The Jackson Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS)
An appeals court’s order will keep Mississippi’s sole reproductive health clinic that provides abortion services open. The court decided not to reconsider a ruling that blocked an anti-choice admitting privileges law.
Fox News (USA)
Ohio is moving further on passing a strict anti-choice bill, which would restrict abortions as early as six weeks, before many women are even aware of their pregnancies.
The Daily Beast (USA)
Women shared their stories about abortion on Thursday for the 1 in 3 campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the many various stiuations in which women find themselves facing this decision.
Last night marked our last event for 2014 and it was a great way to wrap up the election season! Thanks to our members and supporters who came out to hear from our outstanding panel. The room was packed, the panelists were on point and thanks to great questions and discussion, the evening was a huge success. If you missed the event, don’t worry, you can check out our recap below and stay tuned for our year end newsletter with even more highlights:
Our evening kicked off with remarks form our National Board Chair Candy Straight and amazing RMC member Betsy Evans from Connecticut. Candy and Betsy shared insight into RMC’s work this year including our Focus 54 Conference and lobby efforts to ensure much needed funding for the Title X family planning program. They provided some of the staggering facts about the social and economic impact of reproductive health policy highlighting that:
Over half of all pregnancies in the US are unintended. Nationwide, the public cost of unintended and teen pregnancies approaches $12 billion annually. On the flip side, preventing unplanned pregnancies saves taxpayer dollars. For every $1 spent on publicly-funded contraception, the nation saves roughly $6.
As we heard from Debbie Walsh of the Center for American Women in Politics, this was not a record-breaking election year by most measures. But with women running in some of the most hotly contested races nationwide, there is progress being made. There is a record number of Republican women serving in the Senate including Senator-elect mainstream Republican Shelley Moore Capito. And as mainstream Republicans, we know there is more to do.
It’s taken almost 100 years to get to 100 women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives — and Republicans are sorely lagging here. We know GOP women need support from the Party and from you – early on.
Marni Allen of Political Parity revealed new information from Political Parity’s new study on the GOP Gender Gap — in the U.S. House, 20 out of 21 committee chairs are held by men. This is a lost opportunity for the Party to showcase women in leadership. We need women in critical roles driving the agenda.
As national pollster Bob Carpenter reminded us about increasing the number of Republican women in Congress: “We did make gains and we should take those gains and build on them.” Bob shared insight into the unique circumstances this cycle that all came together to lead to GOP victories. He cautioned, however, that in 2016 the GOP will have more Senate seats up for election and the Party must focus now to turn around the reputation of the do-nothing Congress.
Media strategist Steve Grand provided an insiders’ look at how the main messaging and strategy was developed for many of the key Senate races that lead to the GOP takeover. Showing ads from many races, including one of the most hotly contested US Senate races in Colorado, Steve opened the discussion of how reproductive health policy played a role in this election cycle. There is a major opportunity for pro-choice Republicans to take a leading role in bringing common sense into the debate and securing policies that will help women, families AND taxpayers at the same time.
We are grateful to our outstanding panelists, supporters and attendees. The evening served to solidify RMC’s goals of growing support for of mainstream pro-choice Republicans in Congress who are willing to work across the aisle to advance cost-effective policies that will make a difference for all Americans.
This event really drove home the importance of being vocal and outspoken as mainstream Republicans. Your voices matter!
Tulsa Public Radio (Tulsa, OK)
Oklahoma’s comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention and education program in Tulsa has had a successful year, and now there are plans to spread the program wider across the state.
The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA)
The Gates Foundation is joining an effort to bring $1 contraception to women in developing countries.
RH Reality Check (USA)
The anti-choice movement has been employing false witnesses that spread false propoganda about supposed harms caused by abortion.
One of these measures is the Peace Corps Bill, which guarantees equal access to contraception to Peace Corps volunteers. It will updates decades old laws to give women in the Peace Corps the same insurance coverage of abortion and contraceptives that those in every other federally insured role get. Currently, the lack of coverage for women in the Corps is prohibitive for many, but particularly damaging for survivors of sexual assault.
Congress is also being urged to include funding for cancer screenings and family planning services for low income women, as well as funding for comprehensive sexual education and teen pregnancy prevention programs. All of these programs and initiatives are smart investments in America’s families, helping women exercise their right to choose when and how to start a family.
If a spending bill is not passed by the December 11 deadline, the remaining options are an omnibus spending bill or a continuing resolution. If this occurs and Congress opts for a CR, then funding for all programs will remain at current levels until 2015. However, funding for Title X programs in 2014 was at the same levels as it was in 2005 despite new programs and needs in reproductive health. Funding for all of these programs need to be strengthened in order to make sound investments in women’s health.
Yahoo News (USA)
Researchers at UCLA announced today that they had cured 18 children who were born with the so-called Bubble Baby disease, a genetic disorder that leaves the young sufferers without a working immune system, putting them at risk of death from infections, even the common cold. The babies were treated with stem cell therapy.
RH Reality Check (USA)
Reproductive health organizations in Ohio are working against anti-choice efforts being advanced by local media and other organizations.
Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
Jonathan Eig on his new book about birth control: ” I think it’s sad that people think birth control is only a women’s issue. It’s not. It’s certainly played a pretty big role in my life, and I think it’s important that men learn to talk about it.”