Anti – Reproductive Rights bills in 10 States …


More Anti-Abortion Bills Threaten Reproductive Rights In Ten States

Abortion rates declined by 13 percent over three years according to the latest data, with researchers finding an increase in birth control use having a more significant effect than restrictive abortion laws. But that information won’t stop opponents of reproductive health and a woman’s right to choose. After three years that contained a record-breaking number of state-level abortion restrictions, state legislatures are developing even more attacks. Here is a run down of ten of the worst, or head over to ThinkProgress where Tara Culp-Ressler goes over them in more detail:

1. Alabama is attempting to ban abortions after just six weeks. Lawmakers in the state are holding a hearing on a so-called “heartbeat” bill–or bill that would ban the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as six week into pregnancy. The measure violates Roe v. Wade.

2. South Dakota may ban most abortions and threaten doctors with life in prison. Proposed legislation in the state would “prohibit the dismemberment or decapitation of certain living unborn children,” vague language that could end up having far-reaching implications for abortion care in the state. Doctors in violation of the proposed measure could face life in prison.

3. Oklahoma wants to follow in Texas’ footsteps and shut down abortion clinics. Even though Oklahoma already has a law that imposes stringent restrictions on abortion providers, the proposed bill would tighten those restrictions even further to bring them in line with Texas’ law. It was approved by a Senate panel on Monday.

4. Indiana could put abortion doctors at risk for more violence and harassment. The measure being considered in the state would require “back up doctors” for abortion procedures, and then publicize the names of those doctors, exposing them to potential threats and harassment. “It does nothing to improve women’s health. All it will do is target doctors who provide health care for women,” state Sen. Vaneta Becker (R) explained.

5. Iowa wants to allow women to sue doctors for “abortion distress.” The upshot of this would be to place abortion providers under the constant threat of a costly lawsuit from a former patient who regrets their abortion.

6. Missouri may force women to wait three days before having an abortion. Although mandatory waiting periods are a popular type of abortion restriction, research has proven that they don’t actually change women’s minds about whether to continue a pregnancy.

7. South Carolina and West Virginia want to ban later abortions with no consideration for rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities. Nine states have already passed similar “20-week” abortion bans, which violate the protections guaranteed under Roe v. Wade. Later abortions are already very rare.

8. Mississippi is so intent on banning abortion that it’s poised to pass an unnecessary bill. Another 20-week abortion ban is currently making its way through the Mississippi legislature, but it is entirely unnecessary because the state’s only remaining abortion clinic only performs procedures up to 16 weeks.

9. Kentucky wants to force abortion doctors to describe ultrasound images to their patients. This type of abortion restriction was recently struck down in North Carolina for violating the First Amendment, since it compels doctors to deliver an anti-choice message sanctioned by the state.

10. Iowa is trying to eliminate abortion access for low-income and rural women. Iowa earns another spot on this list for going after “telemedicine” abortion — essentially, the practice of using video technology to allow doctors to remotely prescribe a pill to women who may not have access to a nearby clinic.

BOTTOM LINE: 2014 is already shaping up to be another banner year in the GOP’s war on women, particularly at the state level. It’s going to be a year when progressives and women’s rights advocates push back harder than ever.

Visionworks … Shall We Dance on Ice: ABC Air dates … March 7


Reports are that the live show was incredible!

Celebrate dance both on and off the ice with this exciting show.

Watch your local ABC for time*date listings !

Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White

Great Skaters and Dancers from all over the country!

 TV stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Sharna Burgess, headline this journey of dance through the ages.

  • ABC Air dates
    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    4:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST/
    2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST
  • Check your local listings!

Top 10 Reasons We Need to Defeat Chris Christie :::::: repost

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Speculation is already running rampant around the 2016 presidential race and we’ve barely had a chance to think about the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. But before those come to pass, there are a few big races in 2013 that you need to know about — including the race for governor in New Jersey. Chris Christie is running for reelection, and we don’t need to tell you that what happens in this race could have major implications for the 2016 Republican primary, not to mention the general election. This could be the year we stop Chris Christie in his tracks. He’s been a disaster as governor, especially for New Jersey women and their families.

