Rachel Maddow calls out Mitt Romney for vague stance on abortion in cases of rape and incest, as the Republican Party’s attitude towards victims changed dramatically just over the last few years.
Unhappy that the new TRAP law mandating unnecessary clinic regulations isn’t having as much impact as anti-choice lawmakers hoped, the anti-choice Virginia State Attorney General Cuccinelli is refusing to approve the medical boards recommendations.
In the first half of 2012, states enacted 95 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. As was the case in 2011, issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education once again were significant flashpoints in many legislatures .
The state has corrected their list of clinics that provide “free ultrasounds” that women can visit before an abortion, but they still are all crisis pregnancy centers.
Women in Virginia who want to terminate a pregnancy may find themselves with new roadblocks as the state tries to trick them into visiting crisis pregnancy centers first.
It was announced last week that Iowa House members are pushing emergency rulemaking for the state Department of Human Services to halt medical coverage for abortion care in cases of rape or incest, or severe physical or mental fetal deformities. It just doesn’t get more mean-spirited, out of touch and just plain awful than that.
Although most people know that Title IX requires schools to provide girls and boys with equal athletic opportunities, it goes much further and is intended to ensure that our schools are free of gender-based discrimination and harassment across all educational and extra-curricular programs. It’s time to put more effort into making this a reality.
The Charlottesville branch of the group protested the bill’s requirement with nearly 1000 tubes of lube.
Board members faced with “legal advice” from the AG’s office that is clearly informed more by political objectives than legal principles should decline to follow it and take whatever action is necessary to see that the regulations that they believe are in the best interests of Virginians are published and implemented.
The onerous TRAP regulations are essentially removed — unless a new clinic opens.