“It’s just a fake front issue to talk about abortion,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of HR 7, the anti-choice bill passed just hours before Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “What they’re really talking about is contraception, family planning, the judgment of women.”
Let’s go behind the statistics—behind the political rhetoric—to talk about the real impact of restrictions on abortion and bans on coverage.
At the annual protest against the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, anti-choice activists got a blessing from Pope Francis and a promise from the House majority leader.
The bill marked up today has next to no chance of passing the Senate in this session, but that doesn’t mean House passage poses no threat.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue announced a new electoral strategy at the group’s news conference on its annual report: “go deep, go early” into state races that send a pro-choice message.
The newest version of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would place tax penalties on women who seek abortion, and permanently forbid the District of Columbia from helping poor women pay for abortions.
When Senate Democrats overcame a threatened filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment compensation, even they were surprised. But they’re not out of the woods yet.
If there’s any unifying theme to the barrage of right-wing attacks launched over the past year, it’s the politics of punishment–of teaching you a lesson.
Slowly, real efforts to transform the false work-family dichotomy are emerging, both through legislation as well as through employer initiatives. Programs like paid family leave and on-site child care can help working families over the long haul—yet it is rare to find either offered to low-wage workers in this country.
If Congress is unable to meet its December 13 deadline to address the sequester, the struggle for low-income domestic violence survivors
to access safe housing will intensify.