Keeping Score: Young and Minority Americans Feel Unsafe at Polls; Students Say Abortion Laws Will Affect College Decisions; Lawmakers Advance Menstrual Equity


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

Lest We Overlook

“Supreme Courtroom justices are threatening to undo a long time of progress within the type of limiting rights to contraception, homosexual and interracial marriage, racial segregation in colleges, and tax {dollars} in the direction of religions that many don’t observe. … We the youth are the frontlines of this battle in opposition to a political system that’s slowly writing our loss of life sentence.”

—Scholar activist Anna Pham at a current rally for abortion organized by The Feminist Entrance and Technology Ratify.

The extremist lawmakers who pressured this invoice by means of a particular session clearly couldn’t care much less about what their constituents need or want. It’s appalling that they’re going to those lengths to dam folks from accessing abortion care, and they need to be ashamed of themselves. Governor Holcomb has an opportunity to veto this laws and defend reproductive freedom for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers—he ought to take it.

—NARAL Professional-Alternative America President Mini Timmaraju in a statement on the passage of an Indiana invoice banning abortion in opposition to residents’ majority will.

Abortion rights activists within the Indiana Senate throughout a particular session to ban abortion rights within the wake of the U.S. Supreme Courtroom ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Gov. Holcomb signed the invoice into regulation. (Jeremy Hogan / SOPA Pictures / LightRocket through Getty Pictures)

“To be frank, we’re liable for some fairly dramatic, fairly public errors, from testing to knowledge to communications. … For 75 years, CDC and public well being have been making ready for COVID-19, and in our huge second, our efficiency didn’t reliably meet expectations. As a long-time admirer of this company and a champion for public well being, I would like us all to do higher.”

—CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in public statements on her company’s dealing with of the COVID-19, and now monkeypox, pandemics within the U.S.

“The voters of Kansas despatched a strong sign that this fall the American folks will vote to protect and defend the rights, and refuse to allow them to be ripped away by politicians. … If Congress fails to behave, the folks of this nation have to elect senators and representatives who will restore Roe and defend the appropriate to privateness, freedom and equality.”

—President Joe Biden in a statement on Kansas voters’ decision to guard abortion rights within the state’s structure.

“With the curbing of reproductive rights, it’s not solely mandatory to seek out authorized options to guard marginalized communities, however it’s important to coach and inform audiences about these subjects. Leisure has a novel means to achieve viewers and supply that schooling. Our aim is to light up what number of alternatives there are to make use of storytelling as a software to broaden the dialog and create substantial perspective and coverage change.”

—Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder Stacy L. Smith on the program’s decision to give attention to reproductive well being, marriage equality, violence and different political subjects in movie.


+ A bill signed by Colorado governor Jared Polis (D) eliminates gross sales taxes on menstrual merchandise and diapers within the state, efficient Wednesday, Aug. 10. This regulation is predicted to lower the $15 month-to-month common spent by menstruating people on interval merchandise, and $75 spent by households on diapers.

One in 5 teenagers wrestle to afford menstrual merchandise or usually are not in a position to buy them in any respect. (Becker1999 / Inventive Commons)

+ In Scotland, lawmakers handed the Interval Merchandise invoice to make free menstrual products available in public restrooms, akin to in colleges and libraries.

+ President Biden’s Justice Division filed a lawsuit in opposition to Idaho for the state’s new regulation banning nearly all abortions. “The regulation locations medical professionals in an unattainable state of affairs. They have to both withhold stabilizing therapy … or threat felony prosecution and license revocation. The regulation will chill suppliers’ willingness to carry out abortions in emergency conditions and can damage sufferers by blocking entry to medically mandatory well being care,” affiliate lawyer common Vanita Gupta said.

In response to the lawsuit from the Justice Division, a federal choose in Idaho on Wednesday blocked a part of the anti-abortion regulation, set to take impact the subsequent day, that criminalizes performing an abortion when a affected person’s well being or life is at stake. This now-blocked provision would have allowed authorities to arrest any healthcare skilled who carried out an abortion. The near-total abortion ban, nevertheless, nonetheless took impact.

+ Incumbent Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) lost in the Wyoming Republican primary on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Consequently, solely two Home Republicans who voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment stay candidates within the upcoming November midterms, with 4 having misplaced their primaries and 4 retiring.

+ A tax and climate law signed by President Biden will set up a 15 p.c minimal tax charge for firms with annual earnings increased than $1 billion. It additionally allocates $369 billion to fight local weather change and $64 billion to lower medical insurance prices below the Inexpensive Care Act.

+ Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday, Aug. 16 to make Pennsylvania the twenty seventh state the place conversion remedy is restricted. Such establishments are banned from utilizing state funds, and state companies are suggested to discourage such applications.

“Conversion remedy is a traumatic observe primarily based on junk science that actively harms the folks it supposedly seeks to deal with,” Wolf stated.

+ Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced laws—the Firearm Trade Equity Act and Firearm Trade Crime and Trafficking Accountability Act—to tax AR-style rifle producers by 20 p.c, and require them to maintain monitor of crimes dedicated with their weapons.

How We’re Doing

+ The Nationwide Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) discovered that billions of {dollars} are funneled into disaster being pregnant facilities (CPCs), which outnumber abortion clinics three to 1 and dispense medical misinformation to pregnant folks. CPC teams obtain 5 occasions as a lot basis funding ($278 million) as abortion clinics.

Abortion rights supporters and anti-abortion demonstrators outdoors of a Deliberate Parenthood abortion clinic, on June 4, 2022, in New York Metropolis. Over 2,500 CPCs blanket the U.S.—triple the variety of abortion clinics. (Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis through Getty Pictures)

+ After the Supreme Courtroom overturned federal abortion protections, 1 / 4 of potential school college students stated state abortion legal guidelines will affect where they apply. Twenty-six p.c “will solely contemplate attending school in a state the place abortion is authorized,” and amongst girls, that quantity reached 31 p.c.

+ Solely 28 p.c of Black People, 37 p.c of Hispanic People and 26 p.c of Gen Z really feel protected at polling areas, as in contrast with 47 p.c of white People and Boomers. The poll, commissioned by the World Venture Towards Hate and Extremism (GPAHE), raises issues relating to security’s affect on civic engagement.

+ Misinformation campaigns surrounding abortion tablet reversal have earned Fb tens of 1000’s of {dollars} in advert income, in keeping with Media Matters for America. The advertisements have racked up hundreds of thousands of views, though they violate the businesses well being misinformation tips.

+ Younger LGBQ adults’ psychological well being is way worse than older LGBQ folks’s, in keeping with analysis by UCLA College of Legislation’s Williams Institute. They reported excessive ranges of “psychological misery,” and bisexual folks have been particularly more likely to report drug abuse and low happiness.

“We anticipated that the rise in social acceptance for LGBQ folks over the previous decade would lead to extra constructive psychological well being indicators for youthful LGBQ folks, however the outcomes are blended,” co-author Ilan H. Meyer stated. “Regardless of social adjustments, younger LGBQ folks proceed to expertise irritating experiences associated to their sexual minority standing, which, in flip, results in opposed psychological well being.”

U.S. democracy is at a harmful inflection level—from the demise of abortion rights, to a scarcity of pay fairness and parental depart, 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 subsequent 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 to your loyalty and ferocity.

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