August 4-11 Weekly News Round Up

Weekly News Roundup

A roundup of current news story on the state and national level, with a focus on feminist issues

Connecticut has approved insurance rates for its healthcare exchange, Access Health CT. Enrollment in the exchange will begin in October, and is part of the Affordable Care Act.  Created with uninsured or underinsured individuals, families, or small business owners in mind, the exchange is expected to offer insurance at more affordable rates than previously available.

Another much discussed benefit of the Affordable Care Act is no co-pays on birth control. If you’ve already benefited from this change, continue on your merry, protected way! But if you’re wondering why your plan has yet to get with it, Jezebel has you covered.

While the Affordable Care Act brings many improvements to healthcare for women, these benefits are not available to undocumented women and immigration reform could actually worsen the situation.  Failing to address healthcare for undocumented immigrants leaves a gaping hole in a healthcare plan that seeks to reduce healthcare costs by insuring more people.

The federal government is planning to transfer inmates at a women’s prison in Danbury, Connecticut to a prison in Alabama. A group of senators, including CT Senator Chris Murphy, have questioned the transfer. They rightly point out that the move would unfairly punish the women and their families.

Bei Bei Shuai, an Indiana woman charged with murder and incarcerated for attempting to commit suicide while pregnant, has finally seen the end of her legal struggles. Shuai’s case is a tragic but illuminating example of the persecution pregnant women will continue to face when our laws value fetuses over women.

 NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has released audio recordings from their undercover investigations into Virginia crisis pregnancy centers (commonly called CPCs). This is not the first time CPCs have been exposed for what they are – religiously funded organizations masquerading as medical centers that use scare tactics to keep young, pregnant women from accessing all of their medical options. However, NARAL managed to record such an impressive array of misinformation and outright lies (right wing conspiracies about condoms ahead!) that it’s worth a listen. More background info on CPCs here.

The Dream Defenders, a group of protesters occupying the Florida capitol in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, have yet to go home. Now, they’ve announced a massive voter drive meant to counteract Governor Rick Scott’s voter purge.

To end on a lighter note, watch this badass Texas woman refuse to back down after being told breastfeeding her infant in a recreation center is inappropriate. I could delve into all the reasons why this is so wrong (I mean, a rec center? Those are made for families!), but this fierce mother has it under control.

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