Our sincere apologies for the lack of Choice News for the past two days. Below is a full update on what’s been happening in the world of choice!
Supreme Court Watch
An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that a clear majority of Americans want President Obama to select a Supreme Court nominee who supports the right to choose.
Newsweek reports on the likelihood that President Obama will appoint a woman to the Supreme Court.
The Seattle Times reports on fears that President Obama will nominate a more moderate justice to the Supreme Court.
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has agreed to a court order requested by abortion providers to temporarily block enforcement of a new anti-choice state law, which requires women to get an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion.
The Kansas state House voted to override a veto by Governor Mark Parkinson on anti-choice legislation that would place additional restrictions on abortion care after 20 weeks. The Senate will now vote on the override, but has previously not been able to pass similar veto overrides.
The Pennsylvania House Education Committee voted to approve age appropriate sex education in all public schools, an important first step in mandating comprehensive sex education.
Bill Gates, Sr. has an op-ed in the Seattle Times in which he advocates in support of establishing a high-earners income tax. He writes that the initiative would make the state’s tax system more equitable and would benefit middle class families and small businesses.
Ashley Sayeau, writing for the U.K. Guardian, provides commentary on the recent anti-choice laws in several states, and why they disrespect women’s feelings and medical needs.
Health Care and Abortion Coverage
According to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute, most women who receive abortion care pay for it out of pocket, with private insurers covering just 12% of the cost.
According to another recent report from the Guttmacher Institute, women living in poverty make up an increasing share of patients who seek abortion care, with a staggering 60% increase within this demographic over eight years.
Conservative Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson argues against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call for Canada’s G-8 summit on improving maternal health to include a provision on abortion access, yet he argues for access to contraception in order to protect the health of women who are likely to have dangerous pregnancies.
As the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, the Seattle Times reports on the continuing need for better contraception.
Other News of Note
Rocio Cordoba, writing for RH Reality Check, discusses why separate schools for pregnant or parenting youth of color in California are unequal and discriminatory.
First Response, a company that makes pregnancy, ovulation and fertility test kits, is introducing a web-only reality series on TLC.com about 5 women who are trying to conceive.