The Seattle Times profiles anti-choice Senate candidate Dino Rossi. Rossi is so far to the right, he is now saying he would “maybe” make an exception to his opposition to abortion access for cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger.
Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza has moved the Washington Senate race into the “toss up” category, citing public and private polls that show Sen. Patty Murray and presumed general election challenger Dino Rossi running neck and neck.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced that even with the recently approved federal aid for the state, she needs to cut $51 million from state welfare programs immediately, and she has told state agencies to prepare for across-the-board cuts of 4-7% by October 1.
Now that Catholic Church employees in Wisconsin can get birth control covered by their health insurance plans, thanks to a new state law requiring all health insurance plans to cover contraception, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that one church official has warned that employees – including non-Catholics – who use birth control, which is prohibited by the church, could face sanctions, including the loss of their jobs.
As part of the Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, Rita Martinez, of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, discusses the adverse consequences of not having sex education in the home or at school.
Other News of Note
The Boston Globe reports that in the current economic climate, many employers are scaling back on maternity leave.