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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Elections matter on women's rights

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Mississippi may soon be the only state in the country without an abortion clinic. This is a product of the Republican takeover of the state.

Ever more restrictive regulation — here requiring local hospital admitting privileges for clinic doctors — is the means to rid the state of abortion providers. Some Mississippi politicians have at least been open about the goal, rather than offering up lip service about quality medical care and the like.

Other states, including Arkansas, have moved close to this point on preventing exercise of a legal medical right through legislative tricks. After abortion, then contraception. After contraception, in vitro fertilization. After that, who knows? Viagra?

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Speaking of Abortion, Mississippi

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    Bro. Jason Rapert got to grandstand at Boys State today about that liberal bully down in Little Rock — me. He might have had the crowd with him on abortion, but I think he might have found a different response on marijuana and Faulkner county beer sales. /more/
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  • The abortion prohibition movement advances

    May 22, 2014
    The New York Times notes the spread in Southern states, including neighboring Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, of laws aimed at requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. The laws are under challenge. If allowed to stand they will, as designed, wipe out the availability of abortion in broad swaths of the country. /more/
  • Religious Freedom: To some it means discrimination

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    A story from Mississippi illustrates precisely the outlook I've seen in many Arkansas politicians. Religious freedom means the imposition of discrimination against despised minorities by the state. I expect this battle to arrive here before long. /more/
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    May 1, 2014
    Bishop Anthony Taylor of the Little Rock Catholic diocese has expressed reservations about the acquisition of the QualChoice insurance company by Catholic Health Initiatives, which operates the St. Vincent Health System. The issue would appear to be insurance coverage of reproductive care. Despite the bishop's concern, the deal has been done, it was announced this morning. /more/
  • Reproductive rights and the Cotton-Pryor Senate race

    April 16, 2014
    U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, you may remember, was a co-sponsor of the "Life at Conception Act," a so-called personhood measure which would give full constitutional rights to each "preborn human person" at the "moment of fertilization. In addition to being a frontal assault on Roe v. Wade, the bill (likely unconstitutional) could ban certain forms of birth control such as IUDs or the morning-after pill. The Washington Post's Greg Sargent speculates that Democratic Senate candidates may try to make this a wedge issue to help them appeal to women: /more/
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