September 29 – October 5 Weekly News Round Up

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

By Tess Koenigsmark

The obvious big news this week is the federal government shutdown. Among its multiple attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act  by holding the government hostage, House Republicans voted to allow employers and insurance companies to deny women coverage for preventive healthcare if they have a moral objection. The moral objection only applied to women’s preventive healthcare. Remind me again how that whole “war on women” is a conspiracy?

The government shutdown may affect many social service programs in Connecticut that rely on federal funds.

Connecticut’s healthcare exchange, Access Health CT, is up and running.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will begin relocating inmates from a Danbury women’s prison, despite protests from U.S. Senators and prison justice advocates that the move will make it impossible for many women to see their families.

Connecticut motorists stopped by police will now receive a card with information on how to file a complaint if they believe they have been racially profiled.  Officers will also have to record information on each person they stop, such as age, race, and gender. The new law is meant to track racial profiling.

A new report discussed in a Connecticut legislative hearing Thursday raises questions about how affordable the University of Connecticut truly is. UConn President Susan Herbst spoke at the hearing in defense of UConn’s affordability, as did six UConn students who accompanied her. While it’s Herbst’ job to defend UConn, parading around six students fortunate enough to attend UConn without any financial barriers seems insensitive to the many students struggling with the university’s rising costs.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women has filed a federal lawsuit to demand the release of a pregnant Wisconsin woman who has been arrested and detained for admitting to prior drug use. The lawsuit will be the first to challenge the constitutionality of state laws that allow pregnant women to be arrested for alcohol or drug abuse.

An interesting piece from Black Girl Dangerous, are “allies” out?

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