January 25, 2013
"Women Spoke -- Will Lawmakers Listen?" Marcia Greenberger, Huffington Post blogs: After former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) and other politicians made controversial comments about rape, "[w]omen made clear on Election Day what they thought of the candidates' abhorrent remarks and the myriad attacks on their reproductive health," Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center, writes. However, several states -- including Wyoming and Texas -- have continued to entertain bills that would "restrict women's reproductive health care." Greenberger asks whether a recently passed measure allowing servicewomen who get pregnant as the result of rape or incest to have insurance coverage for abortion was "a glimmering that lawmakers will actually listen to their female constituents," concluding, "The jury is still out, but women will be watching" (Greenberger, Huffington Post blogs, 1/24).