Republicans try to sneak fetal personhood language into tax plan

Republicans never stop trying to ban abortion—even, apparently, when drawing up plans on how to tax college savings. In the section on 529 college savings accounts, Republicans added a provision on “treatment of unborn children,” defined specifically as “a child in utero,” which “means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” Emily Peck reports that:

Pro-abortion rights advocates were quick to call out the language. “This is a back-door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception,” Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said in a statement. “The tax code is no place to define what constitutes an ‘unborn child.’ What’s next, giving a Social Security number to a zygote?” […]

Abortion foes believe that if fetuses were legally considered people, then abortion would

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Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood

Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS’s CONAN with host Conan O’Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

Love it.

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Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood

Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS’s CONAN with host Conan O’Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

Love it.

Watch the clip below:

After fighting for her right to an abortion, immigrant teen finally gets one this morning

Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Washington, DC, ruled that Jane Doe, a 17-year-old immigrant woman in federal custody, had the right to obtain an abortion. This ended a month-long battle with the Trump administration, who repeatedly attempted to block her from terminating her pregnancy. While in a detention center for unaccompanied minors, Doe sought and received a judge’s permission to have an abortion without parental consent. Because the administration felt it perfectly acceptable to make this decision for her, they filed appeal after appeal to delay the abortion. Yet, a state judge, a federal judge, a panel of appeal judges and the full appeals court all said the same thing—Jane Doe is entitled to have the abortion she seeks and it’s absolutely none of the government’s business.

While many of us were worried that the administration would appeal the most recent decision and try to take an appeal to

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Appeals court rules against Trump administration, says immigrant teen has right to an abortion

After several weeks of attempted delays by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled on Tuesday that a 17-year-old immigrant woman in custody must be allowed to have the abortion she requested last month. 

A U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in federal custody to obtain an abortion.

The ruling Tuesday by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that at least temporarily blocked the teen from having the procedure.

Jane Doe, whose name is not being released in the press, is currently in a detention facility for unaccompanied minors in Texas. She has requested that she be permitted to have an abortion without parental consent since she is in the country without guardians. Though she made the request on September 11, the

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Sessions’ Dept. of Justice will say anything to prevent an undocumented immigrant’s right to choose

On Friday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit’s U.S. Court of Appeals entered an order preventing a 17-year-old undocumented woman in federal detention from exercising her constitutional right to choose. This happened despite the fact that she had already sought and received an order from a Texas state court judge confirming that she was mature enough to make this decision on her own, and that all she needed was the same freedom to visit her doctor for the purposes of terminating her pregnancy, which the Trump/Sessions Department of Justice (DOJ) would readily grant if she were continuing her pregnancy.

Over the weekend, the ACLU filed an emergency petition calling for for the entire D.C. Circuit to review this case, and it makes the same strong arguments as Judge Patricia Ann Millett’s dissent on Friday: time is of the essence, given that Jane Doe is 15 ½ weeks pregnant, her constitutional rights are clear,

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Lawyers for immigrant teen take her fight for an abortion to full appeals court in Washington, D.C.

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On Friday, Oct. 20, an appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Trump administration cannot block a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant woman in a detention facility from getting an abortion. In case you are keeping count, that’s now two individual judges (one at the state level, one at the federal level) and an appeals court panel of three judges that have all come to the same conclusion: this young woman has the right to have an abortion if she wants one. Yet the administration is still persisting in its attempt to force this woman into motherhood. 

Despite three court rulings that have been on her side, it is still a real possibility that Jane Doe, as the teen is known, will not get the abortion that she seeks. In Friday’s ruling, while the court said the administration couldn’t block her from an abortion, they also gave immigration authorities

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In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded

When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

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In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded

When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

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In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded

When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

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Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’

A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’

A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’

A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Federal courts smack down extremist forced-birther laws in Arkansas and Alabama

Over the past 14 months there have been a number of encouraging court rulings on abortion, starting with Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt last June. There were a couple more last Friday, as reported by Jezebel:

In Arkansas, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on four laws, three of which would have gone into effect on Tuesday, in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Little Rock abortion provider Dr. Frederick Hopkins. The laws ban a common second-trimester abortion  procedure known as dilation and evacuation; impose restrictions regarding the fetal remains that could allow a woman’s sexual partner or even her rapist, to effectively block her abortion ; expand requirements around reporting a minor’s abortion  to law enforcement; and require providers to obtain records of a

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Federal courts smack down extremist forced-birther laws in Arkansas and Alabama

Over the past 14 months there have been a number of encouraging court rulings on abortion, starting with Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt last June. There were a couple more last Friday, as reported by Jezebel:

In Arkansas, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on four laws, three of which would have gone into effect on Tuesday, in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Little Rock abortion provider Dr. Frederick Hopkins. The laws ban a common second-trimester abortion  procedure known as dilation and evacuation; impose restrictions regarding the fetal remains that could allow a woman’s sexual partner or even her rapist, to effectively block her abortion ; expand requirements around reporting a minor’s abortion  to law enforcement; and require providers to obtain records of a

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In Texas, Republicans are undeterred in their attempts to prevent women from accessing abortions

Texas has been on a roll in its efforts to restrict women’s access to reproductive rights for the last forty-plus years. It is the metaphorical ground zero in the fight for abortion rights—as Roe v. Wade was first filed there back in 1970. And since conservative politicians there have always used religious doctrine combined with power and influence to try to legislate what a woman can do with her body, it comes as no surprise that at this very moment they are still trying to pass a number of bills designed to limit women’s access to abortion. 

Texas’s Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick forced a 30-day special session of the state Legislature starting July 17. It was, he said, to pass the state’s infamous bathroom legislation that would prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom that best aligns with their gender. But, considering it is Texas, and conservative lawmakers in

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In Texas, Republicans are undeterred in their attempts to prevent women from accessing abortions

Texas has been on a roll in its efforts to restrict women’s access to reproductive rights for the last forty-plus years. It is the metaphorical ground zero in the fight for abortion rights—as Roe v. Wade was first filed there back in 1970. And since conservative politicians there have always used religious doctrine combined with power and influence to try to legislate what a woman can do with her body, it comes as no surprise that at this very moment they are still trying to pass a number of bills designed to limit women’s access to abortion. 

Texas’s Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick forced a 30-day special session of the state Legislature starting July 17. It was, he said, to pass the state’s infamous bathroom legislation that would prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom that best aligns with their gender. But, considering it is Texas, and conservative lawmakers in

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Abortion is ‘not a litmus test’ for House Democrats in 2018 campaign

Candidates who oppose a woman’s right to choose can still get help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the quest for a Democratic House majority in 2018:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) said there will be no litmus tests for candidates as Democrats seek to find a winning roster to regain the House majority in 2018.

“There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” said Luján, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.”

No litmus tests? Are we talking about the Democratic Party allowing people the wiggle room to say they’re personally opposed to abortion but don’t support laws taking control over their own bodies out of women’s hands? Or are we talking about the Democratic Party giving

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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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