February 21, 2014


 "10 Dangerous Anti-Abortion Bills That Are Already Gaining Traction This Year," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": "Less than two months into 2014, state legislatures are already busy crafting new attacks on reproductive health," including some that are "using new language to ban the procedure and coming up with new ways to punish doctors," Culp-Ressler writes. She highlights 10 of "the most problematic bills currently up for consideration," such as a South Dakota bill (HB 1241) that "may ban most abortions and threaten doctors with life in prison," an Iowa proposal that would "allow women to sue doctors for 'abortion distress,'" and Missouri bills (HB 1307, HB 1313, SB 519) that "may force women to wait three days before having an abortion" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/18).

What others are saying about abortion restrictions:

~ "Virginia House Committee Quietly Kills Bill That Would Have Repealed Mandatory Ultrasound Law," Emily Crockett, RH Reality Check.

~ "Grieving Mothers are the Latest Prop in the Radical 'Personhood' Movement," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "First Texas Abortion Provider Suspended Over Omnibus Anti-Abortion Law," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check.

~ "Louisiana Abortion Providers Allege 'Harassment and Intimidation' From Health Officials," Grimes, RH Reality Check.


 "The Failures of Abstinence-Only Education Illustrated in 2 Charts," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": A new report from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States shows "how disastrous" Mississippi's sex education program has been, with high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, Culp-Ressler writes. The report found that Mississippi teens also have "sex earlier and more frequently than the national average," and they are "also much less likely to know how to avoid unintended pregnancies," she notes. However, "there's progress on the horizon" for Mississippi, as a recently enacted state law requires schools to offer sex education and permits them to offer "abstinence plus" classes, "which still emphasize waiting for marriage as the best approach to teen sexuality, but also include some more information about contraceptive methods," Culp-Ressler writes, noting that "71 of Mississippi's 151 school districts implemented 'abstinence plus' curricula last school year" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 2/20). 

What others are saying about sex education:

~ "How One Outraged Parent Could End Up Undermining Kansas' Sex Ed Policy," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Why Buy the (Sexist) Pig When You Can Get the Oink for Free?" Megan Tackney, National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake."