The morning after Election Day, conservative candidates across the country woke up to find themselves the beneficiaries of an historic national wave of voter anger over the state of the economy and record unemployment. Yet in the first few weeks after this clear voter statement of frustration over the economy, conservative state lawmakers across the fifty states are already making it clear that their legislative priorities next year will include pushing a divisive social agenda - an agenda that remained largely hidden during the campaign.
TRENTON — Saying “the state
simply cannot fund every worthy program,” Gov. Chris Christie today
vetoed a bill that would have restored $7.5 million for family planning
clinics that provide birth control and health screenings to thousands of
Christie also cited budget woes to veto measures creating a $100
million home buyer tax credit program and shifting $24.6 million from
the hospital charity care fund to enroll 39,000 working poor parents in
the FamilyCare health insurance plan.
A. Hoffmann, a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, is
like many Republicans who hope the federal health care law is
overturned. But just in case it’s not, he helped shepherd legislation
signed by Governor Bobby Jindal last week that will ban abortion
coverage from the one-stop “health exchange” that his state is legally
required to create by 2014.
Midwives and their supporters in New York have occasion to cheer
these days. A few nights ago, the legislature approved the Midwifery
Modernization Act, which removed requirements for midwives to have
written practice agreements with doctors and/or hospitals. Despite
opposition from the American
Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the bill now awaits
the signature of Governor David Paterson. Let’s listen in on a few of
the celebrations ”¦
Recent laws in Nebraska and Oklahoma highlight how a number of right-wing state leaders are attacking women's reproductive freedom. These bills range from replacing the viability standard established by the U.S. Supreme Court, to forcing women to watch an ultrasound as their doctors explain the status of the fetus, to precluding women from suing their doctors if the latter misinforms women of the well-being of their fetuses.