Keeping Score: Rep. Ernst Blocks Birth Control Access Bill; Democrats Urge Biden to Extend Student Loan Pause; Amelia Earhart Statue Unveiled in U.S. Capitol


In each subject of Ms., we observe analysis on our progress within the struggle for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and preserve tabs on the feminist motion’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score on-line, too—in on this biweekly round-up.

Lest We Overlook

“This can be a game-changer for younger folks like me. College well being facilities already present entry to contraception and types of contraception on campus, to over 150,000 college students within the commonwealth. It’s each proper and smart for these well being facilities to additionally supply treatment abortion, and it eliminates the necessity for college students, usually positioned in abortion deserts, to journey far distances to entry care.”

—Youth organizer Sarah Fitzgibbons on the passage of new bill that can strengthen entry to treatment abortion on Massachusetts school campuses.

“I had the consideration this time period of writing the one Supreme Courtroom choice within the historical past of that establishment that has been lambasted by a complete string of international leaders.”

—Supreme Courtroom Justice Samuel Alito, writer of the ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, in a speech for Notre Dame Law School defending spiritual liberty.

An abortion rights activist in entrance of the U.S. Supreme Courtroom in response to the leaked Supreme Courtroom draft choice to overturn Roe v. Wade on Might 3, 2022. (Alex Wong / Getty Pictures)

“For over two years, the Division has offered important flexibility to tens of millions of federal scholar mortgage debtors by pausing funds, as many have struggled throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This a lot wanted pause has helped many debtors to maintain a roof over their heads, safe childcare, and buy meals, well being care, and drugs throughout the course of a pandemic chargeable for the deaths of greater than 1 million folks within the U.S. … Resuming scholar mortgage funds would power tens of millions of debtors to decide on between paying their federal scholar loans or placing a roof over their heads, meals on the desk, or paying for childcare and well being care whereas prices proceed to rise and whereas one more COVID-19 variant will increase hospitalizations nationwide.”

A letter to President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona signed by greater than 100 congressional Democrats, urging the administration to increase the federal pause on scholar mortgage funds.

“This excessive ban rooted in white supremacy … will disproportionately damage Black ladies—who in Georgia are greater than twice as possible as white ladies to die from being pregnant problems. We’re dedicated to our imaginative and prescient for reproductive justice for Georgians, wherein everybody together with queer, trans and low-income folks all have the liberty to resolve to have youngsters, to not have youngsters, and to lift the households they’ve in thriving communities.”

—Monica Simpson, government director of SisterSong Ladies of Colour Reproductive Justice Collective, on a lawsuit that activists filed in Georgia to problem the state’s six-week abortion ban.

“We all know that within the wake of Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being, People will likely be denied entry to important well being care providers throughout the US; nonetheless, the repercussions additionally transcend our borders. This disastrous choice will likely be felt all over the world, setting again many nations who’ve lengthy used Roe v. Wade as the premise to strengthen abortion rights protections in their very own nations. We should take speedy motion to mitigate the worldwide affect of this choice.”

—Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on introducing the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act, which might repeal the Helms Amendments to allow the usage of U.S. international help for abortion care.


+ The Defend Sexual and Reproductive Well being Act, introduced by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), would create reproductive well being assist by way of the Division of Well being and Human Companies. A brand new workplace could be established to fund reproductive care and training.

“This invoice speaks to that complete have a look at sexual reproductive healthcare providers,” Bush said. “So, on this house of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, we have to see speedy, tangible options to alleviate these new burdens.”

+ WNBA participant Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in Russian jail for drug smuggling on Thursday, Aug. 4. American officers advised a prisoner change to barter her launch, although neither they nor Griner’s attorneys have succeeded in interesting Russia’s choice. Griner was carrying lower than a gram of hashish oil when she was arrested within the Moscow airport in February.

+ Senate Democrats handed their signature local weather, tax and healthcare package deal Sunday afternoon, and it heads to the president’s desk. The congressional motion, targeted on clear power and decreased healthcare prices, stemmed from an agreement between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The $433 billion measure could be paid for by tax adjustments, anticipated to lift $739 billion over 10 years.

“After greater than a yr of onerous work, the Senate is making historical past,” Schumer stated shortly earlier than closing passage. “This invoice will kickstart the period of inexpensive clear power in America … and it’s been a very long time coming.”

