Welcome to This Week in Women’s Health Care—the round-up for women who care about what’s going on in Washington and around the country and how it affects their rights. Once a week, we’ll bring you the latest news from the world of women’s health care policy and explain how it impacts you. Let’s get to it!
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens called state legislators back into session this week to quickly push forward some anti-abortion measures. Why? A federal judge had struck down some of the restrictions Missouri had already imposed on abortion providers (like prohibiting doctors from performing abortion unless they have hospital admitting privileges and requiring that abortion clinics meet the same standards as outpatient care facilities), and Greitens decided the state needed to pass more to make up for this. So the Missouri Senate convened Wednesday and passed new anti-abortion regulations (specifically, allowing landlords to discriminate against women who have had abortions and allowing the state health department to conduct unannounced site inspections at abortion clinics) just after midnight. The bill will now head to the Missouri House before eventually landing on Greitens’ desk.
Danica Roem won the Democratic spot in the Virginia General Assembly primaries held Tuesday—putting her in the running for a Virginia House of Delegates seat. If Roem wins the election, she’ll be the first publicly transgender member of the state’s general assembly. But to do so, Roem will have to unseat Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, who proposed a bill that would restrict transgender students’ rights even more than North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2. Marshall’s “Physical Privacy Act” prohibits students from using bathrooms that don’t correspond with the gender labels on their birth certificates, and also requires schools to out transgender students to their parents. Roem is fighting to unseat Marshall so that she can improve health care for transgender Viriginia residents and get schools to include LGBTQ protections in their anti-discrimination policies.
Democrats from Nevada’s state legislature have passed a “Medicaid-for-all” bill, which is now sitting on Republican Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk, awaiting approval. The bill would offer Nevada residents a cheaper health insurance option in the face of rising premiums. And it’s especially important because this bill would expand Medicaid eligibility while Republican federal lawmakers are working to restrict it (through bills like the American Health Care Act). If Sandoval doesn’t approve or veto the proposal by the end of the week, it will automatically become law.
That’s right. According to these estimates, both blue states and red states can agree on one thing: They don’t want the AHCA replacing Obamacare. That doesn’t mean that every single person in every single state opposes the AHCA—it just means that there’s no state where a majority of voters favor the Obamacare replacement, according to this data. The NYT estimates are based on a statistical method called “multilevel regression and postratification” and eight national polls from places like the Kaiser Family Foundation, YouGov, and Public Policy Polling. They’re not definitive, but they have been used to correctly predict public opinion and election outcomes in the past. Long story short? Senators who pass the AHCA might not actually be representing the majority of their constituents’ wishes—and that’s a problem.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a new set of health policies that will better serve transgender patients. These policies include allowing transgender individuals to choose what public facilities they use and creating a gender-neutral patient category. The AMA pledged the educate medical professionals (and the general public) about non-binary gender identities and acknowledge that transgender patients are subject to abuse and bullying that can alter their mental health needs.
Missouri State Representative Mike Moon wants to ban abortion entirely in his state, and he thought decapitating a live chicken in a Facebook video would be a great way to get that point across. “God gave us man dominion over life,” Moon said in the video. “So we’ve been called back to this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically.” He then said, “I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here,” as he literally pulled out the chicken’s heart. Moon posted the video, because he was frustrated that Missouri Governer Eric Greitens had called a special session to discuss anti-abortion bills. Though the bills would all further restrict abortion access in the state, none of them would ban abortion entirely—much to Moon’s dismay. When Facebook users posted negative comments on Moon’s graphic post, he responded by criticizing them for “freaking out about the chicken video” instead of worrying about abortion.
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Source Article from http://www.self.com/story/anti-abortion-chicken-decapitation