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Keeping score: religious employers can exclude PrEP from health insurance coverage; 650 locations in the United States replace anti-Native names

In each issue of M/s., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, list must-have quotes from feminist voices, and keep tabs on the many stages of the feminist movement. Were Keep score online too – in this bi-weekly roundup.


Let’s not forget it

“Our veterans – who often have higher rates of chronic disease – have sacrificed the unimaginable for our nation and the last thing they should worry about is our country abandoning them, risking their health and denying their basic rights.

Just as we owe our veterans the right to continue to have a family as they see fit, we owe the heroes who risked it all abroad access to necessary medical care at home – and for some veterans, that includes abortions – and I will continue to work to make sure this right is protected for all Americans.

—Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) after Republican attack President Joe Biden’s decision maintain abortion care within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) if the pregnant person’s health is in danger or if she has been the victim of rape or incest.

“For almost every woman who has had an abortion, there is a man who has also been affected or liberated by that abortion. Right now, it’s really just the vulnerability of men, and men talking to other men, that gives us the greatest hope of changing things as quickly, as soon as possible. … I sometimes think about how white people don’t like to talk about race and they say, ‘We just want to center the person who is most affected, so it’s not my role to do anything or take a space and talk.” But we know that when white people take up space and say the right thing in other white people’s bedrooms, it’s the most game-changing activity that can happen, more sometimes than any protest or anyone writing a letter to the editor or something like that.”

-Representing. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) in a interview with GQ about her own experience with abortion and why men have an important role to play in advocating for reproductive freedom.

“It doesn’t matter how much I make. I still won’t get paid as much as this guy because of my vagina? … What I’ve seen—and I’m sure other women in the workforce have seen it too—is that it’s extremely uncomfortable to ask about equal pay. And if you question something that seems unequal, you’re told it’s not gender disparity, but they can’t tell you exactly what it is.

—Actress Jennifer Lawrence condemn hollywood’s pay gapwhich puts female cast and crew members at a disadvantage.

By refusing to certify these signatures, it is clear that some members of the State Board of Solicitors were playing politics rather than adhering to the will of the people. We are grateful to the Michigan Supreme Court for ensuring that the more than 750,000 Michiganders who made their voices heard clearly in this case are heard. In Michigan and across the country, we are seeing a wave of Americans fighting for their freedom of choice and calling out MAGA Republicans who are determined to deny us our most basic rights. We are proud to support this initiative and will be working closely with the Reproductive Freedom for All campaign and our partners to support this initiative in November.

—Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a statement addressing the Michigan State Board of Solicitors’ rejection of the “Reproductive Freedom for All” ballot initiative, which garnered more than 750,000 signatures.

Milestones

+ A decision by a Texas federal judge on Wednesday, September 7, allows religious employers to exclude PrEP from their health insurance coverage. The 150 million Americans with employer-sponsored insurance risk losing access to the drug, which prevents HIV.

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a drug that people at risk of getting HIV take to prevent getting HIV through sex or injection drug use. (Daily PrEP)

+ Access to abortion pills is also at risk since the overthrow of Roe vs. Wadebut a startup called Choice allows customers to purchase the drug for future use. The service, “known as Advanced Provisioning,” will be offered in states where Choice is authorized, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine and New Mexico.

+ New Mexico is plan the construction of an abortion clinic near its border with Texas. An executive order from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) allocates $10 million to the clinic in hopes it will serve some Texas residents who cannot get abortions in their home country.

“As more states act to restrict and prohibit access to reproductive care, New Mexico will continue to not only protect access to abortion, but to expand and strengthen reproductive health care. across the state,” Lujan Grisham said.

+ Nearly 650 locations in the United States whose names included a racist term for Native women has been changed, including about two dozen in Colorado. The new names vary widely, but some include native terms offered by tribes in the area.

“I feel a deep obligation to use my platform to ensure that our public lands and waters are accessible and welcoming. It starts with removing racist and derogatory names that have adorned federal sites for far too long,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said.

+ An Alabama law prohibits pregnant women from being arrested for drug-related offenses, including marijuana use.to pay a deposit. Instead, they are required to remain in state custody in a prison or drug rehabilitation program out of fear for the safety of the fetus.

+ The South Carolina House approved a total ban on abortion Tuesday, August 30– with exceptions for rape and incest – on a 67-38 vote.

+ In Michigan, a judge recently overturned a 1931 anti-abortion law that had been suspended months earlier. A proposed amendment, which has garnered more than 700,000 signatures, would formally enshrine abortion rights in Michigan’s state constitution.

Protesters march through downtown Detroit on May 7, 2022, five days after the Dobbs opinion leak – in support of Roe vs. Wade. (Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

+ Over 15,000 Minnesota nurses went on strike effective Monday, September 12, due to staff shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the largest strike by private sector nurses in the United States to date.

“I can’t give my patients the care they deserve,” said Chris Rubesch, vice president of the Minnesota Nurses Association. “The call lights go unanswered. Patients should only wait a few seconds or minutes if they have soiled themselves or their oxygen has come off or they need to go to the bathroom, but it can take 10 minutes or more. These are things that cannot wait.

How we are

+ women make up 7% more of Ohio’s registered voters since the Supreme Court disclosed its decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. They previously made up just 47% of newly registered voters in the state, and in recent months that number has jumped to 54%.

+ One study in Reproductive Health found that one in three people seeking abortion care in the United States “would definitely or probably consider terminating the pregnancy on their own if they could not get care at a facility.”

+ Forty-eight all over town guaranteed income programs have sprung up since 2020 to provide cash assistance to vulnerable residents. Three of the programs – those in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland – started in California, in addition to funds in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver and other major cities.

“When you provide resources to struggling families, it can empower them to achieve goals that many of us are fortunate enough to take for granted,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. said.

(Explore the stories of guaranteed income recipients at the Magnolia Mother’s Trust, based in Jackson, Mississippi. In Front and Center, these mothers talk about their struggles, their children, their work, their relationships and their dreams for the future, and how a federal guaranteed income program could change their lives.)

+ The Williams Institute at UCLA has published a new report on how transgender voters will be affected by voter ID laws in the upcoming election. They found that while 878,300 transgender Americans will be eligible to vote midterm, nearly a quarter of them (203,700) lack ID “that reflects their correct name and/or gender,” and nearly 65,000 live in states with severe voter ID restrictions.

+ One investigation by The 19th revealed great distrust of American politicians when it comes to abortion laws. Nearly three in four Democrats and 70% of Republicans described politicians as not being knowledgeable enough on the issue.

“For some people, they will spend years of their life trying to get pregnant. Their journey is different from that of someone who has a surprise pregnancy or becomes pregnant through unwanted circumstances,” said Jessica Macias, a resident of Corona, Calif. said. “Because of these nuances, I don’t think it’s for anyone to decide – especially in these general terms – how many weeks you can wait before having access to an abortion, or what types of contraceptives and access to abortion you can get.”

American democracy is at a dangerous inflection point – from the disappearance of abortion rights, the lack of pay equity and parental leave, to soaring maternal mortality and attacks on trans health. . If left unchecked, these crises will lead to wider gaps in political participation and representation. For 50 years, Mrs. forged feminist journalism – reporting, rebellion and telling the truth from the front lines, advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment and focusing on the stories of those most affected. With all that is at stake for equality, we redouble our commitment for the next 50 years. In turn, we need your help, Support Mrs. today with a donation – any amount you care about. For as little as $5 per monthyou will receive the print magazine as well as our electronic newsletters, action alerts and invitations to Mrs. Studio Events and Podcasts. We thank you for your loyalty and ferocity.

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