Saturday, March 11, 2017

3 Things You Must Know In NOW News (Week of March 5-11)

More than ever, the issues NOW stands for have been dominating the headlines.  Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep up with every piece of breaking news, but as part of a new weekly series, we’ll highlight three local/state/national news topics that we think every NOW member should know.

AHCA & What It Means For Healthcare For Women
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week, and it is simply devastating for women’s healthcare, especially women insured under Medicaid.

Under the AHCA, women insured under Medicaid will be blocked from receiving services from Planned Parenthood.  According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood patients had incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. 

With a massive decrease in patients, this could force many Planned Parenthood clinics to shut it doors.

Gavin Grimm’s Case Will No Longer Be Heard By The Supreme Court
After the Department of Justice and the Department of Education withdrew the directive that protected transgender students under Title IX, the Supreme Court announced Monday (March 6) that they would no longer be hearing the case for Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen from Virginia who is suing his school board in order to use the bathroom that matches his gender identity.

Grimm’s case will now go before a lower court in Virginia where they will decide whether Title IX applies to transgender students.

The Rise of Anti-Protest Bills in State Legislatures
International Women’s Day this past Wednesday (March 8) saw a number of protests across the U.S. and the rest of the world.  The protest in New York City notably resulted in the arrest of Women’s March organizers Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland along with nine other individuals on charges of civil disobedience.

However, for 15 states, including Michigan, bills have been introduced that would restrict rights to protest. 

According to the ACLU, two bills have been proposed in the Michigan House of Representatives, but have since been shelved.  One, being dubbed an “anti-picketing law,” would “increase penalties for picketing and would allow companies to file complaints about pickets without having to show any actual business harm.”  The second, an “anti-union law,” would “repeal a law that requires employers to include information about an ongoing strike when they advertise to hire employees who will replace employees who are on strike.

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