Here are the top 10 reasons we need to defeat Chris Christie this November.

10. Chris Christie Vetoed Same-Sex Marriage:  With the tide in America turning against bigotry and discrimination, and in one of the most solidly blue states in the country, Christie vetoed a bill sent to him by both houses of the New Jersey legislature that would enshrine marriage equality into law.

9. Chris Christie Is No Friend to Workers:  Christie has built himself a reputation as one of the most anti-union governors in the country, referring to public school teachers as “thugs” and supporting a bill that would “destroy collective bargaining.”

8. Chris Christie Doesn’t Believe in Universal Pre-K:  Not only does Christie oppose government-funded preschool for every child in his state, he attacked his predecessor’s plan as “simply wrong” and called it “government babysit[ting].”

7. Chris Christie Misuses State Funds:  At a cost of $2,500 an hour, Christie used a state helicopter for personal travel. Probably not the use taxpayers had in mind.

6. Chris Christie Supports the Ryan Budget:  Paul Ryan’s proposed federal budget would end Medicare as we know it, but Christie joined ultraconservative governors like Texas’s Rick Perry, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell to tell Ryan that his budget was what “voters clearly asked for.”

5. Chris Christie Vetoed a Hike in the Minimum Wage: Just last month, Christie vetoed a bill passed by the legislature that would raise the minimum wage in New Jersey — a state with the third-highest cost of living in the nation — from $7.25 an hour to $8.50, and index it to the consumer price index so it grows with inflation. Christie proposed a smaller increase, phased in over more time, which would not be indexed.

4. Chris Christie Vetoed Equal Pay Legislation : Christie isn’t shy about much, and that includes the use of his veto pen. He vetoed three of four bills passed by the legislature designed to outlaw pay discrimination against women in the workplace and called them “senseless bureaucracy.”

3. Chris Christie Targeted Poor Families in His Budget:  It’s no surprise that Christie is a fan of Paul Ryan’s budget once you look at his own. His budget cut aid for tuition, for a center for abused children, for legal services, and for transitional aid to some of New Jersey’s neediest communities. When asked about the cuts, he said “I don’t care.”

2. Chris Christie Cut Funding to Family Planning Organizations:  Christie got out his veto pen again for a budget that would have given $7.5 million to family planning organizations in the state, including Planned Parenthood. He blocked attempts to restore the funding, even using a line-item veto specifically to target women’s health in New Jersey.

1. Chris Christie Is Proudly:  Anti-Choice Christie has declared himself against the side of women’s reproductive rights and on the side of those who would deny them, saying “I am pro-life.” We can’t trust Chris Christie, not in New Jersey, and certainly not in the White House. This November may be our best chance to stop his ambitions.

The unveiling of a Staute of Rosa Parks … 2013

President Obama Speaks at the Unveiling of a Statue of Rosa Parks … a repost

President will deliver remarks at the unveiling of a statue in dedication of Rosa Parks at the United States Capitol. February 27, 2013

Washington State and the Reproductive Parity Act

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
                   I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.
As you know, the State House of Representatives passed the Reproductive Parity Act (RPA)  – and the Senate Majority Caucus has refused to even hold a hearing.
We believe there are enough votes for the RPA to pass in the Senate, but the Majority leadership won’t let it move forward. In response, the pro-women’s health Senators are taking matters into their own hands: They’re holding a special legislative meeting today to consider the RPA. If you can’t be there in person we still have a great way to help.
Click to send a message to your State Senator that the Reproductive Parity Act must come up for a vote!
This meeting will look and sound a lot like a regular hearing, and it’s an important step in the process. But it’s not the last step! After today, the Senate will have the information they need and should give it the up-or-down vote it deserves. The RPA should be considered and voted on – and then it should be signed into law.
Help us move the RPA forward by passing along a quick message to your State Senator!
Thank you so much for your activism and support!
Courtney Normand Washington Public Affairs Manager Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest