"By and large, states are failing to meet minimum standards when it comes to women�s health," says Judy Waxman, the vice president for health and reproductive rights at NWLC, which cosponsored the report along with the Oregon Health and Science University. The US as a whole received a grade of "unsatisfactory," meeting only three of the 27 benchmarks: annual dentist visits, regular mammograms and screenings for colorectal cancer. The benchmarks not met pertain to such issues as health insurance, infant mortality, poverty, obesity and high blood pressure. The study noted an overall decline in the area of reproductive health, attributing it to factors such as insufficient access to health clinics and emergency contraceptives.
Eleven states and the District of Columbia received failing grades in the study, with Mississippi placing last. The remaining 35 states were deemed "unsatisfactory." The report further noted disparities in health quality related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability, suggesting that "the problems faced by many women are even greater than these overall numbers suggest."
Media Resources: NWLC Press Release, 10/17/07; National Report Card on Women�s Health, 10/17/07; Kaiser Daily Women�s Health Policy Report, 10/18/07
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .