The Quickie: Three States Move to Ban Abortion Today
For Immediate Release: May 16, 2023
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In today’s Quickie: NC, SC, and NE all move to ban abortion today, appeals court maintains ACA preventive care mandate while litigation continues, Momnibus bill reintroduced, and Republican presidential hopefuls dodge abortion.
THREE STATES MOVE TO BAN ABORTION TODAY
NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE TO VOTE TO OVERRIDE VETO ON ABORTION BAN: Today, with potential supermajorities in both chambers, the North Carolina House and Senate will hold votes to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of the proposed 12-week abortion ban which includes additional restrictions on care (covered in the Quickie here). Since the bill was passed, Gov. Cooper and reproductive rights organizations in the state, including Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic, have been pressuring lawmakers to uphold the Governor’s veto of this dangerous ban that goes against the will of North Carolinians. Just one or two more lawmakers voting to sustain the veto would sink the ban.
Jenny Black, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, said: “Thousands of people in Raleigh turned out over the weekend to oppose this abortion ban in addition to the many health care providers, faith leaders, and business leaders who have spoken against this shameful piece of legislation. Legislators know this monster abortion ban is deeply unpopular across this state — that is precisely why they are rushing this process without public input. Lawmakers are betraying their constituents and knowingly putting North Carolinians in danger.”
Businesses in North Carolina are taking notice too: more than 200 businesses have rallied to oppose the abortion ban. Business owners have pointed out the harmful impacts of restricting bodily autonomy on businesses and the economy, noting specifically the negative economic effects of North Carolina’s bathroom bill before it was repealed.
“The North Carolina business community is strong, diverse and growing,” Nadia Khamis, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Director of Corporate Engagement, said. “North Carolina has been ranked number one in the country for doing business, so it is a powerful signal that North Carolina business leaders are showing up and advocating against this 12-week abortion ban, which is clearly harmful to the health of their workforce, their businesses’ bottom lines, their livelihoods, and the stability of their communities.”
Read more about the veto override at the Herald Sun and WRAL. Read more about business mobilization against the ban at MSNBC, CBS, and ABC 11.
NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE MOVES TO ADVANCE GENDER-AFFIRMING CARE BAN WITH ABORTION BAN AMENDMENT: Today, the Nebraska legislature will hold a cloture vote to advance LB 574, a ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth that now includes an amendment to ban abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, cruelly added by anti-abortion politicians after they failed to advance a six-week ban last month. If the cloture vote is successful today, then the Legislature would be on the fast track to passing both the gender-affirming care ban and the abortion ban, decimating access to essential health care.
"Lawmakers are grasping at straws to join this conservative bandwagon of taking away people's rights," said Andi Curry Grubb, State Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska said. "It's unacceptable. We want to make sure lawmakers hear and know how many Nebraskans oppose this."
Read more about the legislative process of passing the ban at AP. Read more about the devastating impacts of the bans at KMTV.
SOUTH CAROLINA BEGINS SPECIAL SESSION TO BAN ABORTION: Today, South Carolina will begin its special legislative session, called for by Gov. McMaster last Thursday after legislators failed to pass an abortion ban during the regular legislative session. Anti-abortion politicians in the state are wasting taxpayer dollars and resources to take away people’s rights, fast-tracking a highly restrictive six-week abortion ban that is even more extreme than the ban struck down by the state Supreme Court earlier this year. The House is set to debate the bill this week before sending the bill to the Senate for concurrence.
“The fact that anti-abortion legislators are again resorting to wasting more taxpayer money on yet another special session to ram through a dangerous abortion ban truly shows how extreme our leaders have become,” said Vicki Ringer, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. “Lawmakers are obsessed with controlling the decisions and bodies of women in this state while ignoring soaring rates of maternal and infant mortality and economic insecurity.”
Read more at AP.
APPEALS COURT PANEL MAINTAINS ACA PREVENTIVE CARE COVERAGE WHILE LITIGATION CONTINUES: Yesterday, a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued an administrative stay, maintaining the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) free preventive care provision as litigation continues in Braidwood v. Becerra. In March, a federal district court in Texas ruled that the ACA may not mandate that insurers fully cover a number of preventive services, a major blow to health care access for millions. The Fifth Circuit panel will hear oral arguments in the case in the coming months.
Read more from Bloomberg Law.
PP APPLAUDS REINTRO OF BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH MOMNIBUS ACT: Yesterday, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus reintroduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, a comprehensive bill package to end racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes and address the alarming maternal health crisis.
“Systemic racism in health care disproportionately impacts Black women and communities, too often with devastating and preventable consequences,” PPFA President Alexis McGill Johnson said. “Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, this crisis has only heightened across the country, as lawmakers hostile to our rights have put essential health care out of reach for millions. Congress must act now to pass these urgently-needed policies to improve maternal health, advance equity, and support Black mothers, our families, and our communities.“
RUNNING SCARED: On Sunday, MSNBC’s Jen Psaki covered the Republican primary contender’s desperate rhetorical flip flops and rhetorical gymnastics when talking about abortion – despite a clear and consistent anti-abortion agenda. Psaki showed clips of candidates then and now, with the recent clips featuring the candidates suddenly scared to vocalize their extreme views.
Psaki said it best: If you’re out there asking yourself, ‘Why all these murky, confusing responses?’ The answer is abortion is a losing issue for Republicans. And they know it. Guess what? People don’t like their rights being taken away.