Health Care and Abortion Coverage
Anti-choice hardliner Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), of the Ban on Abortion Coverage, has said that the abortion provisions in the Senate health care bill are not the only reasons he would oppose the legislation if Speaker Pelosi brought it for a vote on the House floor. Stupak said that even if the bill contained his ban on insurance coverage of abortion care, he would still oppose it because it lacks other elements of the House plan.
ABC News investigates the Utah bill that would criminalize miscarriages that are found to have been caused by “reckless” behavior. The governor has until March 8 to sign or veto the bill; he has not indicated what he will do, although supporters of the bill believe he will sign it. If he takes no action by March 8, the bill automatically becomes law.
The Chicago Tribune reports on the race-based anti-choice billboard campaign in Georgia, which falsely alleges that abortion providers target African American women. Reproductive rights and justice advocates reject that argument, and point out that African American women have more abortions, proportionately, than women of other races because socio-economic factors contribute to a higher rate of unintended pregnancies.
The Washington, D.C. affiliate of NPR is running a three-part series on the rise of teen births in the district. The first part is available here.
Other Noteworthy News
Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur writes about Lilly Ledbetter’s court case that resulted in the Fair Pay Act named after her. Ledbetter is a speaker at a luncheon sponsored by the Women’s Center at the University of Washington on Thursday.