Welcome to the Friday Femorandum, our weekly roundup of reproductive rights news.
Here’s what happened in reproductive politics this week:
A federal judge struck down Alabama’s admitting privileges law – a TRAP law that would have shuttered 3 of the state’s 5 clinics: “If this requirement would not, in the face of all the evidence in the record, constitute an impermissible undue burden,” Judge Thompson wrote, “then almost no regulation, short of those imposing an outright prohibition on abortion, would.”
How do court rulings impact health policy? Broadly, reports the WSJ, analyzing recent rulings and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“An Index of Harm”: Charting the devastating impact of the GOP’s Medicaid politics on rural Southern communities.
“Susana wasn’t charged with abortion, but rather with homicide of a blood relative. This crime applies to people who kill their spouse, sibling, parent or child.” In Argentina, a woman – and her friends who supported her – are being illegally imprisoned for her abortion.
“What I Said When They Came For The Handmaid’s Tale.” A teacher stands up for Margaret Atwood’s feminist allegory.
This might be a good time to remind you that our Millennial Advisory Council runs a feminist book club.
The GOP’s “laughably belated, transparent, last-ditch effort to attract female voters before the midterm elections in November” is just as embarrassing and misguided as it sounds.
“I’ve never really believed that much of anyone really, truly thinks that abortion is murder. If you look at actions, rather than words, it just doesn’t add up.” The American Prospect deconstructs a ubiquitous anti-choice tagline with logic.
“Pregnancy is a lot more like war than we might care to admit.”
“I don’t believe that history is going to spontaneously take us forward, so going towards more equality needs us to be politically proactive.” France just passed a lawthat allows women to obtain abortion services “during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy with no questions asked” in an effort to increase gender equality across the country.
Thank you for being pro-choice. You restore our faith in humanity every day.
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