In contrast to last year’s SOTU response, Joni Ernst barely nodded at the issue of abortion. But that doesn’t mean congressional Republicans are letting it go. Instead, they are ready to vote on five bills meant to restrict reproductive rights.
“It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday night.
The White House called HR 36 “an assault on a woman’s right to choose” and a “direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s holdings on abortion,” such as Roe v. Wade.
Lawmakers in West Virginia introduced a bill Tuesday mirroring the 20-week abortion ban legislation introduced by Congress. HB 2153, the deceptively named Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would make illegal abortions after 20 weeks after fertilization, except when the pregnant person’s health is at serious risk.
Many people expect Sen. Dianne Feinstein to join Sen. Barbara Boxer in retirement in 2018, the same year Gov. Jerry Brown will be termed out. The ensuing scramble for California’s top three seats could determine whether the state’s dominant Democratic Party swings in a conservative or progressive direction.
Virginia lawmakers on Wednesday filed a handful of bills related to reproductive and sexual health—and they are almost all pro-choice, and could roll back anti-choice policies pushed through by Virginia Republicans in recent years.
The 84th Texas Legislature convened this week, with a new batch of lawmakers, lobbyists, and elected officials poised to defend some of Texans’ most cherished freedoms: baked goods and the public possession of unlicensed handguns.
Though the number of anti-choice laws enacted in states across the United States fell to 27 last year, from 52 in 2013, the country still deserves an overall “D” grade for access to abortion services, according to a report released Wednesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America.
“The tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in a speech this week.
“Once you run and once you win with an unabashed progressive feminist standard, then it becomes easier for everybody else who’s running,” says the chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus about Boxer’s legacy.