Think the holidays were just a time for joy, merry making, and generosity? Think again. This holiday season, state politicians continued their attacks on women’s reproductive health. Here’s a wrap up of from the past 2 weeks.
- Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law unnecessary and burdensome requirements on clinics that provide abortions and a ban on the use of telemedicine for medication abortion, threatening access for women in rural areas.
- In Virginia, Governor McDonnell signed off on burdensome and unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics, which could shut down as many as half of the state’s clinics and threaten access for thousands of Virginia women.
- A state court judge ruled that Texas can exclude Planned Parenthood from its state health program for now, leaving 48,000 women without care.
Importantly, the holidays also brought a few victories for women’s reproductive health:
- A Georgia judge temporarily blocked a state law that would criminalize virtually all abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy, with only an extremely narrow exception for the woman’s health.
- A federal judge temporarily blocked a Missouri state law that tried to penalize insurance plans for complying with the health care law’s contraceptive coverage benefit.
- Michigan Governor Snyder vetoed a bill that attempted to ban insurance coverage of abortion, recognizing the threat presented to women who might become pregnant as a result of rape or incest or who face threats to their health.
Here’s hoping 2013 only adds items to the second list!