Respect Connecticut Women’s Health Care

In an op-ed in support of a Hartford city ordinance that would hold crisis pregnancy centers accountable for the medical care they profess to give, doctors Abigail Cutler and Meredith Pensak cited the importance of the Women’s Health Protection Act:

This federal legislation would end state laws that direct doctors to perform tests and procedures that they consider unnecessary before giving women access to to reproductive health services. Doctors would also be able to prescribe and dispense medication as they deem medically appropriate.

Mayor Bronin’s efforts in Hartford and Sen. Blumenthal’s in Washington make women’s health and safety a priority and we urge adoption of the city ordinance and federal law to help to ensure women of Connecticut receive timely, appropriate care from real doctors.

Read the complete op-ed in the Hartford Courant.

The Supreme Court Says Abortion Care Is About Women’s Health — OK Congress, Now It’s Your Turn!

Terry O’Neill is the president of the National Organization for Women, which is a partner of the Act for Women campaign. Any views expressed regarding a candidate for elected office are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Act for Women Campaign, a nonpartisan entity.  

I’ve had time to digest the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and while it was a victory for women, it may be premature to call this the turning point in the struggle for abortion rights.

By striking down Texas’s infamous law HB2, which imposed admitting privileges requirements and surgical-center construction mandates on abortion clinics, the court helped expose targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) laws for what they are: medically unnecessary regulations designed to be so burdensome that abortion clinics will be forced to close.

As Justice Ginsburg wrote, “In truth, complications from an abortion are both rare and rarely dangerous.”

For me, the key part of the decision is its unwavering focus on women’s health.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

 

“Attacks on Women’s Health Will Not Be Tolerated”: Reflections on the 2016 Colorado General Assembly

The following was written by Karen Middleton (Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, which is a state partner of the Act for Women campaign) and appeared in the Huffington Post.

As a former Member of the Colorado House of Representatives from Aurora, it was my distinct honor to accompany Colorado’s Speaker of the House, Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, onto the floor for the 2016 General Assembly Opening Day in January. And she made her priorities very clear in her Opening Day speech:

“Ideologues and opportunists will try to impose their views on the woman who isn’t ready to have a family. They will try to rob her of the choice to make her own private medical decisions.

We will defeat these ideologues and opportunists.”

And we did.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

Congress Must Act to Save Roe v. Wade

Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (an Act for Women campaign member), recently published the following op-ed.

What if a state passes a law that shuts down all abortion clinics within 150 miles of hundreds of thousands of women because the corridors were not the same width as a hospital with 100 beds? Would that be fair? How about 250 miles? 500 miles? Where would you draw the line?

What if you had to drive 400 miles to see an abortion provider and then wait another day for the procedure — and not for any medically necessary reason? Another 2 days? Would being forced to miss two or three days of work for a procedure that takes less than an hour seem right to you? How about having to prove when you last had your period and when you last had sex to be sure the fetus was less than 20 weeks old? (And how exactly would you prove that?)

Read more at The Hill.

On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Fresh Threats to Abortion Access Demand Action

Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (an Act for Women campaign member), recently published the following op-ed.

Forty-three years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade protecting a woman’s right to abortion. Since the 2010 elections, a wave of state laws has aimed at restricting that right, closing clinics and harassing medical providers.

No less than 288 new laws have been passed across the country to make abortion access ever more difficult. They come with punitive regulations on clinics, impediments to those seeking abortions and nonsensical requirements on providers.

Read more on JTA.org.