Advocates highlight effort to block D.C. law banning discrimination based on birth control, abortion decisions

By Jenna Portnoy

Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate warned House members that they will closely monitor votes on a measure to block a District law that says employers cannot discriminate against workers based on their reproductive health decisions.

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) last month filed an amendment to the House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018, to prevent the District from using funds to carry out the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act.

The House is expected to pass the measure late Wednesday, but it must still clear the Senate and be signed by President Trump before it can take effect.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America — as well as the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State — urged lawmakers to oppose Palmer’s amendment.

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  1. @OP- Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate warned House members that they will closely monitor votes on a measure to block a District law that says employers cannot discriminate against workers based on their reproductive health decisions.

    Since when were there only “two sides” to the abortion debate?

    I recognise that there is the ignorant bigots’ side, and the educated medical side, but within the educated medical side, there is a diversity of views about various details- (as is reflected in the diversity of evidence based legal requirements and ethical codes of conduct in different countries)!

  2. Meanwhile – the Irish in their tens of thousands, are pressing to throw off the tyranny of Catholic dogma!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41452712

    Tens of thousands of people have marched through Dublin to demand change to the Republic of Ireland’s abortion laws.

    The March for Choice is the first major demonstration since the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar said he wanted to hold a referendum on abortion next summer.

    The country’s abortion laws are some of the strictest in Europe.

    Terminations are only allowed when the mother’s life is in danger.

    The Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, introduced in 1983, gives an equal right to life to a pregnant woman and an unborn child.

    However, thousands of women a year go abroad to have an abortion. The maximum penalty for accessing an illegal abortion in Ireland is 14 years in prison.

    Campaigners gathered at Parnell Square in the city on Saturday afternoon.

    They made their way through the city to the gates of the Irish parliament.

    Anti-abortion activists staged counter events in the city and across Ireland to warn against relaxation of the current law.

    A pro-choice rally was also staged outside the Irish Embassy in London on Saturday, with campaigners highlighting the numbers of Irish women who have travelled to the UK for an abortion in the last three decades.

    The Irish government has set up a parliamentary body to advise on the wording for the referendum.

  3. @OP – Advocates highlight effort to block D.C. law banning discrimination based on birth control, abortion decisions

    If the US so-called “pro-life” lobby was actually “pro-life”, they would be busy campaigning for sorting out GUN CONTROL, – and censuring Trump for giving the mentally unstable the “right” to buy and carry guns!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41466116

    More than twenty people have been killed and at least 100 injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.

    A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward an open-air music festival being held close by.

    Police said a suspect identified as a local resident, who was not named, had been shot and killed by officers.

    They said they were looking for a companion travelling with the suspect as a “person of interest”.

    Hundreds of people fled the scene and the sound of what appeared to be prolonged automatic gunfire could be heard on videos posted on social media.

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