July 30, 2015 — In today's clips, HuffPost Live interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, on how the proposed Equality Act will extend prohibitions on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, as well as discrimination based on sex. Elsewhere, HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani discusses a recently enacted 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin.
In this clip, Alyona Minkovski at HuffPost Live reports on the recently introduced Equality Act, which "would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and increase protections against discrimination towards women."
Minkovski interviews Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union and director of ACLU's Center for Liberty, who discusses how the measure's protections for LGBT individuals and women are "long overdue." Melling notes that even if the Equality Act does not pass Congress, it will "set out a vision of what fairness looks like in society" and "let people know that today these protections don't exist, which" could "dramatically increase the push to in fact enact such protections" (Minkovski, HuffPost Live, 7/28).
In an interview with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, discusses a recently signed Wisconsin law (Act 56) that bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy and does not include any exemptions for cases of rape, incest or severe fetal anomalies.
According to Allen, 20-week bans in Wisconsin and other states aim to "bloc[k] access to abortion care" by "work[ing] in concert with the vast variety of other types of abortion restrictions that have been enacted in the states where these [bans] have become law." She says, "[W]hat they really do, they create a Catch-22 for women seeking abortion services" (Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPost Live, 7/21).
HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd and Goretti Horgan -- a spokesperson for Alliance for Choice, an abortion-rights group in Northern Ireland -- discuss a recent abortion-rights rally held in support of a woman in Northern Ireland who was arrested for allegedly purchasing medication abortion drugs on behalf of her daughter, who is a minor. According to Redd, "abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland."
Horgan explains that "women in Ireland -- North and South -- have no choice but to access their abortions [by] getting pills over the internet." She questions, if "you can't get enough money together" to travel to an area where abortion is legal, "what are you to do when you can actually get these abortion pills ... and they're very safe"? She says, "That's why so many of us are outraged. [The mother of the minor] is being prosecuted really and used as a scapegoat for what hundreds of women in Northern Ireland do year in, year out" (Redd, HuffPost Live, 7/17).