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

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In every number of Millisecond., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalog must-see quotes from feminist voices, and keep track of the many milestones of the feminist movement. Were keeping the marker also online, in this fortnightly digest.

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“Supreme Court justices are threatening to undo decades of progress by restricting contraceptive rights, gay and interracial marriage, racial segregation in schools, and tax dollars toward religions many don’t follow. … We young people are the front line of this battle against a political system that is slowly writing our death sentence.”

—Student activist Anna Pham at a recent abortion rally organized by The Feminist Front and Generation Ratify.

The extremist legislators who forced this bill through a special session clearly couldn’t care less about what their constituents want or need. It is terrible that they are doing everything they can to prevent people from accessing abortion services, and they should be ashamed of themselves. Governor Holcomb has an opportunity to veto this legislation and protect the reproductive freedom of millions of Indianans; he should take advantage of it.

—Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a statement on the passage of an Indiana bill that prohibits abortion against the will of the majority of residents.

Abortion rights activists in the Indiana Senate during a special session to ban abortion rights in the wake of the US Supreme Court ruling being overturned. Roe vs. Wade. Governor Holcomb signed the bill into law. (Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“To be frank, we are responsible for some pretty dramatic and public mistakes, from testing to data to communications. … For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big time, our performance reliably fell short of expectations. As a long-time fan of this agency and a public health advocate, I want all of us to do better.”

—CDC Director Rochelle Walensky at public statements on his agency’s handling of the COVID-19, and now monkeypox, pandemics in the US.

“Kansas voters sent a powerful signal that this fall the American people will vote to preserve and protect rights, and refuse to let politicians take them away. … If Congress fails to act, the people of this country must elect senators and representatives who will restore Roe and protect the right to privacy, liberty, and equality.”

—President Joe Biden in a statement about kansas voters decision to protect the right to abortion in the state constitution.

“With reproductive rights curtailed, it is not only necessary to find legal solutions to protect marginalized communities, it is critical to educate and inform audiences on these issues. Entertainment has a unique ability to reach viewers and provide that education. Our goal is to illuminate how many opportunities there are to use storytelling as a tool to expand the conversation and create substantive attitude and policy change.”

—Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder Stacy L. Smith on the program decision to focus on reproductive health, marriage equality, violence, and other political issues in film.


+ A Invoice signed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) eliminates sales tax on menstrual products and diapers in the stateStarting Wednesday, August 10. This law is expected to reduce the monthly average of $15 spent by menstruating people on period products and the $75 spent by families on diapers.

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One in five teenage girls has difficulty affording menstrual products or cannot buy them at all. (Becker1999 / Creative Commons)

+ In Scotland, lawmakers passed the Products Bill for the period to make free menstrual products available in public toiletsas in schools and libraries.

+ President Biden’s Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Idaho over the new state law that bans almost all abortions. “The law places medical professionals in an impossible situation. They must be denied stabilizing treatment…or risk felony prosecution and license revocation. The law will chill the willingness of providers to perform abortions in emergency situations and harm patients by blocking access to necessary medical care,” said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. said.

In response to the Justice Department’s lawsuit, a federal judge in Idaho on Wednesday blocked part of the anti-abortion law, set to take effect the following day, that criminalizes performing an abortion when health or life is at stake. of the patient. This now-blocked provision would have allowed authorities to arrest any health professional who performed an abortion. However, the almost total ban on abortion remained in force.

+ Incumbent Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) lost in the Wyoming Republican primary on Tuesday, August 16. As a result, only two House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump remain candidates in the upcoming November midterms, four of whom lost their primaries and four withdrew.

+ A tax and climate law signed by President Biden will establish a minimum tax rate of 15 percent for corporations with annual profits greater than $1 billion. It also allocates $369 billion to combat climate change and $64 billion to lower health insurance costs under the Affordable Care Act.

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+ Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday, August 16 to make Pennsylvania the 27th state where conversion therapy is restricted. Such institutions are prohibited from using state funds, and state agencies are advised to discourage such programs.

“Conversion therapy is a traumatic, junk science-based practice that actively harms the very people it is supposed to treat,” Wolf said.

+ Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) inserted legislation—the Firearms Industry Fairness Act and the Firearms Industry Crime and Trafficking Accountability Act—to tax manufacturers of AR-style rifles at 20 percentand require them to keep a record of crimes committed with their weapons.

how are we doing

+ The National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy (NCRP) found that billions of dollars are funneled into crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which outnumber abortion clinics three to one and dispense medical misinformation to pregnant people. CPC groups receive five times more foundation funding ($278 million) than abortion clinics.

Abortion rights supporters and anti-abortion protesters outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, on June 4, 2022, in New York City. More than 2,500 CPCs cover the US, triple the number of abortion clinics. (Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

+ After the Supreme Court struck down federal abortion protections, a quarter of prospective college students said state abortion laws will affect where they are applied. Twenty-six percent “will only consider attending college in a state where abortion is legal,” and among women, that number reached 31 percent.

+ Only 28 percent of African Americans, 37 percent of Hispanic Americans, and 26 percent of Gen Z feel safe at polling places, compared to 47 percent of white and boomer Americans. the pollCommissioned by the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE), it raises concerns about the impact of security on civic engagement.

+ Disinformation campaigns surrounding the abortion pill rollback have earned Facebook tens of thousands of dollars in ad revenue.according to Media Matters for America. The ads have racked up millions of views, even though they violate the companies’ health misinformation guidelines.

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+ The mental health of LGBQ young adults is much worse than that of older LGBQ peopleaccording to research from the UCLA School of Law Williams Institute. They reported high levels of “psychological distress,” and bisexual people were especially likely to report drug abuse and low happiness.

“We expected that the increase in social acceptance of LGBQ people over the past decade would result in more positive mental health indicators for younger LGBQ people, but the results are mixed,” said co-author Ilan H. Meyer. “Despite societal changes, LGBQ youth continue to experience stressful experiences related to their sexual minority status, which, in turn, leads to adverse mental health.”

American democracy is at a dangerous tipping point: from the disappearance of abortion rights, to the lack of pay equity and parental leave, to the spiraling rise in maternal mortality, to attacks on trans health. If left unchecked, these crises will lead to widening gaps in political participation and representation. For 50 years, Millisecond. she has been forging feminist journalism: reporting, rebelling and telling the truth from the front lines, defending the Equal Rights Amendment and centering the stories of those most affected. With everything at stake for equality, we are redoubling our commitment for the next 50 years. In turn, we need your help, Support for Millisecond. today with a donation—any amount that is meaningful to you. for as little as $5 every monthYou will receive the print magazine along with our e-newsletters, action alerts and invitations to Millisecond. Studies events and podcasts. We are grateful for your loyalty and ferocity..

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