Protecting Rating: Governors Band Collectively to Assist Abortion; Anti-Abortion Advertisements Goal Low-Revenue Girls

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Lest We Overlook

“The precise of each lady in each state on this nation to make selections about her personal physique is on the road. And I’ve stated it earlier than, and I’ll say it once more: How dare they? …

“Allow us to ask, can we actually be free if a girl can’t make selections about her personal physique? Can we actually be free if a health care provider can’t take care of her sufferers? Can we actually be free if households can’t make intimate selections concerning the course of their very own lives?”

—Vice President Kamala Harris speaking in Tallahassee, Fla.—the place abortion rights and reproductive justice are underneath assault—on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“Analysis reveals that transgender, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and nonbinary youths are victimized on the highest charges, that means that teen courting violence disproportionately impacts among the most susceptible younger folks in our nation. It’s the job of adults and people of us within the justice system to do all the things we will to guard these teenagers and information them towards wholesome relationships. …

“As a mom of two boys—one teenager and one not far behind—I see on a private stage the world children right now face. I attempt to impart to them the talents and empathy to navigate it—and, importantly, I hear. It’s younger people who find themselves finest outfitted to grasp their lived realities, and it’s they who should lead. That’s the reason in right now’s program we’re centering the voices of youth leaders.”

—Affiliate Legal professional Basic Vanita Gupta in a press release on Teen Relationship Violence Consciousness Month, a good by the Workplace on Violence In opposition to Girls.

Attendee: Are you excited about what to do about abortion capsules? Would you prefer to ban these?

Pence: To me, it’s … I’m pro-life, and I believe that’s an actual challenge and it’s actually harmful. Actually harmful.

Attendee: I believe you may ban them although, don’t you assume?

Pence: Uh you may, and we have to. We have to.

—Mike Pence answering questions relating to the banning of medicine abortion—the commonest type of fashionable abortion process—at a e book signing occasion in Houston, Texas.

“… the Occasions has lately handled gender variety with an eerily acquainted mixture of pseudoscience and euphemistic, charged language, whereas publishing reporting on trans kids that omits related details about its sources. …

“A few of us are trans, non⁠-⁠binary or gender nonconforming, and we resent the truth that our work, however not our individual, is sweet sufficient for the paper of report. A few of us are cis, and we now have seen these we love uncover and battle for his or her true selves, usually swimming upstream in opposition to currents of bigotry and pseudoscience fomented by the sort of protection we right here protest.”

—An open letter from greater than 170 of the New York Occasions’ contributors—each cisgender and transgender—relating to the platform’s protection of gender-affirming take care of trans minors, and of transgender points usually.


+ A fatal mass shooting at Michigan State College on Monday, Feb. 13, killed three college students and injured 5 others, devastating college students and employees on the Lansing, Mich., campus.

“One thing so traumatic is devastating it doesn’t matter what age you’re,” said senior Jackie Matthews, who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary College taking pictures a decade prior.

A memorial on the MSU Union constructing is proven on Feb. 20, the day Michigan State College college students returned to lessons for the primary time for the reason that Feb. 13 mass taking pictures. (Invoice Pugliano / Getty Photos)

+ Twenty Democratic governors introduced a coalition in support of abortion rights on Tuesday, Feb. 21, pledging to protect their states from assaults on reproductive freedom. The alliance contains California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who spearheaded the initiative, in addition to the governors of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, each of which have Republican-majority legislatures.

“As governors representing almost 170 million folks throughout each area of the nation, we’re standing with all individuals who consider in reproductive freedom and well being care. … Within the final yr alone, over 36 million girls have misplaced entry to vital well being care with the overturning of Roe v. Wade,” the governors wrote in a press release saying the coalition.

+ Federal choose Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee in Texas, has the ability to ban use of mifepristone, a broadly used abortion medicine, in a case challenging the FDA’s 20-year-old approval of the drug.

“That call left the choice about abortion as much as the states,” Jenny Ma, a senior counsel with the Middle for Reproductive Rights, said relating to the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group. “However this could be one courtroom in Texas deciding whether or not or not medicine abortion could possibly be allowed throughout this nation, even in states which have protected abortion for the reason that Dobbs determination.”

+ Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who at age 89 has served within the Senate longer than any lady in U.S. historical past, introduced she will be retiring in 2024 after greater than 30 years representing California within the Senate. She said she intends to “accomplish as a lot for California as I can by the tip of subsequent yr, when my time period ends.”

+ All 49 awards on the 2023 BAFTAs on Sunday, Feb. 19 had been given to white recipients, regardless of almost 40 p.c of nominees being folks of colour.

+ Beyoncé broke a record at the 2023 Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 5, making historical past with probably the most Grammy awards of any musician: 32.

How We’re Doing

+ Analysis by the Tech Transparency Mission discovered that Google adverts for anti-abortion “disaster being pregnant facilities” disproportionately reach low-income women in Atlanta, Miami and Phoenix, the place knowledge was collected. When coming into related search phrases in Phoenix, disaster being pregnant facilities comprised over half (56 p.c) of the adverts proven to low- and moderate-income girls, as in comparison with solely 7 p.c of the adverts proven to high-income customers.

“By pointing low-income girls to [crisis pregnancy centers] extra continuously than higher-income girls in states with restrictive legal guidelines, Google could delay these girls from discovering an precise abortion clinic to get a authorized and secure abortion,” Tech Transparency Mission director Katie Paul said.

+ A study of 2 million births in California discovered that not solely is mortality dramatically larger amongst Black infants, however earnings can also be not protecting for Black pregnancies in the identical manner it’s for white ones.

(The New York Times)

The analysis suggests even worse disparities in different components of the nation that shouldn’t have the identical household depart and insurance coverage assist packages geared toward maternal mortality as California. Nonetheless, different rich nations comparable to Sweden are doing much better on the subject of decreasing preterm start and low start weight.

+ Greater than three-in-four U.S. Ok-12 lecturers are girls, however girls are drastically underrepresented amongst superintendents. Lower than 1 / 4 of superintendents—and solely 54 p.c of rules—are girls.

“Girls are extra hesitant to pursue the function till they really feel like they’re completely ready for the function with each potential expertise,” former superintendent and head of Chiefs for Change’s Girls in Management initiative Barbara Jenkins said. “Males, then again, are anxious sufficient to maneuver ahead and apply in the event that they have already got or possess about 50 p.c of the talents.”

+ Dissatisfaction with abortion policy is the best it’s been in over 20 years. For the primary time in Gallup’s 23-year monitoring of abortion coverage sentiments within the U.S., 69 percent of adults are dissatisfied with abortion legal guidelines. Of those that are dissatisfied, three-in-four need to loosen abortion restrictions.


+ A minimum of 1,192 murders—comprising almost 5 percent of all homicides within the U.S. in 2022—had been dedicated by cops final yr. The proportion was even larger in some cities, comparable to Vallejo, California, the place police dedicated 30 p.c of the town’s murders in 2012.

“There’s a variety of worry, with mass shootings and gun violence usually, that some stranger will present up wherever you’re and kill you,” Mapping Police Violence founder Samuel Sinyangwe stated. “However police contribute a big half to these numbers.”

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