+ As of Wednesday, July 27, commercials aired on Hulu can contain political messaging, together with on weapons and abortion. The streaming platform’s pointers had beforehand differed from Disney’s cable networks, which allowed candidate and issue-based advertisements.

+ A statue of Amelia Earhart is the eleventh statue of a lady within the Nationwide Statuary Corridor, honoring the primary girl to pilot a airplane throughout the Atlantic.

+ Presently, ladies make up about 16 % of company board members in Hong Kong. A new rule, nonetheless, would require each board to incorporate at the very least one director of the non-majority gender inside three years, and can create 1,300 director positions for girls by the tip of 2024.

+ Amidst devastating battle in Ukraine, human traffickers are more and more focusing on refugee ladies and youngsters for sexual exploitation. The Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe and Thomson Reuters initiated a brand new “Be Safe” campaign to coach at-risk refugees and supply assets for these searching for assist.

+ After the Home handed the Proper to Contraception Act to enshrine a federal proper to contraception entry, Senate Republican Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) blocked the legislation.

“My Republican colleagues are adamant in dragging this nation again to a time when ladies had little or no autonomy over their selections,” co-sponsor Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) stated.

+ Alt-right Infowars host Alex Jones was ordered to pay $45.2 million by a Texas jury after he unfold lies that oldsters of the Sandy Hook faculty capturing victims staged the tragedy as a part of a authorities scheme.

How We’re Doing

+ A ballot by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote found that the majority of AAPI voters surveyed, 60 %, had by no means been contacted by the Republican Social gathering, and 52 % hadn’t been contacted by Democrats.

“[The parties] are leaving out people who find themselves truly all in favour of voting, however they aren’t actually getting the knowledge and being engaged,” APIA Vote government director Chen stated.

+ Extra ladies are operating for Senate and gubernatorial seats within the 2022 midterms than in any earlier election, in accordance with the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). There are additionally a file variety of Republican ladies candidates operating for governor or Congress, though barely fewer ladies are operating in Home races or as Democrats.

Transgender and non-binary candidates are additionally breaking information in 2022, with 55 transgender candidates on the poll and along with 20 gender non-conforming, 18 non-binary and 4 Two-Spirit candidates. Over a thousand LGBTQ+ candidates are operating for workplace this yr as of July, the Victory Fund reported.

+ As of July 24—one month after Roe v. Wade was overturned—clinics had shut down their abortion services in 11 states that had banned or restricted the process, together with Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Texas. Extra states reminiscent of Kentucky and Florida have restricted abortion after 15 weeks, and 26 whole states are anticipated to ultimately ban abortion.

Abortion advocates outdoors the Pennsylvania Capitol constructing on Might 4, 2022, the day after the leaked draft of Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being signaled the tip of Roe. Inside, abortion advocates met with Gov. Tom Wolf (D-Pa.) to debate the way forward for reproductive well being entry. (Tom Wolf / Flickr)

+ Of people murdered by U.S. police since 2015, 2,500 (nearly one-third) had been fleeing.

“There are dangerous apples in police departments, and if we simply charged or fired these significantly dangerous officers, we may save lives and cease police violence. This information reveals that that is a lot larger than any particular person officer,” information scientist and founding father of Mapping Police Violence Samuel Sinyangwe said.

+ “States which have banned abortion, or are anticipated to, have among the many nation’s weakest social providers for girls and youngsters, and have increased charges of demise for infants and moms,” the New York Times reported, citing their evaluation which discovered that these 24 states have increased charges of maternal mortality, teen births and uninsured ladies and youngsters.

U.S. democracy is at a harmful inflection level—from the demise of abortion rights, to an absence of pay fairness and parental go away, to skyrocketing maternal mortality, and assaults on trans well being. Left unchecked, these crises will result in wider gaps in political participation and illustration. For 50 years, Ms. has been forging feminist journalism—reporting, rebelling and truth-telling from the front-lines, championing the Equal Rights Modification, and centering the tales of these most impacted. With all that’s at stake for equality, we’re redoubling our dedication for the following 50 years. In flip, we’d like your assist, Support Ms. today with a donation—any amount that is meaningful to you. For as little as $5 each month, you’ll obtain the print journal together with our e-newsletters, motion alerts, and invites to Ms. Studios occasions and podcasts. We’re grateful in your loyalty and ferocity.

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