Every Friday, we bring you all the repro news that’s fit to reprint! Here’s what happened in reproductive politics this week:
We stand with Montana: A family practice clinic in Kalispell, Montana, was vandalized Tuesday because the clinic’s family practice is comprehensive enough to include abortion. The damage was “extensive” enough to force All Families Healthcare to close temporarily, and since the break-in, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the suspect has ties to an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center called Hope Pregnancy Ministries.
Finally! The FDA has ruled that generic versions of the morning-after pill – not just the not-generically-priced Plan B One-Step® – “can be sold on store shelves without restriction.”
What could possibly go wrong: In the wake of Bridgegate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is playing up his anti-choice views in the hopes of seeming conservative enough for the Republican presidential nomination.
Pulling a Rodney Tom: Former State Rep. Mark Miloscia – who was once merely an anti-choice, anti-marriage equality Democrat – is “becoming a Republican and challenging State Sen. Tracey Eide in the 30th legislative disctrict,” reports the P-I.
“It’s obvious we’re going to have a public health problem on our hands”: Rachel Maddow reported the closure of the last abortion clinic in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley this week. Whole Woman’s Health is closing due to restrictions set by Texas’s omnibus anti-abortion bill passed last summer.
Speaking of abortion restrictions: The Alabama State House passed passed a bill banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which effectively bans abortion before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. The House also rejected an amendment that, by funding comprehensive sex education, would have, you know, actually reduced the state’s abortion rate.
“I repeat in my head what we always tell our patients: you don’t owe them anything. You don’t need to answer them. Under no circumstances do they deserve to hear intimate details of your medical life. Just ignore them.” If you haven’t read this essay at The Toast, written by an abortion clinic escort, you should.
This Senate: has passed domestic violence gun legislation.
Affordable Care Act Watch: Open enrollment will not be extended.
What causes abortion regret? Being shamed for having an abortion, reports Amanda Marcotte at RH Reality Check.
Our Feminist Killjoy of the Week: is Madeline Burrows, the creator the one-woman show MOM BABY GOD, which documents her time undercover in the anti-choice youth movement. Her Lila Rose impression is priceless, and so necessary.