On Memorial Day 2015, the Texas Senate passed an anti-abortion bill that would make it far harder for abused, abandoned, and neglected minors who rely on “judicial bypass” to obtain an abortion. The bill would also require doctors who provide abortion care to demand government ID from their patients.
State conservatives volleyed their constituents’ access to reproductive health care back and forth on Sunday in a series of last-minute deals, ultimately resulting in a late-night vote, taken without Democrats and moderate Republicans, to reopen debate on a bill that would ban insurance coverage for legal abortion.
The governor’s executive action is in response to the failure of the GOP-majority state legislature to pass the so-called Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act, which would codify discrimination of LGBTQ people by those who oppose marriage equality.
Republicans want abortion providers to assume every patient is underage unless the patient can present an unspecified “valid governmental ID,” which could end legal abortion care for undocumented Texans.
I can’t help but feel frustrated that no matter what deals our progressive lawmakers strike, someone’s getting thrown under the bus—and, so often, that someone is a Texan who has the least political power, the fewest economic resources, the lowest level of socio-cultural capital.
Pro-choice advocates say state Sen. Ellen Roberts’ votes in the state legislature this year undermined her claims of supporting abortion rights in Colorado.
The Republican-dominated U.S. House voted 242 to 184 Wednesday to pass a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide, with no exceptions for a woman’s health or fetal anomalies, and with rape and incest exceptions that advocates call callous and cruel.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will take executive action to raise the minimum wage of fast-food workers in the state, after state Republican legislators refused to go along with the wage hike.
The new guidelines clarify that insurers must cover at least one of each of the 18 FDA-approved methods of birth control, as well as cancer screenings and preventive care for transgender people.
“This is not the Red Sox versus the Yankees,” Sanders said. “I ask the media’s help on this—allow us to discuss the important issues facing the American people.”