A heartbeat ban that would have made Ohio’s abortion restrictions the most far-reaching in the country failed Wednesday in the state house by a vote of 46 to 39. The bill needed 50 votes to pass.
South Carolina lawmakers, in their first opportunity to pre-file bills ahead of the 2015-2016 legislative session, last week submitted at least eight anti-choice bills to be taken up next year, featuring an array of radical abortion restrictions pushed by anti-choice legislators across the country.
The Michigan house passed a broad religious freedom bill on Thursday that many believe provides a “license to discriminate” in the name of deeply held religious beliefs.
Nearly two weeks after Brittany Maynard used Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act to end her life at the age of 29, the New Jersey General Assembly passed a similar aid in dying bill that gives terminally ill patients the right to help in precipitating their death.
When Grandma They’re Taking Our Jobs starts up with you over the sweet potatoes about all the babies you’re killing, refuse to engage. Instead, start a new conversation: one that shifts the conversation to the things you believe in.
Gordon Klingenschmitt, a state legislator in Colorado who’s set to take office in January, sees demonic forces at work in everyone from reproductive health-care providers to President Obama, and his extreme views may hurt Colorado’s Republican Party.
Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.
There’s been a sea change in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group that crafted some wide-ranging legislation proposed and enacted by conservative legislatures across the country.
Why did “personhood” fail in Colorado and North Dakota, but a ballot initiative allowing radical anti-choice legislation in Tennessee succeed? Because people are moved to vote anti-choice not by “life,” but by disapproval of others’ sexual experiences.
One of the most significant, long-term effects of the Republican electoral wave of 2014 will not just be who serves as justices in the courts, but who the courts decide are entitled to justice.