Republican gains in state legislatures with once-even partisan splits, along with one state’s amendment meant to open the flood gates for abortion restrictions, could spawn a spate of anti-choice legislation in 2015.
On December 11, the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, the Carr Center for Reproductive Justice, and Perkins Coie hosted a teleconference on the dangers of allowing states to detain pregnant women under harmful laws.
According to Tamara Loertscher and her attorneys, unbeknownst to her, as hospital workers were preparing a prescription to treat Loertscher’s thyroid condition, they were also initiating unborn child protection proceedings on behalf of Loertscher’s then 14-week-old fetus.
Wisconsin business interests are publicly lobbying for state lawmakers to pass so-called right-to-work legislation, despite Gov. Scott Walker repeatedly stating that restricting collective bargaining rights would distract from his own legislative agenda.
Why are states continuing to pass abortion restrictions based partly on erroneous theories that abortion harms women? And why are state attorneys general calling as expert witnesses some of the very people who proffered these spurious notions to state legislatures in the first place?
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved changes to the state’s regulation of public utilities that will allow electric providers to nearly double their fixed rates in 2015.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights about what’s going on in Oklahoma. I also talk about how anti-choice politicians defeated the “war on women” narrative, and what happened with ballot initiatives dealing with reproductive rights.
These candidates who rode the 2014 wave to victory hid their own values from the voters, and that speaks volumes about our values.
Though Walker has managed to convince voters he deserves another term, his election is a blow to reproductive rights advocates in the state and around the country.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 quietly repealed equal pay protections for women. You wouldn’t know that from a recent Walker campaign ad.