Aetna, one of the largest insurance companies in Missouri, agreed to pay $4.5 million in fines for violations of state law that include paying for elective abortions and failing to cover certain autism benefits.
While anti-choice legislation was supposedly not a top priority for lawmakers, the inability to pass any anti-choice proposals might be surprising given Republican majorities of 116-44 in the house and 25-9 in the senate.
The Satanic Temple last week filed a lawsuit against Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, alleging that the state’s abortion restrictions violate temple members’ freedom of religion.
Throughout these efforts, students say, labels like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” took a backseat to story-sharing—perhaps offering insight about ways that young activists, far from being apathetic or disinterested, are engaging their peers about issues of reproductive rights and justice.
In Gonzales, we were handed a devastating loss that set the stage for waves of restrictive and unscientific attacks on abortion rights. Those restrictions have come to a dangerous crest with the anti-choice community’s campaign against D and E abortions.
Anti-choicers have mastered the art of minimizing the impact of abortion laws to trick the public into shrugging them off. By using this method, they are poised to restrict second-trimester abortion access in many states without a major fuss.
An Oklahoma senate committee passed a bill Monday that would increase the state’s mandatory waiting period for a woman seeking abortion care, with one Republican legislator comparing the decision to have an abortion to divorce proceedings.
Since the 2010 midterm elections, when Republicans made massive gains across the country, hundreds of anti-choice bills have been introduced in state legislatures, and more of those bills have become law in that time than during the entire decade prior.
The law enforcement system has been constructed to treat us like sub-human suspects. For some people this comes as a surprise. For others, it is simply reality.
The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the findings of its two civil rights investigations related to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August.