Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the front-lines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and† fight back against the War on Women.
We are exactly one week from the start of Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a landmark piece of legislation that, among other things, ends the systematic practice of gender discrimination in health insurance pricing and coverage. With all the attacks and misinformation circulating around the bill it’s easy to forget all it has already accomplished, especially for women. Thankfully the National Women’s Law Center put together this video to help remember the millions of Americans covered and billions in health care costs saved thanks to Obamacare.
Meanwhile the battle for choice wages on in the states. Despite some early signs that lawmakers were getting cold feet, Idaho passed it’s own mandatory ultrasound bill on Monday. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.
In Ohio, anti-choice advocates have started performing exorcisms at clinics in addition their usual protests.
Tennessee is advancing a dangerous bill that would publish medical information for any woman who has an abortion and any doctor who performs one.
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) insists he has a Tenth Amendment right to strip Planned Parenthood funding if he wants to.
And from the fighting back category of stories is this awesome video from a Rick Santorum rally, because sometimes just doing the obvious is the most effective form of protest. And because whenever possible I want to end this post on a good note. Like this heartwarming engagement.
Come back tomorrow for another round-up of the latest news and commentary on the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, weíll cover the latest. And thanks to those who have submitted story suggestions already–I’m hard at work on a couple already, so please check back!
Photo from Army Medicine via flickr.
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