I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Anti-abortion-rights group Operation Rescue has released its most recent undercover look at the American abortion industry, using excerpted audio recordings to show “millions of tax dollars are already paying for abortions each year.”
The same week that anti-abortion-rights advocates and Catholic colleges pushed the Obama administration to repeal a recent decision to include contraception in a list of fully-covered preventive health-care services, House Republicans unveiled a proposed spending plan for 2012 that…
Amid constant congressional squabbling over spending and the deficit in Congress, 59 Democrats and Republicans have united in pledging to spend more money for research and prevention efforts…
Of the approximately 15 Republicans who have either announced or hinted a run for president in 2012, the abortion-rights policy group NARAL Pro-Choice has identified the 12 most prominent potential contenders as presenting a threat to women’s access to abortion and family-planning services.
Most Americans favor abortion consent laws and bans on late-term abortions but oppose bans on abortion clinic funding, according to a new Gallup public opinion poll.
Sparked by the FDA’s recent announcement that cigarette packaging and advertisements will come with more in-depth, graphic warning labels starting September 2012, the group Students Students for Life of America has started a campaign to pressure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have graphic warning labels apply to abortion. According to the group’s site, the Catholic Coalition of New Mexico is a cosponsoring organization.
The U.S. House approved a measure Wednesday that repeals part of the year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and would, among several provisions, ban tax subsidies for private health insurance plans that include abortion as a covered service; prevent citizens from deducting abortion as a medical expense unless it was the result of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother — and invites the potential for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate how women who had abortions became pregnant and how they paid for their abortions.
Arizona wrapped its 50th legislative session this week, with both Republican-controlled chambers passing several pieces of legislation that will likely impact women seeking abortions in the coming year. All abortion-related bills that passed have been signed by Gov. Jan Brewer.
A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that 56 percent of Republican voters do not feel enthusiastic about any of the official or prospective GOP candidates running for president in 2012.
Family planning cuts would disproportionately affect Latinas, Planned Parenthood clinic directors say
Recently proposed federal and state family-planning spending cuts would disproportionately hinder low-income Latinas’ access to reproductive care, said several women’s reproductive care
A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News reveals mixed messages from the American public over the country’s budget crisis.
On the week of the one-year anniversary of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration bill — which has provoked copycats throughout the country — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed controversial legislation concerning the political clout of religious institutions, among other issues.
Following the Tuesday release of House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget resolution, senior groups and analysts have come out specifically against the proposed health care changes, saying seniors would pay twice as much for health care as they are now.
This week President Obama ordered the resumption of military trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees and the continued detention of prisoners who don’t have enough evidence against them to be charged or convicted, effectively breaking his campaign promise to close the facility after his first year in office. It’s a promise that several policy analysts and media outlets believe the president might never fulfill, at least not before 2013, when his first term expires.
At a time when many states are slicing services for people with disabilities, the federal government has come through with a welcome offering: $4.3 billion in grant money that will go to states implementing programs that transition Medicaid beneficiaries out of institutions and nursing homes and into their communities. New Mexico is among 13 states that will be collectively receiving $45 million in grants for implementing the Money Follows the Person demonstration program this year.
The House voted Friday to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, passing 240 to 185. The amendment has been added to the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government through September. If the resolution goes into law, the 95-year-old health care provider will lose funding from the federal government, all of which goes to family planning and reproductive services under Title X, and none of which goes to funding abortions.
The Obama administration has proposed cutting funding for programs that go directly to senior services in the 2012 proposed budget, meaning many older Americans may lose federal aid to help pay for things like heat, food and public transportation.
The Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” campaign makes it way to the NBA’s All-Star game in Los Angeles this weekend, just as it has at Wal-Mart stores. Enlisting Americans to keep an eye out for “suspicious activity,” the campaign has raised questions. With sports fans and budget-conscious shoppers reporting “suspicious” activities every 10 minutes, does that help the security agencies or overwhelm the system?