January 22, 2013
"Inaugurating Roe: Remove Restrictions on Abortion Coverage," Laura Murphy, Huffington Post blogs: The definition of inaugurate, to "put something into operation," takes on additional significance in light of President Obama's recent inauguration ceremony and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, writes Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office. While both milestones should "be celebrated, for too many women the promise of Roe has yet to be 'put into operation'" because of federal restrictions on abortion coverage in Medicaid. Murphy calls on Obama to submit a budget proposal to Congress that "omit[s] the restrictions on coverage of abortion," which would "send a strong signal to Congress and to women and families around the country: Not only are these restrictions unfair, they're also not inevitable. Together, we must work to eliminate them" (Murphy, Huffington Post blogs, 1/21).
What others are saying about the Roe v. Wade anniversary:
~ "Legal Roundup: On Roe Anniversary Legal Attacks on Reproductive Rights Increase," Jessica Pieklo, RH Reality Check.
~ "Politicians Didn't Walk With Me Through My Life. They Don't Belong in My Bedroom," Morgan Meneses-Sheets, RH Reality Check.
~ "Taking Action: Making Roe Real for All Women," Kelly Blanchard, RH Reality Check.
~ "Alabama Supreme Court Declares a Fetus is a Child," Jessica Pieklo, Care2.
~ "Roe v. Wade: After 40 Years, Deep Divide is Legacy," David Crary, AP/Huffington Post blogs.
"Mississippi May Be First State With Zero Abortion Providers," Jessica Pieklo, Care2: "Roe v. Wade may have confirmed that women have a constitutional right to choose an abortion, but for women in Mississippi, they may soon learn whether that federally protected right means anti-abortion legislators in states cannot drive out abortion providers," Pieklo writes. She notes that Mississippi's sole abortion clinic has missed the deadline to comply with a law "that mandated doctors performing abortions at the [clinic] have admitting privileges at local hospitals." She adds, "Legislators in the state have been very clear that their crusade is about one thing and one thing only: re-criminalizing abortion," a goal that is "in sight" (Pieklo, Care2, 1/18).
What others are saying about access to abortion providers:
~ "Alabama's Clinic Escorts Protect Women From Anti-Abortion Protesters Singing 'Happy Birthday Dead Baby,'" Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."
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