According to the Guttmacher Group, Since the Republican landslide in 2010, 916 bills have been introduced in 49 state legislatures that curtail a woman’s right to make her own health and reproductive choices. The 2012 Republican National Committee platform calls for a constitutional amendment which bans all abortions without an exception for rape, incest or to save the life to the mother. While many respectfully disagree on the difficult issue of abortion, the vast majority of Americans believe that reproductive choices belong to the woman, her doctor and her family. Not politicians.
Annette Magnus of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates gave a presentation to CCRDC on women’s health and the threats against a woman’s right to control her own body.
According to the Pro-Choice, Democratic Women’s organization, Emily’s List, 46 of the sitting U.S. Senators are Anti-Choice, 40 are Pro-Choice, and 14 have mixed responses to a woman’s right to choose. In the U.S. House of Representatives, 247 are Anti-Choice, only 154 are Pro-Choice, and 33 have divergent views on women’s health issues. In the 50 Governors’ Mansions, 29 current state leaders are Anti-Choice,16 are Pro-Choice, and 5 waffle on women’s issues.
President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act which gives women access to the court system in cases of pay discrimination, making progress towards to the goal of
equal pay for equal work.
Currently, American women who work full-time, year round make
77-cents for every dollar a man makes.