NARAL Releases Vice Presidential Report Card on Choice
After examining the records and views of the ten most frequently mentioned potential Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates, NARAL released a Report Card on Choice, with 7 out of the 10 Republican candidates receiving an "F" with comments such as "appalling job," "dreadful work," and "disappointing." The majority of the Democratic candidates received an "A" for voting on choice issues using descriptions like "outstanding" for Senator Dianne Feinstein and "a superlative performance" for Governor Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire. House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, the most recently mentioned of the Democratic vice presidential candidates, received only a "C" on choice issues because he voted to criminalize safe abortion procedures used prior to fetal viability even if the woman's health is in danger, he refused to cosponsor the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which would have codified Roe v. Wade under federal law, and he also voted to ban Medicaid coverage for abortion services for low-income women even in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. NARAL does note, though, that he "continues to show steady progress and improvement."
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. . . .