Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

June-07-12

House Bill Restricts DC Abortions

A spending bill released on Tuesday by US House of Representatives Republicans maintains provisions that restrict abortion in the District of Columbia and a planned bill seeks to further restrict abortion in DC. Under the introduced spending bill, DC would be prohibited from using its taxpayers' money to subsidize the cost of abortions for low-income women, a provision that has been included in every version of the spending bill since Republicans took control of the House in 1994. Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) also announced on his Facebook page last week that he plans on introducing a bill that he calls the "District of Columbia Respect for Life and Conscience Act of 2012" which would add more restrictions to abortion in DC.

The Hill reports that the Facebook post says the bill will require parental consent for minors, prohibit anyone besides licensed doctors from performing abortions, and allow health care facilities and individuals to refuse to perform an abortion if the facility or individual has a moral objection. The bill was denounced by Eleanor Holmes Norton, who is DC's only elected official, though she is not allowed to vote on the House floor because Washington, DC, is not a state. In a statement, she said, "Rep. Amash is spending time in the House meddling in my district, instead of attending to the needs of his own constituents. His bill would overturn our local laws with no accountability to our residents."

In May, Holmes Norton was denied a chance to testify in a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing on a bill that banned abortion in DC after 20 weeks. The denial of her testimony by subcommittee chair and sponsor of the bill, Trent Franks (R-AZ), broke Congressional tradition that allows members of Congress to testify on bills that affect their constituents.

Media Resources: The Hill 6/6/12; Washington Post 6/5/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/18/12


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

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. . . .