Yet another anti-choice measure was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. The amendment, offered by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., would ban health centers from using federal funds for comprehensive medical training, which often includes instruction in the provision of abortion procedures.
Some call them pork projects. In Florida, many call them turkeys. Others call them a worthy use of legislative discretion. Florida TaxWatch, the business-backed research group, released its annual list of turkeys today, finding nearly $203 million in local projects not requested by state agencies or vetted by the traditional budgeting process - an increase over recent years, and the most since 2007. Its press release notes that an increase of $138 million could increase K-12 education funding by $53 per student.
According to The News Service of Florida, Florida health officials have “less than three months to develop a detailed Medicaid-overhaul plan to sell to the Obama administration. But whether or not the federal government will give Florida a go-ahead with its proposed overhaul is unclear, due to certain provisions that conflict with basic federal laws.” Among these conflicts is a provision that allows Medicaid providers to opt-out of providing family planning services on “moral or religious grounds.”
Republican Nathan Deal, governor of Georgia, signed immigration enforcement bill HB87 into law last Friday, and the measure appears poised to draw a constitutional challenge.
According to The Journal Gazette, Planned Parenthood asked U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt for a restraining order today, just hours after Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill that would strip the chain of reproductive health clinics of their funding in the state.
A recent report released by Family Health International, the Guttmacher Institute and the University of New Mexico shows that the United States has seen in a rise in the number of women who use an intrauterine device (IUD) as a method of birth control in the past few years. Among other factors, the report credits an increase of this form of birth control with “top tier of contraceptive effectiveness” because of “contraceptive equity laws that require insurance plans to cover contraceptive methods, including intrauterine contraception.”
The newest issue of the Catholic pro-choice magazine Conscience raises several questions about the current administration's stance on abortion-rights issues.
Due to some last minute GOP disagreements and disappointments that culminated in a chaotic legislative overtime, the Florida Senate did not pass all the bills on the calendar for the last day of this legislative session. Among the bills that slipped through the cracks: an abortion-restricting bill sponsored by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce sent an email alert Tuesday urging businesses to contact Senators NOW and tell them you OPPOSE mandatory E-Verify.