June 7, 2013


"How Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Endangers Women," NARAL Pro-Choice America's "Blog for Choice": Commenting on Rep. Trent Franks' (R-Ariz.) bill (HR 1797) to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the blog states, "Anti-choice politicians want you to believe that there's no reason a woman would need abortion care after 20 weeks, but, in fact, some women do," including the Salvadoran woman whose life-threatening pregnancy recently made headlines. "Banning abortion after 20 weeks endangers women and ignores the reality that even a much-wanted pregnancy can go wrong," the blog states, concluding, "That is why it must be left to women, their families, and their doctors to make reproductive-health decisions -- not anti-choice politicians like Rep. Trent Franks" ("Blog for Choice," NARAL Pro-Choice America, 6/5).

What others are saying about abortion bans:

~ "The Unconstitutional Abortion Bill That's Advancing Through the House," Abby Ohlheiser, The Atlantic Wire. 

~ "Abortion and Magical Thinking," Jessica Valenti, The Nation's "Body Politic."


"Restoring New York as a Leader in Women's Rights," Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Huffington Post  blogs: For the past 150 years, "New York has been at the forefront of important social and legal movements that have advanced the equal treatment of all people, ... however, New York has fallen behind in its role as a progressive leader on women's rights," Cuomo writes. On Tuesday, he introduced a bill that would increase workplace protections for women, adopt a "zero-tolerance policy" toward sexual harassment, affirm abortion rights and create a pilot program to help domestic abuse survivors obtain temporary orders of protection. He notes that "[c]ontrary to the opposition's assertion," the language on abortion rights "in no way expands abortion rights but only codifies federal law." He added, "This is important because the Supreme Court could change in compositions, or opinion, and New York works to protect women's right to choose" (Cuomo, Huffington Post blogs, 6/4).


"Austin May Become First Texas City With Paid Parental Leave," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check: "[M]any will undoubtedly be relieved to hear that the capital city [of Texas] may be the first in the state to offer paid parental leave to city employees," Grimes writes. She highlights a recent Austin City Council proposal that would provide 30 days of paid time off to 12,000 workers -- including those in same-sex partnerships -- after the birth or adoption of a child. However, "[r]ight-wing groups decried the proposal, saying the city couldn't afford" the estimated expense of $321,000 a year, Grimes writes, adding that the opposition "is in keeping with the philosophy of many Texas Tea Partiers, who support measures forcing pregnant Texans to carry to term, but not efforts to offer greater public support for children and families" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 6/5).

What others are saying about workplace protections:

~ "Appeals Court Holds That Breastfeeding is 'Related to Pregnancy' (Or Why My Four-Year-old Understands Basic Biology Better Than Some Judges)," Galen Sherwin, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights."

~ "A Victory for Workers, a Victory for Families," Mie Lewis, ACLU's "Blog of Rights."