Well, it must be almost Valentine’s Day. How do I know? Ohio is getting ready for another heartbeat ban battle. For two consecutive legislative sessions the abortion ban has failed to make it to a full senate vote. Republican Senators who haven’t been supportive of the ban are being targeted in primaries, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, one can expect some sort of traditional heart or flower-based floor shenanigan in support of a new bill. If it is roses, they’d better get in line, though, since Oklahoma anti-choice activists claimed the “rose as pro-life prop at the capitol“ mantle first.
Meanwhile, Ohio has also been considering a number of adoption “reforms,” most of which seem to be more interested in ensuring adopting families receive lots of financial and legal support while pregnant people lose resources. But one “reform” that everyone can probably agree on? A law against “re-homing” adopted children. It’s the least that can be done, especially as the “reforms” they are proposing are the sort that lead to free-for-all adoption in the first place.
Speaking of bills that come back over and over again, Washington state is engaging in its annual attempt to pass a Women’s Reproductive Parity Act, a bill that would require insurance companies that pay for maternity care to also cover abortion services. Like usual, the bill looks destined to die in the Senate. Kentucky is also doing its annual attempt to pass a mandatory ultrasound and 24 hour waiting period bill. It passed the Senate but is expected to get blocked in a House committee.
An attempt to ban telemed abortions in Iowa via the Board of Medicine got blocked by a judge, so lawmakers are trying again, this time through a legislative bill. Why won’t the legislators let it go? Because God. “My Creator, God, gave me a law-abiding focus on how I’m going to proceed on this,” said subcommittee Chairman Kevin Koester, R-Ankeny, prior to the committee meeting on the bill.
West Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina all proposed 20 week bans on abortion this week, and the Oklahoma house proposed a bill to ensure abortion providers tell patients whose fetuses have fatal genetic anomalies that there are perinatal hospices if they would rather give birth. In Virginia, abortion rights advocates are trying to push through bills that will undo some of the restrictive abortion laws passed over the last few years, and a new attempt to use a city council to close an abortion clinic was rebuked. A South Dakota ban on “dismembering” during an abortion could potentially end all second trimester abortions in the state.
North Carolina’s governor said he had no interest in appealing a ruling saying the 2011 mandatory ultrasound law was unconstitutional, but the state’s Attorney General has decided to appeal it anyway. Missouri legislators want to micromanage women’s lives to the point where they are even debating how long they should breastfeed.
Those “emergency” abortion restriction rules that Louisiana attempted to pass are now all being put on the back burner, not just the “30 day wait” that had reproductive rights and civil rights advocates aghast. That means the state’s abortion clinics can stay open for now — until the next time they think no one is watching and try to shove them through again.
Ever wonder where all the signatures for those “grassroots” anti-choice ballot amendment petitions come from? Surprise, they are from Catholic churches. Oh, wait, not a surprise. Also not a surprise? Anti-choice protest organizers claim “half a million” came out to march against a relaxing of French abortion restrictions. News organizations say the number didn’t even reach 100,000. Then again, that’s near the amount that came out in Spain to rally against that country’s decision to restrict abortion even further, so maybe it evens out.
The Lean In foundation says this congresswoman is an inspiring feminist. Too bad she’s always voting against bills that actually help women, like reproductive rights and equal pay.
Finally, in good news, another study proves that HPV vaccines don’t lead to girls being more promiscuous. Go figure.
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