October 31, 2014 — In today's clips, Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel discuss the antiabortion-rights amendments on the ballots in Colorado, North Dakota and Tennessee. Meanwhile, HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani explains how an Ohio law could make Cincinnati the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. without an abortion clinic.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, Irin Carmon and Joy Reid, along with Cafe.com columnist Carmen Rita Wong, discuss antiabortion-rights ballot measures facing voters next month in Colorado (Amendment 67), North Dakota (Measure 1) and Tennessee (Amendment 1). Harris-Perry explains that all three initiatives ask voters to make "a decision ... regarding a woman's right to maintain dominion over her own body" (Harris-Perry, "Melissa Harris-Perry," MSNBC, 10/18).
Harris-Perry talks about workplace pregnancy discrimination with a panel of commentators, including women's equality advocate Armanda Legros, who was pushed out of her job after giving her employer a doctor's note advising that she avoid heavy lifting during her pregnancy. The panel also reviews the findings of A Better Balance report that found women often face a "pregnancy penalty" that results in "lasting economic disadvantages." Many women, particularly those who are low-income "are put in this terrible situation where they are being asked to choose between their job and the health of their pregnancy, which is a decision nobody should have to make," says Emily Martin of the National Women's Law Center (Harris-Perry, "Melissa Harris-Perry," MSNBC, 10/25).
HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani and a panel discuss how an Ohio law that requires each clinic to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital could force the last abortion facility in Cincinnati to shut its doors, which would make the city the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. without an abortion clinic. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Communications Director Celeste Ribbins notes that because antiabortion-rights activists "haven't been successful in reversing Roe v. Wade, ... they're taking every possible opportunity they can to tick off each clinic one-by-one" (Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPost Live, 10/27).
NBC News profiles a New Mexico teen who gave birth to her son while she was a senior at the state's Valencia High School. In an accompanying news story, NBC highlights a "first of its kind" 2013 New Mexico law that created "an abbreviated parental leave policy for high school students," which the young woman says "changed [her] life" and will allow her to "have a career and ... be a mother" (NBC News, 10/19).