Welcome to the Friday Femorandum, our weekly roundup of reproductive rights news. Here’s what happened in reproductive politics this week:
Pretty good, but not good enough: Hospitals in Washington must disclose reproductive healthcare policies by Tuesday due to new disclosure rules.
Today, in new levels of creep: Hobby Lobby and friends would like the right to not cover doctor’s visits for their employees if birth control might even be discussed, which seems both unenforceable and illogical, unless your boss looks like this:
But not so fast, Hobby Lobby! The National Coalition of American Nuns has come out in support of access to contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Sister Donna Quinn told Religion Dispatches, “It isn’t ‘faith and freedom’ when reproductive autonomy isn’t extended by the Catholic Church to women.”
You rule, Sister Donna Quinn!
This week, the anti-choice Twittersphere discovered that the DC Abortion Fund — which funds abortions for low-income women — gives coat hanger pendants to donors. Not understanding the significance of the coat hanger as a symbol, or what abortion funds do, the anti-choice social media crowd proceeded to freak out, calling the pendants “Sick sick sick!” and “so wrong and evil,” unknowingly slamming the consequences of their own policy agenda. Because yes, we agree. Forcing women to self-abort with coat hangers is so wrong and evil.
“There is absolutely no reason to shackle pregnant women. It’s unsafe, inhumane and barbaric“: Last month, the Femorandum covered Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s emergency regulations to stop prisons from shackling women in labor. Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Senate passed a bill to make anti-shackling regulations permanent.
“The precedent could inspire more prosecutions of Mississippi women and girls for everything from miscarriage to abortion“: ProPublica investigates a Mississippi case where junk science about pregnancy and drug use and criminalizing pregnant woman led to a young woman’s murder charge after her pregnancy loss.
As of this week, 5 million people have signed up for Obamacare. That’s “an increase of about 800,000 in the last two weeks,” reports the New York Times.
“A bill of rights for ripoff artists, bad doctors and careless hospital managements“: The GOP’s ACA alternative, according to theLA Times.
Our Feminist Killjoy of the Week: is Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and outspoken advocate for reproductive rights, who stars in this video. It covers all the key points of the Hobby Lobby case. With puppets. Because protecting our privacy and health is actually that simple.