Hot News Stories (3/16/15)

Dallas News (Dallas, TX)
After a week of contention over an anti-choice abortion provision in a measure to fight human trafficking and provide support for victims, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture Thursday, setting up a vote Tuesday morning that’s likely to fail.

NHPR (Concord, NH)
The New Hampshire house voted Thursday to repeal a law that created buffer zones for protestors around family planning health clinics that provide abortions.

RH Reality Check (USA)
Undercover investigation confirms California “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” lie to women. Even in the state rated the most accessible for people seeking abortion services, a vast network of organizations exists for the sole purpose of dissuading people from terminating their pregnancies.


Hot News Stories (3/13/15)

New York Times (New York, NY)
Senators on Thursday continued to struggle to come to terms with an unexpected impasse over a bipartisan human trafficking bill, with the sides refusing to yield their positions on a provision that would ban private money from a victims’ fund from being used for abortions.

Reuters (USA)
The Republican-led Iowa House voted on Thursday to require doctors to perform an ultrasound on any woman seeking an abortion and let her see the image and hear the fetus’ heartbeat.

Arizona Daily Star (Phoenix, AZ)
Arizona State lawmakers are moving to force doctors to lie to women and say their medical abortions can be reversed if they act quickly — a procedure that even its anti-choice proponents admit lacks medical proof.

Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA)
The Iowa Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to determine whether state regulators were legitimately trying to protect patient safety when they ordered limits on a telemedicine abortion system, or whether they were just trying to restrict access to a legal medical service.

Arkansas News (Little Rock, AR)
A bill to place new unnecessary anti-choice restrictions on the administration of safe and commonly used abortion-inducing drugs cleared a Senate committee Wednesday.


Hot News Stories (3/12/15)

Lawrence Journal-World (Topeka, KS)
A Kansas legislative committee on Wednesday approved a proposed ban on a procedure described in inflammatory terms by anti-choice groups, after pro-choice supporters on the panel forced lawmakers to vote down broader restrictions on terminating pregnancies.

ABC News (USA)
Senate Democrats threatened Wednesday to torpedo bipartisan legislation combating human sex trafficking in a dispute over a anti-choice provision they said was not included in the previous version of the legislation.

WISH TV (South Bend, IN)
A county council in northern Indiana voted down an ordinance that would have added new local requirements for doctors who perform abortions.

News OK (Oklahoma City, OK)
The Oklahoma House has passed anti-choice legislation designed to prevent embryonic stem cell research in the state.


This just doesn’t make sense!

Today, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178) was hijacked in an attempt to restrict survivors access to abortion services. This bipartisan Senate legislation aimed to support human trafficking survivors by securing their access to important victim’s services. This legislation orders criminals convicted of sex trafficking to pay fines that are put into a fund to assist survivors. It is not a pool of government money. However, a provision added at the last minute would deny these victims of sex-trafficking from using the funds for the full range of reproductive health options, specifically targeting abortion.

Over half of the victims of human and sex trafficking are women and young girls. Like victims of rape and assault, these survivors need access to ALL of the reproductive health options available to them – and providers of survivor services should not be limited by the personal views of politicians.

RMC is reaching out to mainstream Republicans in the Senate to encourage them to oppose this unnecessary restriction. This bill is meant to increase survivors access to support, not put up road-blocks to their recovery. 

Support RMC with a contribution today – and help us continue to fight unnecessary attacks on choice!


Hot News Stories (3/10/15)

The Hill (Washington, DC)
The Supreme Court on Monday tossed out a lower court’s ruling that required the University of Notre Dame to cover all forms of birth control for its employees under ObamaCare.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Poor women are five times as likely as affluent women to have an unintended birth, new research from the Brookings Institution shows — and that drives inequality.

KSN News (Tulsa, OK)
The Oklahoma House has passed anti-choice legislation designed to prevent embryonic stem cell research in the state.


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