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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Planned Parenthood Wins Medicaid Victory In Supreme Court

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

On Monday, the Supreme Court denied appeal of two lower court rulings against state laws terminating Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood — leaving intact decisions that protected the provider in a victory for health care and reproductive rights activists.

The decision to deny certiorari was 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts and embattled new Justice Brett Kavanaugh siding with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, over the objections of Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch. It takes four justices to grant certiorari to a case.

The cases originate with Louisiana and Kansas’ attempts to “defund” Planned Parenthood following the discredited 2015 video from anti-choice activist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which was deceptively edited to make it look like Planned Parenthood technicians were selling the body parts of aborted embryos to medical researchers.…

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Anticipating Supreme Court, Red States Moving Against Abortion Rights

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

 

My mother remembers those harrowing times before the U.S. Supreme Court validated a woman’s right to control her own body, before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. “I knew a lady — a schoolteacher — who died after a back-alley abortion,” she told me.

Back then, there were few options available for a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. If the woman’s circumstances were dire enough — if she had been raped or if her health were threatened or if she simply could not care for another child — she may have made the decision to seek out an unlicensed practitioner of an illegal procedure.…

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Even Birth Control Is Under Attack

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare. Those days are over. The Trump administration is indulging a religious hard right, helping it merge the politics of abortion and birth control into one.

There has long been a “pro-life” faction that extends its opposition to abortion to the very use of contraceptives. This is a tiny number of people. Only 4 percent of U.S. adults think contraception is immoral, according to Pew Research Center polling.…

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