Activists Urge Tourism Boycott to Protest SD Abortion Ban
Following the passage of a disastrous abortion ban in South Dakota, the Women's Medical Fund and other abortion-rights activists are calling for pro-choice Americans to boycott all tourism in the state. The abortion ban, which has passed the legislature, is expected to be signed by Governor Mike Rounds (R), and then to face immediate legal challenges that anti-abortion activists hope could lead to a Supreme Court case that overturns Roe v. Wade. Anne and Annie Laurie Gaylor, Fund officers, said that “we can do without Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and the Corn Palace,” with Anne Gaylor adding “We are encouraging all groups who care about women’s rights to urge their members to bypass South Dakota.”
A similar boycott produced results in 1990, when the National Organization for Women (NOW) and other women’s rights organizations chose to boycott Idaho potatoes to protest restrictive abortion laws. Idaho’s then-governor vetoed the bill rather than face the economic consequences. When asked about the tourism boycott, NOW president Kim Gandy said, “The actions of the South Dakota Legislature affect women outside of that state. It would not surprise me if women from around the country don't want to take their families to South Dakota.”
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .