Republicans facing off in Saturday night’s presidential debate sparred over whose anti-choice stances were the most draconian.
Viewers might expect Trapped to be a grim, national montage—but it’s not. Instead, it’s something much more powerful: an intimate portrait of a handful of providers in Texas and Alabama who are fighting not only to keep their doors open, but to reduce the stigma against abortion propagated by the religious right.
The move is part of Republican lawmakers’ conservative agenda designed to “send a message to voters.”
A report links an increase in Medicaid-paid births to diminished access to injectable contraception as a result of excluding Planned Parenthood affiliates from Texas’ Medicaid program.
“Protecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in crisis settings is essential and a matter of human rights, but it is also complicated and unsustainable without a change in the way humanitarian assistance is provided and funded,” states a recently published report from the UN Population Fund.
The Zika virus, in addition to being a widespread medical crisis, has effectively drawn attention to elected leaders’ neglect of women’s reproductive rights in many of the affected countries.
Anti-choice legislation proliferates most in states with GOP-held legislatures, and the vast majority of bills are sponsored by Republican lawmakers.
Gavel Drop is a roundup of the good, bad, and absurd in the courts.
Gov. Matt Bevin has vowed to shut down Planned Parenthood’s new clinic, and Democrats have changed a bill that forces women to receive in-person consultation before accessing abortion care.
These anti-government groups, quite a few of whom have deep ideological ties with white supremacist organizations and individuals, should alarm the left. Their philosophies often have foundations of racism, colonialism, and restriction of reproductive rights—and their numbers are growing.