March 19, 2015 — In today's clips, Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" addresses the inclusion of an antiabortion-rights provision in a human trafficking bill. Elsewhere, Texas Rep. Sarah Davis (R) talks to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow about her opposition to a state budget measure that could restrict women's access to cancer screenings.
Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" takes a look at the impasse over a human trafficking bill (S 178) that contains a contentious antiabortion-rights provision. Noting that the dispute stems from inclusion of antiabortion-rights Hyde Amendment language, Stewart jabs that "Hyde" is also "the action that [conservatives] apparently have to take to get the antiabortion language into all bills" (Stewart, "The Daily Show," Comedy Central, 3/17).
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow talks with Texas Rep. Sarah Davis (R) about her opposition to a provision in a state budget proposal that could reduce or eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood to participate in a women's cancer screening program and cause more clinics in the state to shut their doors. Davis, a breast cancer survivor who authored a measure to eliminate the provision, says, "I do not believe that women's health is a partisan issue and I do my very best from an advocate standpoint to make it, or at least try to make it, as nonpartisan as possible" (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 3/12).
A fun video from EngenderHealth's WTFP?! -- or "Where's the Family Planning?!" -- campaign notes that "if every woman had access to contraception and quality maternal care, we could smash maternal death rates by nearly 70% and knock down newborn death rates by 75%," among other benefits. WTFP?! highlights how about 225 million women worldwide "want access to contraception but can't get it" and calls on viewers to take action to support access to family planning (EngenderHealth, 3/4).