Health Care and Abortion Access
The Nation’s Sharon Lerner reflects on the ways that the negotiations over health care reform set back women’s access to abortion care and served as a reminder that we do not have a pro-choice majority in Congress.
Stewart Jay, University of Washington constitutional law professor, writes in a Seattle Times op-ed that contrary to the arguments put forth by Attorney General Rob McKenna, the health care reform law is constitutional.
Supreme Court Watch
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, leader of the court’s liberal wing, will announce soon whether he will retire or stay on for another term. Stevens said that he will definitely retire during the Obama Administration.
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) urged Justice Stevens to stay on for another year, because of possible difficulties in confirming his replacement this year.
Other News of Note
A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that if 90% of U.S. women breastfed their infants for the first 6 months, it would save billions of dollars and the lives of 900 infants each year.
RH Reality Check’s Robin Marty provides a round-up of conservative columnists’ responses the case of a Ballard High School student getting an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. Marty points out that parents who attempted to get involved in their children’s sexual health education in Utah have likewise come under attack from anti-choice conservatives.