Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Happy Monday, everyone! ProgressWomen took a break last week to celebrate the holiday, but we’re back. We’re back with stories we didn’t get to cover over the holiday, so we’ll cover them now, including the controversy over Hobby Lobby and birth control, and why the GOP’s late-term abortion bans aren’t really working the way they planned. Check out the four stories below to see what you may have missed over the holiday break!
Hobby Lobby and Their Birth Control Problem
Last week, NY Magazine announced, “ The Supreme Court agreed today to hear the case involving the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that large enough employers must cover birth-control and other reproductive-health costs for their employees. Hobby Lobby — in addition to about 100 plaintiffs in similar lawsuits — claims its ‘religious liberty’ is being impeded upon. At its core, the issue is whether or not the First Amendment applies to corporations as well as people.” Basically, Hobby Lobby feels that they can deny their female employers birth control and other reproductive-health costs for religious reasons, something that has been up for discussion since the ACA (Obamacare) passed. First states are trying to restrict contraceptives, now corporations?
26 Women Share Their Abortion Stories to NY Magazine
This story has gotten some coverage, but not enough W. Last month, 26 women shared their abortion stories to NY Magazine. From heartbreaking stories to why the pro-choice movement is essential to have, these 26 brave women shared their stories for the whole world to read. ProgessWomen is right behind these ladies and their choices!
READ THEIR STORIES: http://nymag.com/news/features/abortion-stories-2013-11/
“Young Lakota” is an amazing documentary that focuses on reproductive justice on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which is home to n estimated 30,000 Oglala Lakota. In Pine Ridge, South Dakota, voters took to the polls in 2006 to decide on a ballot measure aimed to ban any and all abortions, including terminations for pregnancies that were the result of rape or incest. In response to the measure, Oglala Lakota President Cecilia Fire Thunder suggested that her nation would open a women’s clinic on Pine Ridge. Throughout the documentary, young people are featured in the story, especially 21-year-old Sunny Clifford, who is inspired by Fire Thunder’s actions. Clifford chooses to be on Fire Thunder’s side, which captures Clifford’s political awakening.
READ MORE ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY: http://www.thenation.com/blog/177410/young-lakota-reproductive-justice-and-coming-age-rez#
“YOUNG LAKOTA” ON PBS: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/young-lakota/
GOP’s Late-Term Abortion Ban Isn’t Working… Surpising?
Is it shocking that nationwide late-term abortion bans put into place by Republican lawmakers throughout various states isn’t working as they planned? According to new research from medical-school based scholars, when abortion bans, and even restrictions on abortion clinics, are put into place, women are more likely to seek late-term abortion, which is exactly opposite of the GOP’s strategy. The GOP tends to target young, low-income women, but these women are most likely to seek an abortion at or after 20 weeks. It looks like Republicans are going to need a new strategy in 2014!