Missouri senator calls state’s abortion bill ‘trash.’ Plus, it’s likely to get reamed in court

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Huzzah to State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed. After the Missouri legislature sent its latest forced-birther bill to the governor, the St. Louis Democrat, first elected in 2012, didn’t hold back in her characterization of yet another obstacle added in the path of women seeking abortions. She said

“This trash piece of legislation, which isn’t worth the price of the paper it’s printed on, will go down in flames in a court of law.”

That’s the kind of language we ought to hear a lot more often whenever lawmakers in Missouri or any other state choose to make abortion more difficult, more expensive, more time-consuming, more shaming, more a slap in the face to Roe v. Wade and Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Nasheed thinks the new legislation sent to Eric Greitens, the Republican governor who calls himself “pro-life,” will wind up in court just as some previous regulations have done. In

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Washington county orders ‘fake’ pregnancy centers to post ‘not a health care facility’ disclaimers

Washington state’s King County Board of Health just ruled that crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) must display signage carrying disclaimers that they are not health care facilities. Broadly explains:

As a result of the ruling from the King County Board of Health, crisis pregnancy centers in the Washington county without medical licenses must now post notices reading, “This facility is not a health care facility.” The disclaimer will be translated into ten languages, and also appear in print and digital advertising materials. The move is believed to affect around eight out of the 66 centers operating in Washington state.

This is a great step in the right direction in handling CPCs, which are often run by extreme anti-abortion groups who have no problem misleading vulnerable and scared women. They try to convince visitors to carry their pregnancy to term—even if it means peddling medically incorrect information to

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Wisconsin bill would ban abortion training at university OB-GYN program

Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Andre Jacque introduced a bill that, if passed, would put the University of Wisconsin-Madison OB-GYN residency program’s national accreditation at risk. The bill, which was introduced in April as AB 206, would ban faculty from training their resident physicians in abortion care.

The Journal-Sentinel reports:

Jacque’s bill, introduced in April, would prohibit UW-Madison employees from performing abortions as well as training others or receiving training in performing abortions anywhere other than a hospital. Since the training requires participating in abortions and government dollars can’t be used to facilitate abortions, the training can’t take place at the university hospital. That would leave nowhere for UW-Madison residents to obtain it. They would have to join another residency program if they wanted to become a certified OB-GYN.

If passed into law, this would exacerbate the current OB-GYN shortage in the state, according to local medical groups. Calvin Bruce, a retired family doctor,

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Trump administration secretly cuts $213 million in funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs

Just in case you were wondering, the Trump administration has zero plans to support programs that help teens make healthy choices and not get pregnant. It’s already clear that Trump and his Republican buddies are doing everything humanly possible to deny access to abortions and contraception to women around the country—and in Texas, this has caused the abortion rate among teens to increase. But now, in sinking to a new and despicable low, they’ve gone and cut $213.6 million from teen pregnancy prevention programs and research. 

The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University.

The decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end five-year grants awarded by the Obama administration that were designed to find scientifically valid ways

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Republicans defunded Planned Parenthood in Texas and abortions rose among teens. Who’s surprised?

Republicans have been trying with all their might to stop women from having abortions—by any means necessary. Even though it’s absolutely none of their business what a woman chooses to do with her body, especially since we have the right to contraception and family planning (which includes safe, legal abortions), it hasn’t stopped them from their ridiculous crusade to defund Planned Parenthood and limit funding for family planning all around the country. 

In Texas, they’ve been masterful at this. So far, over the course of several years, they’ve managed to reduce the budget for family planning by millions of dollars which has resulted in the closing of more than 80 women’s health clinics. And, as it turns out, their efforts have only made the teen abortion rate rise

[A study, conducted out of Texas A&M University by economics professor Analisa Packham,] shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family

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Republicans defunded Planned Parenthood in Texas and abortions rose among teens. Who’s surprised?

Republicans have been trying with all their might to stop women from having abortions—by any means necessary. Even though it’s absolutely none of their business what a woman chooses to do with her body, especially since we have the right to contraception and family planning (which includes safe, legal abortions), it hasn’t stopped them from their ridiculous crusade to defund Planned Parenthood and limit funding for family planning all around the country. 

In Texas, they’ve been masterful at this. So far, over the course of several years, they’ve managed to reduce the budget for family planning by millions of dollars which has resulted in the closing of more than 80 women’s health clinics. And, as it turns out, their efforts have only made the teen abortion rate rise

[A study, conducted out of Texas A&M University by economics professor Analisa Packham,] shows that in the first three years after Texas Republicans slashed the family

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Oregon passes comprehensive reproductive health bill that covers the most marginalized communities

Republicans do not want women having control over their own bodies and their reproductive choices. This is clear, not only from their views on abortion in general, but also from the sheer number of laws they have attempted to pass in order to defund women’s health programs—not just domestically but globally. They make no secret of the fact that their views on women and sex are nothing short of puritanical and their obsession with our uteri is not only disturbing, it’s also dangerous and life-threatening. And with Republicans now in control of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, reproductive justice for women seems very unlikely at the federal level. 

Luckily, Democrats are taking up this fight in their respective states. Leading the way is Oregon, which just passed the Reproductive Health Equity Act, requiring health insurance companies to cover a wide range of reproductive services. The bill is currently up

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