Anti-Abortion Measures on November Ballots in CA, CO, and SD
Anti-abortion measures will be on the state-wide November ballots in California, Colorado, and South Dakota.
In California, a constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot that, if passed, would require parental notification and a 48-hour waiting period before allowing a minor to obtain an abortion. Also in California, a second measure to amend the state constitution is still in circulation. This initiative would ban abortion once a fetus becomes viable at 24 weeks and states that "abortion after 24 weeks is murder unless necessary to save [the] motherís life".
The Colorado Definition of a Person, designated Amendment 48 on the state's November ballot, is a personhood initiative that declares a fertilized egg to be a person who enjoys all constitutional rights "relating to inalienable rights, equality of justice,
and due process of law". Personhood initiatives not only put a woman's right to an abortion in danger but also threaten oral and emergency contraception, IUDs, and in vitro fertilization clinics.
In South Dakota an abortion ban initiative will be on the ballot and could result in amendment of the South Dakota state constitution. The proposed law is known as "an act to protect the lives of unborn children, and the interests and health of pregnant mothers, by prohibiting abortions except in cases where the mother's life or health is at risk, and in cases of rape and incest". If approved by voters, this law would severely limit access to abortion and likely would be challenged in the courts.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .