January started off with conservatives across the country focusing legislative efforts on—what else—curbing abortion rights.
As state legislative sessions gear up for what could be one of the worst years on record for reproductive rights, anti-choice lawmakers across the country have in recent weeks filed barrages of laws that would restrict access to safe and legal abortion. Many of these laws are identical, or nearly so, to laws that have repeatedly failed in the same states where they are being reintroduced.
The Missouri General Assembly began the 2015 legislative session Wednesday with a focus on state laws and policies related to the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, and the subsequent police crackdown last year in Ferguson.
On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte looks at the year ahead in reproductive rights and wonders whether NPR is back to drawing false equivalence between pro-choice and anti-choice activism in its abortion coverage. In addition, a representative from Guttmacher explains how the anti-choice movement is selective about when it claims abortion is contraception.
A federal lawsuit claims the Ferguson-Florissant School Board election process blocks Black voters out of the political process.
The Supreme Court gave equality advocates two rare victories in abortion and immigration battles in Arizona.
Only when our society acknowledges what Black women are doing and have been doing to advance equality for all will people truly understand why Black lives matter.
Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they pull off in 2015.
Just in case you were getting nostalgic for statements from the GOP as stupid as Todd Akin’s.
Missouri in 2014 led all state legislatures in introducing bills designed to restrict reproductive rights. It appears that lawmakers in the state are working to ensure that Missouri may once again earn that distinction in 2015.