Category: women and families

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Pro-Reproductive Health Bill Making Way Through Colorado State Legislature

Last Thursday, the Colorado State Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee advanced a measure that would protect  reproductive rights in the midst of attacks on women’s health across the country. S.B. 175, or the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act” was introduced this March. It was on the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services and was referred unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole last week. S.B. 175′s text states “every individual possesses a fundamental right of privacy with respect to reproductive health care decisions” without interference from the state, which is referring to attacks on women’s health in various states; ”‘reproductive health care’...

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MO STATE REP. GATSCHENBERGER COMPARES ABORTION DECISIONS TO CARPET SHOPPING.

THIS HAPPENED IN MY COMMITTEE TUESDAY….OH, YES. MO Rep. Gatschenberger testified before the House Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on his anti-abortion bill Tuesday, which was captured on video. In doing so, he sounded every bit as tone deaf about the psychological difficulties that women face when considering abortion as one might expect from an old man in power deciding what’s best for women. MSNBC Video – Politics Nation w/ Al Sharpton: Video MSNBC (online story): Missouri GOPer likens abortion to car sales: It requires time, info Pitch: Missouri House representative thinks getting an abortion is like kicking the tires...

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Planned Parenthood to Build New Surgery Center in Texas

 In order to comply with the enactment of the final provision that H.B. 2 in  Texas has put into order,  Planned Parenthood has announced intentions to build a new surgery center in San Antonio, Texas. The final provision of H.B. 2 mandates all abortion procedures—both surgical and medication abortions—be performed or administered in these hospital-like facilities that Planned Parenthood plans to build. There are only six licensed abortion-providing ambulatory surgical centers and 19 abortion clinics left in Texas, which makes the existence of this new surgery center in San Antonio so important.  If a new lawsuit is not successful in...

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State Rep. Jessica Farrar: Forget H.B. 2 and Protect Women’s Health

Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar’s (D) response to the recent ruling on H.B. 2 and how it really is a undue burden to women’s health.  Last summer, the Texas Legislature passed a highly restrictive omnibus abortion bill. Proponents of the bill claimed that the bill’s provisions would benefit women’s health, but in reality they make it much harder for Texas women to access a safe and legal abortion. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks, places restrictions on medical abortions, requires that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and requires that abortion facilities have...

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Senate to Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act

Here is the news we have all been waiting for! The Senate is temporarily halting efforts to push minimum wage so they can push equal pay for equal work in the workforce. Next Tuesday, or Equal Pay Day, is going to be celebrated in the  best way with the U.S. Senate planning to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Act would close the gender wage gap and ensure that men and women are paid equally. Five years ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which eased workers’ defense against discriminatory compensation practices. This act goes further...

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Can the GOP Change Its “War on Women” Image?

Pay attention to this Ladies. Looks like a smoke screen as GOP electeds CONTINUE to make absurd statements and push their anti-women agendas, especially in state legislatures.Missouri, for example, this year has introduced 32 (and counting) pieces of legislation that do nothing but harm women, especially low-income women who have limited choices of reproductive healthcare in the state already.  In the last month, my GOP colleagues  have debated on the floor with absurd statements like “it’s not too much to ask” or ” we want to make sure women know what they’re doing” when pushing for a 72 hour abortion...