An abortion ban has been introduced in the Mississippi State Senate. The Mississippi Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare approved Senate Bill 2795, which bans abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or the health of a pregnant woman. The Chairman of the Senate has one week to take action on the bill.
In many ways, the bill is similar to the latest South Dakota abortion ban that was introduced into the South Dakota House of Representatives earlier this week. In 2006, an outright ban that only allowed for abortion to "prevent the death of a woman" was overturned by South Dakota voters in the November election. Recently, a new bill was introduced in South Dakota that provides for more exceptions. The Mississippi law, like the new bill in South Dakota, uses pro-woman language to justify the ban, mentioning "the fundamental rights of the pregnant mother to her relationship with her child" and claiming that "procedures terminating the life of an unborn child impose risks to the life and health of the pregnant woman." Both the Mississippi and South Dakota legislation use the same exact phrase: "An abortion is an unworkable method for a pregnant mother to give up, surrender, or waive her fundamental right to her relationship with her child."
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .
4/29/2015 Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration - Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum today, addressing directly criminal justice reforms she would like to see to prevent another "incarceration generation."
"It's time the end the era of mass incarceration," Clinton declared to much applause, citing statistics about the disproportionately higher rate of incarceration that black men in America face. . . .