RH Reality Check provides a comprehensive summary of anti-choice bills that have advanced in state legislatures around the country.
The Oklahoma state House and Senate have both voted to override vetoes of two anti-choice bills that Governor Brad Henry called unconstitutional intrusions into citizens’ private lives and decisions. The votes mean that the laws will go into effect immdiately.
The Georgia chapter of the NAACP has rescinded its endorsement of an anti-choice bill that would ban abortion based on race or gender, noting that they realized the goal of the bill is to restrict access for women.
Other News of Note
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, RH Reality Check provides further commentary on an article from the Wall Street Journal that stresses the continual need for sex education with access to contraception.
The Chicago Tribune reports on the connection between higher STI rates and a lack of comprehensive sex education.
Canada’s Conservative government has announced that it will not fund abortions as part of its top foreign-aid initiative at this year’s G-8 summit. The stance on abortion is in disagreement with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was adamant at a G-8 meeting last month that any international effort to boost maternal health must include family planning, including access to safe abortions.
Dr. Alan Guttmacher, a Harvard-trained geneticist and pediatrician, is the new acting director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the federal agency that finances research into child and maternal health.