Students in Arizona are rallying support around the nation against an anti-abortion fundraising campaign led by professional baseball players and executives. Last month, Jerry Colangelo, Arizona Diamondbacks CEO, announced the Battin’ 1000 campaign to raise $1 million for the American Life League (ALL), an organization that opposes abortion in all cases, including rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is in danger. ALL will be using the money to build the “Campus for Life,” with the intention of lending academic credibility to the anti-abortion movement.
Students for Choice (SFC) is leading a campaign to send e-mails to Colangelo criticizing his endorsement of Battin’ 1000. The campaign to “flood” Colangelo’s mailbox has been so successful that it has been recognized by ALL and the Center for AZ Policy (a local anti-choice group), according to Students for Choice. SFC is encouraging supporters to keep sending emails because “Colangelo’s anti-choice, anti-women agenda does more than annoy us.”
As the students are rallying against the anti-abortion campaign, the state Senate is on its way to passing legislation that would ensure that rape victims are offered emergency contraception (EC). According to The Daily Dispatch, Sen. Linda Binder (R-Lake Havasu City) said that the legislation aims to make sure that rape victims “are not victimized again” with pregnancy. The bill passed the preliminary vote 17-10 but objections over giving the pill to juveniles without parental consent are still being debated, The Dispatch reports.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .