Bad news out of Missouri this week: employers and insurers who personally oppose birth control, abortion and sterilization will be able to refuse to cover those forms of health care in their employee’s health insurance. Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed the bill, but earlier this week, the Republican-controlled legislature overrode the veto.
A similar piece of legislation, called the Blunt Amendment, failed at the federal level back in March. Missouri is following the lead of religiously-affiliated institutions who have balked at reproductive rights coverage underPresident Obama’s health care reform, despite the administration’s compromise that insurers must pick up the tab if the employer won’t.
Last night, the Missouri legislature overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s (D-Mo.) veto of a far-reaching anti-choice bill that will now go into effect.
This law will allow bosses to refuse to cover birth control, abortion, and other health-care services in their insurance plans based on their personal beliefs. Women who work at these organizations may no longer receive comprehensive health-care coverage.
This is the furthest-reaching of any recent state bill on this topic.
When Gov. Nixon vetoed the bill in July, he delivered a strong rebuke against its intent to deny contraceptive-coverage to women. Watch his great remarks and read more here
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The War on Women, as the GOP line goes, is a myth drummed by the liberal media to distract from important economic issues. Issues like jobs, the economy, and building a giant fucking oil pipe across the middle of the country. A real President would focus on things that matter to realAmericans rather than spending the entire campaign playing in the Barbie aisle with the ladies and their special interest concerns. But since when did reproductive choices decouple from economic consequences?
As long as pregnancy and childbirth cost money, and time that could be used to make more money if it wasn’t being spent on kid-wrangling, a woman’s ability to control the size of her family is the most important economic issue of all. So why is anyone getting away with pretending it’s not?
This. This. In every way, THIS
… [when] people refuse to answer germane questions, it’s either because they don’t know the answer, or because they have a feeling that you’ll hate their answers more than their silence…
Which brings me to Ann Romney’s continued refusal to answer questions about how she feels about, well, any issue of substance at all: she knows that what she thinks is probably unpalatable to the very demographic that she’s campaigning to court — women voters. But women are not that easily fooled.
While the seemingly endless stream of vague political platitudes may have run together like the Ann Coulter’s boringly horrible tweets, the women of the Democratic National Convention broke through the mundanity with a few pointy, poignant, and piercing zingers. Here are 20 of the most byte-worthy moments, from ladies only.