PubliCola asks anti-choice, anti-birth control Senate candidate Dino Rossi how he would have voted on reproductive health and rights measures that have come before the Senate; his responses show that he would be a consistent vote in opposition to women’s health.
The Stranger’s Eli Sanders follows up with more questions for Rossi on his stance on reproductive rights and Supreme Court nominees. True to form, so far Rossi has not responded.
Horsesass blogger Goldy comments on Dino Rossi’s opposition to women’s rights and health.
Noting that Dino Rossi tried to avoid talking about his position on a woman’s right to choose during his two campaigns for governor, Goldy posts an ad from the 2008 gubernatorial race funded by Evergreen Progress that cites his opposition not only to abortion access but even to contraception.
American Crossroads, a conservative political group, is targeting Washington’s Senate race.
The National Republican Congressional Committee identifies anti-choice Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-08) as one of nine vulnerable Senate Republicans.
Politico reports that conservative women’s groups, like the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, are raising money and plan to be very active in the 2010 elections.
The Stranger provides an overview of the Washington ballot initiatives likely to qualify and some that are less likely to qualify.
Supreme Court Watch
Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s tenure in the Clinton White House include memos on abortion rights policy.
The New York Times editorial board calls Kagan an “adept centrist.”
The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment that would have extended Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding, $480 million of which state legislators depended on when they passed the budget last session. This could force the legislature to go into another special session to figure out a way to close that hole in the budget.
Marcy Bloom, of El Grupo de Informacion en Reproduccion Elegida/The Information Group on Reproductive Choice, has a post on RH Reality Check on our vigil for Dr. George Tiller and a reflection on his life and work.
Last week Florida Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed an anti-choice bill that would have required women to undergo an ultrasound – and pay for it out of pocket – before having an abortion.
Other News of Note
The New York Times reports that pro-choice advocates are “cautiously optimistic” that an amendment allowing abortions to be provided at military hospitals will pass.
The Washington Post reports that the federal health care reform law includes provisions that will increase access to maternal care services.
An FDA panel of reproductive health experts has recommended for approval a new emergency contraceptive, Ella, that is effective up to 5 days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.