Overview of reproduction
Good stuff: Last week, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek signed a legal protection for transgender medical and abortion care. Oregon Capital Chronicle reporter Ben Botkin explains:
A 2002 House bill was Oregon’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of last year’s Roe v. Wade case, making Oregon one of the states with the strongest reproductive health rights in the nation. Conservative- and Republican-majority states passed abortion laws as the front lines of the battle for access to reproductive health care moved from the Supreme Court to state capitols across the country.
“A patchwork abortion ban across the country puts people’s lives at risk and disproportionately harms those on limited incomes and those who are marginalized,” Kotek said. “Oregon is not immune to these attacks. It targets access to life-saving healthcare for non-binary individuals.”
Moderate to Moderate People: This headline made me laugh out loud, wondering what kids are saying these days. Mississippi today “Mississippi politicians seem afraid to let people vote on abortion like they do in other states,” the report said. This has been a consistent topic in this newsletter. When abortion is brought directly to voters through ballots, voters are supporting abortion rights. Mississippi, of course, has a unique history of having problems that conservative leadership deems “challenges.” In 2011, the state submitted a ballot initiative seeking to legally define human life as beginning at the moment of conception. It was… a failure by a very large margin. More than a decade later, it’s hard to imagine the same scenario playing out so differently.
Fucking Ugly: The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a case challenging the state’s near-total abortion ban. The Associated Press reports:
The refusal of a rehearing means the ban will take effect as soon as the June 30 ruling upholding the ban is upheld, and the process is expected to take several days, court spokesman Kathryn Dolan said. said in an email to the news media.
The state Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the abortion ban does not violate the Indiana state constitution. That removes a major hurdle to enforcing the ban Republicans approved last summer, ahead of a string of restrictions by Conservative states following the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
In Monday’s 4-1 ruling, the Supreme Court reaffirmed an order that found family planning and other health care providers “fail to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success” in challenging abortion restrictions. .
Abortion is essentially inaccessible in Indiana, but abortion rights advocates are appealing the court’s initial ruling upholding the ban. As we previously reported in this newsletter, all six of her clinics in Indiana closed her practice at the end of July.