A Kansas program designed to test welfare applicants for drug use—supported by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is known for boasting over enrollment cuts to the state’s program for low-income families—has resulted in only 20 drug tests in the four months since it began.
Even with a disastrous deficit of $1.4 billion, the proposed 2014-15 Pennsylvania budget is pouring more money into an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center network that recently made headlines for “failing to see a single client” in another state, despite a significant government contract there.
Indiana and Kansas show the battle over abortion rights and access is growing in intensity in some parts of the country.
Welfare reform family caps punish the poor for having children. Repealing such laws sometimes creates common ground for pro-choice and “pro-life” groups.
In an economy rife with low-wage jobs and long-term unemployment for women, the need for reproductive freedom is even more critical. Yet, Ohio’s budget achieves exactly the opposite, as if to mock the state’s women.
The governor had little problem using his veto pen on the state budget, but wouldn’t cross of any one of five anti-women, anti-health amendments.
Advancing policies for the benefit of the rich, whilst kicking the poor among us in the teeth, is a mainstay of the Republican Party.
If we still need more evidence that reproductive freedom is an economic issue, the challenge of affording child care is ripe for discussion.
Georgia will use federal TANF money for domestic violence shelters which could eliminate services for women without children, what do state ant-abortion bills say about women, Arizona enacts more anti-abortion legislation, and Starbucks selling a maternal health benefit CD.
Coverage of the economic crisis focuses on the fate of the newly poor middle class. But stories about those who were already poor in the “best of times” have been few and far between.