As several news sources have pointed out, prior to the ACA, insurers could deny coverage to victims of sexual assault. Prior to the passage of Obamacare, survivors of sexual assault who sought medical attention for injuries sustained during the assault could be denied coverage later on because rape was considered a pre-existing condition. The National Women’s Law Center launched a campaign at the time “Being a Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition,” as Gina Scaramella from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center recalled. Under the new MacArthur-Meadows Amendment in Trumpcare, states would be allowed to waive the ban on denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. It … Continue reading →
Happy Sunday All! Wanted to share a few things, first a short vid showing the line to get inside to hear all the speakers, including Bernie, speak on behalf of health care policy in Michigan: The line in Warren, MI where it's 28°, waiting to see a 75-year old talk health care policy. 🎶Times are a-changin'🎶 pic.twitter.com/67ItkJ0kPx — Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) January 15, 2017 Here is a link for that rally: Here’s is Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood discovering that perhaps she’d backed the wrong candidate last year: In case anyone ever doubted that people would show up to fight … Continue reading →
In case you didn’t know, Ruth Bader Ginsberg has inspired fan art, from tattoos to T-shirts to music to GIFs and memes and posters, a book — “The Notorious RBG,” and now, an art exhibit at Los Angeles’s Skirball Center (in the works for 2018). Here are excerpts from the article about it by Cristian Farias, in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ruth-bader-ginsburg-museum_us_57ee87dce4b024a52d2e95e1?section=§ion=us_arts Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gearing up for the start of a new term at the Supreme Court, which kicks off next week in Washington and may or may not promise a lot of thrills and chills. But far from the court’s marble corridors, in Los … Continue reading →
[I wrote this on TOP yesterday afternoon. It was the first one I had done there in about a month. I read the WaPo article, reacted, and thought people at TOP place needed to see and think about this more than folks here. Chasing Orion (hope I got that right) suggested I post it here also. This is my home place. Most of my posts will be here first. Anyway, the reaction was mixed. 155 or so recs, made the rec list. Some understood my criticism, others disagreed. That’s ok. The reaction was fine overall. Calm. Folks can disagree. … Continue reading →
Supreme Court Strikes Down Strict Texas Abortion Law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women’s groups said would have forced more than three-quarters of the state’s clinics to shut down.
The decision was 5-3.
Passed in 2013, the law said clinics providing abortion services must meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers. And it required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Since the law was passed, the number of clinics providing abortion services in Texas dropped to 19 from 42. Opponents said that number would fall to ten if the Supreme Court upheld the law.
Texas defended the restrictions, saying that states have wide discretion to pass laws in areas where there is medical and scientific uncertainty. The state said the law was passed “to ensure patient safety and raise standards of care.”
The court’s decision will affect similar laws in twelve other states, some now on hold because of court challenges. The restrictions in Texas represented a new front in efforts to restrict abortion by focusing on protecting the health and safety of the mother rather than the life of the fetus.