September 4, 2012
"Abortion Rights and Judicial Bias in Texas Planned Parenthood Decision," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision allowing Texas to move forward with barring Planned Parenthood from its Women's Health Program is the "most recent evidence of [the circuit's] deep and structural bias against women in general and reproductive rights in particular," Mason Pieklo writes. She explains that the case involves the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, which "says, essentially, that a funding condition, such as excluding abortion services, can't be unconstitutional if there is some way the government can impose that condition directly." She argues that "it should be pretty clear that any regulation that attempts to [end abortion access], under the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, should fail as an unconstitutional condition on other rights -- in this case the association rights of women's health providers" (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 8/27).
"Our Bodies, Our Votes," Judy Norsigian, WBUR's "Cognoscenti": "Throughout the United States, attacks on women's reproductive health services, including contraception, are at unprecedented levels," writes Norsigian -- executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves -- citing laws passed in Arizona, South Dakota and Texas that target those services. But, she adds, "the most serious threat to women's reproductive health gains lies with proposals to rescind the Affordable Care Act, which now benefits millions of women who are privately insured by making them eligible for many services without any co-pays" (Norsigian, "Cognoscenti," WBUR, 8/30).