another for-profit business looks to render religious freedom meaningless.
Sometime after midnight, the Michiagan House and Senate both voted one last time on HB 5711, giving concurrence to a final version of the bill.
Last stop for the anti-abortion superbill? The governor’s desk. But will he sign the bill or veto it?
On the Senate floor earlier today, Senator Rebekah Warren—longtime champion of reproductive rights—offered several amendments to the bill, all of which were defeated. Warren argued for the removal of the tele-med ban, pointing out the necessity of tele-medicine access in a state with many rural areas that lack abortion providers.