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The War on Women: More Than 400 Reasons to Fight Back


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The War on Women: More Than 400 Reasons to Fight Back

  1. 1. Nancy Keenan, President Donna Crane, Policy Director April 28, 2011 The War on Women: More Than 400 Reasons to Fight Back
  2. 2. 112 th Congress At a Glance
  3. 3. Federal Action, January-April 2011 <ul><li>Attacks on health-care reform </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stupak on Steroids” agenda: H.R.3 & H.R.358 </li></ul><ul><li>Attempt to zero out Title X family-planning program </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood </li></ul><ul><li>D.C. abortion ban reimposed </li></ul>House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called H.R.3 one of his “highest legislative priorities.” - ABC News, January 20, 2011
  4. 4. Attacks on Health-Care Reform <ul><li>House voted to repeal full law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H.R.2: 245-189 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>House voted twice to defund </li></ul><ul><li>law </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitts amendment to H.R.1: 239-183 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H.Con.Res.35: 240-185 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. “ Stupak on Steroids” Agenda
  6. 6. Attempt to Zero Out Title X Family-Planning Program <ul><li>Title X (ten) is the nation's cornerstone family-planning program for low-income women </li></ul><ul><li>House voted to eliminate the program: 235-189 </li></ul><ul><li>Final FY’11 budget cut $17 million from the program </li></ul>
  7. 7. Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood <ul><li>House voted twice to defund Planned Parenthood: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pence Amendment to H.R.1: 240-185 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H.Con.Res.36: 241-185 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Failed in Senate: 42-58 </li></ul>NARAL Pro-Choice America in Action: On April 7, thousands of pro-choice activists stormed Capitol Hill as anti-choice House leaders bring government to brink of shutdown over defunding Planned Parenthood.
  8. 8. D.C. Abortion Ban Reimposed <ul><li>In 2009, for the first time in 14 years, Congress lifted its ban on the District's use of its own privately raised funds to provide abortion care to its low-income residents.  </li></ul><ul><li>Final FY’11 budget reinstated the ban </li></ul><ul><li>Once the ban was reinstated, Medicaid immediately stopped paying for abortion care in D.C. </li></ul>Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, speaks out against D.C. abortion ban at news conference with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Mayor Vincent Gray, and other local leaders.
  9. 9. Changes in States’ Political Composition State Governments State Legislatures Governors *including the District of Columbia 2010 2011 Pro-choice 17 17* Mixed-choice 12 5 Anti-choice 21 29 2010 2011 Pro-choice 5 7* Anti-choice 10 15 2010 2011 Pro-choice 11* 9* Anti-choice 16 19
  10. 10. Anti-Choice State Legislation Being Tracked 175 427
  11. 11. State Action, January-April 2011 <ul><li>Abortion-coverage bans </li></ul><ul><li>Nebraska copycat bans </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory-ultrasound legislation </li></ul><ul><li>“ Personhood” measures </li></ul><ul><li>Race- and sex-based attacks </li></ul>
  12. 12. Abortion-Coverage Bans <ul><li>Before health-care reform, 5 states banned insurance from covering abortion </li></ul><ul><li>Following health-care reform, 9 enacted some sort of abortion coverage ban </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 states enacted bans in 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 states enacted bans in 2011 (and 1 ban vetoed) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Currently, a total of 11 states have some sort of abortion coverage ban (some states have enacted multiple bans) </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation filed so far in 2011: 53 bills in 23 states </li></ul>
  13. 13. Abortion-Coverage Bans Pre-PPACA Statewide abortion-coverage ban existed prior to health-care reform
  14. 14. Current Law: Abortion-Coverage Bans Statewide abortion-coverage ban Abortion-coverage ban in exchange
  15. 15. Abortion-Coverage Bans: Current & Proposed Abortion-coverage ban proposed in 2011 Statewide abortion-coverage ban Abortion-coverage ban in exchange
  16. 16. Nebraska Copycat Bans <ul><ul><li>Bans abortion after 20 weeks with almost no exceptions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legislation filed so far in 2011: 31 bills in 15 states: AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MN, MS, NM, OK, OR, and SC </li></ul><ul><li>Enacted so far in 2011: ID, KS, and OK </li></ul><ul><li>National Right to Life Committee anticipates 5 more states will pass similar measures this session </li></ul>
  17. 17. Mandatory-Ultrasound Legislation <ul><ul><li>Before 2011 session, 21 states had some type of ultrasound provision on the books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislation filed so far in 2011: 28 ultrasound-related bills in 14 states: AL, AR, AZ, CT, FL, IN, KY, MI, MT, NC, OH, RI, TX, VA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enacted so far in 2011: AZ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By comparison, only 9 ultrasound-related bills were considered in 2010; 3 passed: FL (vetoed), LA (in effect), and OK (in litigation) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. “ Personhood” Measures <ul><li>Personhood USA now claiming activity in all 50 states </li></ul><ul><li>On the 2011 ballot in MS </li></ul><ul><li>Threatened for 2012 ballot in FL </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation filed so far in 2011: 22 bills in 14 states: IA, KS, LA, MI, MT, ND, NH, NY, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By comparison, only 7 bills were considered in 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Race- and Sex-Based Attacks <ul><li>Legislation filed so far in 2011: 8 bills in 5 states: AZ, KS, MA, RI, and WV </li></ul><ul><li>Enacted so far in 2011: AZ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Billboards in 11 states: AR, CA, FL, GA, IL, MO, NY, OH, TN, TX, and WI </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio Kellie Copeland, Executive Director
  21. 22. Changes in Ohio’s Political Composition State Government State Legislature Senate House 2010 2011 Pro-choice Mixed-choice x Anti-choice x 2010 2011 Pro-choice Mixed-choice Anti-choice x x 2010 2011 Pro-choice Mixed-choice x Anti-choice x
  22. 23. Effects of Ohio’s Electoral Changes <ul><li>A multitude of extreme attacks against women. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HB 125, the so-called “heartbeat bill” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HB 78/S 72, 20-week viability testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HB 63/SB 8, judicial bypass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HB 7, abstinence-only program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HB 79, ban on insurance coverage of abortion </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Resources <ul><li>NARAL Pro-Choice America </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Media Inquiries: </li></ul><ul><li>202-973-3032 or </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>