July Repro Roundup

July Repro Roundup

The Good

  • This month, a Federal Appeals court ruled that contraceptive coverage is not a burden on religious organizations. If a nonprofit religious organization wants to opt out from providing contraceptive coverage to their employees, they may do so with ease. When the organization opts out, the government will then arrange contraceptive coverage for the employees instead. An order of nuns in Colorado objected to the government stepping in because they claimed it made them complicit in the delivery of contraceptives. Read more here.
  • House lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would end the Hyde Agreement. This repeal would permit federally funded insurance plans to cover abortion service, including women covered with Medicaid. Though this repeal would be nice, it is unlikely to pass. Read more here. The Bad
    • Wisconsin recently passed a 20-week limit for abortions. The bill, which makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, was passed by the Republican-led State Senate in June. It prohibits abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, when some abortion foes say an unborn child can experience pain. Twelve other states have similar bans, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks the issue. The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth District ruled in May that an Idaho ban on abortions after 20 weeks was unconstitutional.Read more here. 
    • More efforts to discredit Planned Parenthood are being made with the use of nefarious and misleading tactics. Read more here. 
    • Lately there seems to be so much concern about embryos, but none, as far as I can see, about our shamefully high infant mortality rate. This supports the notion that many in the so-called “pro-life” camp, care only about pre-born life. Where is the effort to save these babies who have already been born – a disproportionately high percentage of whom are Black? Read more here.
    • Republican politicians are refining that way that they talk about pregnancy and abortion rights in hopes that they will sound less 'anti-woman'.  Read more here. 
    • Senate fast tracks measures to defund Planned Parenthood. Read more here.The Good // The Bad
      • The Good: Supreme Court stays part of Texas' extreme anti-abortion law // The Bad: “The Court’s stay of the Texas abortion restrictions law makes it all but certain that the Justices will take up abortion rights next term.” Read more here. 
      • The Good: Federal appeals courts are withholding Obama's contraceptive policy, guaranteeing access to free birth control for women. // The Bad: The government could have problems finding third parties to pay for contraceptives when employers object. Read more here.

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