Welcome to the Friday Femorandum, our weekly roundup of reproductive rights news.
Here’s what happened in reproductive politics this week:
Let’s lead with the good news.
Mississippi’s last abortion clinic will stay open.
“This would be his civil-rights struggle. He would serve women in their darkest moment of need. “The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” Parker says. “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.” Dr. Willie Parker flies from Chicago to Mississippi’s last remaining clinic to provide abortion care. He is a hero. You might want to read this profile at Esquire with a box of tissues. Or three.
In the wake of SCOTUS’s ruling against buffer zones around abortion clinics, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick just signed a bill into law that bans protesters from blocking patient access.
A new reason to ban cartoon villain Hobby Lobby: They allegedly fired an employee when she requested medical leave for her pregnancy.
And then they tried to cut off her unemployment benefits.
Wait, what? That’s actually crazy. Dear Hobby Lobby: that is discrimination, and it is illegal.
Here’s where you can learn more about boycotting Hobby Lobby.
Dr. Deb Klein takes on anti-choice “informed consent” legislation, because mandating that doctors lie to women has nothing to do with truth in medicine.
If you haven’t voted yet, there’s still time. And if your ballot is afflicted with sticky envelope syndrome, scissors are a county-approved solution.
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“While it’s true that we’re mocking people, we consider the chief value of what we’re doing the solidarity that we demonstrate for the individuals or families that need to use the clinic’s services for whatever reasons they may have.Generally, upon arrival, they only encounter hate. We want to offer a rejoinder, however slight.” The amazing couple behind Saturday Chores (see below) speaks!
Thank you for being pro-choice. You restore our faith in humanity every day.
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