June 25, 2013
"New York Legislative Session Ends with No Women's Equality Act," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: "The 2013 New York state legislative session adjourned Friday, and the Women's Equality Act did not make it into law, after some members of the assembly refused to approve a version of the legislation that excluded language codifying the legal right to abortion in the state," Marty writes. She notes that the legislation was "designed to increase protections for victims of abuse, take steps toward pay equity, and ensure that abortion rights would be upheld in the state if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned." Marty writes that even though the measure passed in the state
assembly last week, "as expected the bill stalled in the state [S]enate, where Republicans and a handful of Democrats vowed not to support the bill unless the reproductive rights language was removed" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 6/24).
"An Open Letter to Anyone Ready To Write Off Texas: Don't, Because it's *Your* Future at Stake," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check: "Texas is not a throw-away state full of throw-away people who can be shrugged off with a contemptuous, 'Well, what do you expect?'" Grimes writes, responding to individuals who find the passage of antiabortion-rights legislation in the state unremarkable. She notes several occasions where hundreds of protesters have gathered at the state Capitol to "fight for reproductive freedom." Grimes adds, "If Texas is a hopeless bastion of bumpkins, stocked from the Rio Grande to the Red River with disposable citizens too stupid to know what's good for them, then I am proud to be sitting among the best of them" (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 6/23).
What others are saying about the Texas omnibus bill:
~ "Texas Legislator Claims Rape Kits are a Form of Abortion," Annie-Rose Strasser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."
~ "Despite Massive Protests, Texas GOP Rushes Through Abortion Restrictions in the Middle of the Night," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."
~ "Here's the Abortion Testimony Texas Republicans Refused To Hear," Grimes, RH Reality Check.
~ "10 Crucial Facts About Rape Kits -- True Even in Texas," Soraya Chemaly, Huffington Post blogs.
~ "POLL: Majority of Texans Don't Support the Abortion Restrictions Moving Through the Legislature," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."