LPJL Daily Takedown – June 28th, 2017

The BCRA is B-CRAP

SHITTY AND SHITTIER: The Senate’s “healthcare” bill is actually worse for birth control than the crap-fest House bill! Under Obamacare, health plans must cover contraceptive services without a co-pay. Both the House and Senate bills make birth control more expensive and inaccessible by defunding Planned Parenthood. But the Senate bill also allows states to decide if birth control is even covered! And you can guess what types of “birth control” will be covered in Missouri—abstinence and prayer! Good news & Bad news: The Senate bill is currently stalled—while lawmakers try to make it even worse!

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The Frontiers of Anti-Choice Lawmakers are Getting Checked In Alaska

CHILL OUT, ALASKA! A lawsuit from Planned Parenthood has finally forced ALASKA to change the cold way it treats those seeking abortions after the first trimester. The state will no longer require a second doctor to get involved in abortions after 12 weeks. And it dropped the TRAPPY rule that blood and an operating room “appropriately staffed and equipped for major surgery” be ready for ANY abortion after the first trimester. Change may come at a glacial pace in Alaska, but at least the long night might be over!

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Spokane Public Schools Might Have a Change of Heartlessness on Sex Ed.

THE FACTS OF STRIFE: Conservative Uter-orcs in Spokane, Washington are trying to shit-can a progressive sex ed curriculum because it was developed with input from Planned Parenthood, because it mentions sex, oh, and BECAUSE JESUS. And they’re not too happy that the curriculum includes LGBTQ issues. One said the new plan would mean that “teachers with religious convictions about male-female roles and differences” could be forced to stifle their bigotry (paraphrasing.) Washington is a great, progressive state, but there are still pockets of douchebaggery. What’s in your state’s pockets?

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Ohio Tri-Masters of None Just Passed Yet Another Fucked Up Anti-choice Bill

COSTUME DRAMA in OHIO: It’s the HANDMAIDS vs. the MaNMAIDS! A bill to ban the safest and most common procedure used in abortions after the first trimester has been sent by an Ohio Senate committee to the full Senate… but not before the committee room hosted a RUNWAY CHALLENGE! Anti-choice forces (mostly male) occupied the front row, smartly decked out in fetus t-shirts, the traditional fashion choice of the intolerant. But the back of the room was lined with pro-choice fashionistas in the very latest VAG POWER accoutrements—HANDMAID’S TALE costumes! SASSY! The anti-choice forces got their bill passed, but pro-choice advocates definitely looked better.

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VAGICAL UPDATE!

YESTERDAY – First stop, deliver some lunch and some LOVE to Family Planning Associates in Chicago!

Second stop, VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR AT METRO!

Ask anyone how last night’s show went in the Windy City last night and we will bet money they’d say they were BLOWN AWAY! Dina Nina Martinez did a kick-ass job hosting Joyelle Johnson, Leah Bonnema, Lizz Winstead, Alonzo Bodden & Recording Artist K’Valentine!

Lizz wrapped up last night’s show moderating a SPECTACULAR talkback with special guests Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Carrie Mathos, and Dr. Willie Parker!

Next Stop: ST LOUIS, MISSOURI!

The Press is falling in LOVE with the Vagical Mystery Tour. Check out what everyone’s saying about the hottest Resistance Comedy Tour in the country!

An Interview with Lizz Winstead and Things You Can Do to Help RIGHT NOW

On the ‘Vagical Mystery Tour’ with Lizz Winstead

How A Comedy Tour Is Helping Women Retain Their Reproductive Rights

 

WASHINGTON (STATE) IS NO LONGER BROKEN

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A judge has ruled that public hospitals in Washington state cannot outsource abortion services in order to mollify female-phobic employees who don’t want to be associated with what they consider the scourge of abortion.

The ruling is a victory for people who don’t want to see abortion access denied by unyielding anti-abortion dead-enders even in states that have relatively far-sighted rules about abortion.

In general, the state of Washington has pretty rational and reasonable abortion policies. (That’s often the case when a state is not Texas.) Washington does not have most of the heavy-handed abortion restrictions that many other states have, such as mandatory waiting periods, ultrasounds, parental involvement, or bans on publicly funded abortions.

In fact, the state’s Reproductive Privacy Act requires that all public hospitals that offer maternity care must offer abortions. But Skagit Valley Hospital said that none of their staff members were willing to provide abortions, so they simply referred patients to Planned Parenthood. The hospital was essentially outsourcing a procedure that is a Constitutional right–and one that they are mandated under state law to provide.

Washington law does allow individual healthcare providers to opt out of performing abortions, but this new ruling says that doesn’t mean the entire hospital is allowed to refuse to provide abortions. And now they can’t claim they’re following the law by just telling their patients to go somewhere else.

The case was brought by the ACLU, who sued Skagit Valley Hospital for not complying with the law. ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri said “Today’s decision is a huge victory for women seeking access to abortion, and we hope it will serve as an example for hospitals throughout the country.”

Skagit Valley Hospital claims they’re in a catch-22 situation because state non-discrimination laws say the hospital can’t require their individual staff members to provide abortions, and they can’t make a willingness to provide abortions a job requirement for new hires. Maybe they should look into hiring some of the providers that they’ve been outsourcing their abortion services to.