Core Values
Healthcare
Women

Summary
Healthcare is a fundamental human right.

Everyone should have access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care.
Democrats are pro-choice. 

Reproductive Rights

State abortion ballots prepare for post-Roe world
July 15, 2018 Politico
Many states have turned to both ballot measures and legislation to enact abortion policy in the event of a dramatic Supreme Court decision.  They’re setting the stage for if and when Roe falls.  The criminal code will immediately be triggered.

l Was Tricked By A ‘Fake Reproductive Health Center.’ Now I’m Fighting For Other Women.
July 3, 2018 HUFFPOST PERSONAL
These centers pose as women’s health clinics, despite often having no licensed medical professionals on staff. They exist solely for the purpose of luring women in the door and counseling them against abortion.

Let’s Talk About My Abortion (and Yours)
June 30, 2018 The New York Times – Opinion
Op-Ed contributor Cindi Leive writes, “No woman owes anyone an answer about whether she has or hasn’t. But roughly one in four of us have, and we are your sisters and mothers and friends.”

Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion
June 29, 2018 AP
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was unconstitutional and that “autonomy and dominion over one’s body go to the very heart of what it means to be free.”

The Supreme Court just enabled a network to deceive America’s women
June 26, 2018 CNN – Opinion
The court overturned a California consumer protection law, the Reproductive FACT Act, that requires these centers to post a notice on whether they are medically licensed, and ruled the law imposes an unduly burdensome disclosure requirement.

Judge upholds Missouri law that restricts access to abortion pill
June 12, 2018 The Hill
A federal judge in Missouri this week upheld a state law restricting access to medication to induce abortions as the case awaits trial.

How cable news poisons the conversation about abortion – Video
June 4, 2018 Media Matters
Media Matters’ monitored evening cable news programs for 12 months and found that Fox News was responsible for 54 percent of all abortion related coverage, more than MSNBC and CNN combined. And of those segments on Fox, 77 percent included misinformation and outright falsehoods.

Fourth federal judge blocks Trump’s cuts to teen pregnancy prevention
May 29, 2018 The Hill

Judge Coughenour ruled that the administration unlawfully ended grants two years early for the King County Health Department, which participated in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program.

The Trump Administration Just Took a Big Step Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood
May 22, 2018 Mother Jones
People will not get the health care they need. They won’t get birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing, and treatment, or even general women’s health exams, leading to more unplanned pregnancies and worse health outcomes for women and families.

Iowa lawmakers pass the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban — as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected
May 2, 2018 CNN
The Republican-led legislature in Iowa has passed a bill that, if signed into law, will become the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban: It forbids doctors from performing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report
Apr 23, 2018 Rewire.News
Reproductive rights are human rights, and omitting the issue signals the Trump Administration’s latest retreat from global leadership on human rights.”

Mike Pence’s Indiana abortion law declared unconstitutional
April 20, 2018 Daily Kos
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Indiana abortion ban signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence in 2016 unconstitutional. The law would prevent women from having abortions based on the gender, race, or disability of the fetus.

Notes, emails reveal Trump appointees’ war to end HHS teen pregnancy program
The $213 million Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program was aimed at helping teenagers understand how to avoid unwanted pregnancies. It had bipartisan support in Congress and trained more than 7,000 health professionals and supported 3,000 community-based organizations since its inception in 2010.