December 19, 2014
"The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year," Molly Redden, Mother Jones: "After a record-shattering year in 2013, the pace of harsh anti-abortion bills introduced in 2014 slowed down ... [b]ut brace yourself for 2015," Redden writes. She explains that in 2015, "Republicans will control 11 more legislative chambers than they did in 2014," lawmakers in Texas and North Dakota will reconvene, and "there are no major elections to take up lawmakers' time or cause them [to] worry about war-on-women attacks." Redden lists several antiabortion-rights measures pre-filed so far for next year in nine states: Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The "list only covers states where bills have actually been submitted," Redden adds, noting that "[i]n other states, abortion foes are still scribbling away" (Redden, Mother Jones, 12/18).
What others are saying about abortion restrictions:
~ "Your Body, His Choice: Missouri GOP Bill Requires Men To Give Written Permission for Abortion," Katie McDonough, Salon.
"D.C. Council Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Choices," Emily Crockett, RH Reality Check: "The Washington, D.C., city council unanimously passed a bill Wednesday [B20-0790] that would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on reproductive health decision-making -- including the decision to terminate a pregnancy," Crockett writes. Specifically, she explains that the measure "amends the District's Human Rights Act ... to add that an employer cannot discriminate in 'compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment' because of an employee's or a dependent's 'reproductive health decision making, including a decision to use or access a particular drug, device or medical service.'" Crockett notes that D.C. council member David Grosso, who sponsored the bill, has also clarified that the bill does not contradict the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling because it does not "force employers to purchase a certain kind of insurance or be involved in conversations about contraception or abortion with employees." Rather, the bill only ensures employers cannot "fire or retaliate against an employee if, for instance, the boss finds out the employee is using birth control or once had an abortion," Crockett writes (Crockett, RH Reality Check, 12/18).