Health Care and Abortion Coverage
Despite evidence that abstinence-only sex education is not effective, the health care reform package renewed $250 million for 5 years of federal funding available to states for abstinence-only education. The states have to match $3 for every $4 of federal funding, and as of June 2009, 22 states have not applied for the funding.
Newsweek features an article that discusses why a Democratic majority in Congress does not necessarily mean a pro-choice majority.
Sources say that the Washington state House and Senate have reached a compromise on a tax package to close the $2.8 billion operating budget deficit. Details are not available yet, but a final vote is not expected until next week.
The San Diego School District Board unanimously adopted a new policy that will allow students to leave campus for medical appointments, including reproductive health care, and will no longer require school officials to inform parents if a student is pregnant or considering abortion.
An anti-choice bill that passed the Kansas state House and Senate without veto-proof majorities would ban abortion after 20 weeks, and is likely to be vetoed by Governor Mark Parkinson.
A wide-ranging anti-choice bill in Missouri has passed the state House, and would require parental notification any time a minor seeks an abortion, amongst other restrictions.
Other Noteworthy News
Anti-choice zealot Scott Roeder will be sentenced today for murdering late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.
Pro-choice candidate Connie Saltonstall writes for the Huffington Post about why she decided to run against anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak in Michigan’s Democratic primary.