Keeping Score: California Schools to Provide Free Period Products; Title X Gag Rule Reversed; Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated

Pandemic burnout is ramping up among women; new California legislation hopes to better track violent deaths; the latest on the status of Texas's abortion ban, and more. Keep score with us:

10/13/2021 11:08:00 PM

Pandemic burnout is ramping up among women; new California legislation hopes to better track violent deaths; the latest on the status of Texas's abortion ban, and more. Keep score with us:

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement's many milestones. We're Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.This week: Biden administration reverses Title X gag rule; federal courts halt, then reinstate Texas's six-week abortion ban; school districts crack down on BLM and pride flags; Playboy features first gay man on its cover; California overrides workplace NDAs *and* requires free menstrual products in schools; and more.

Lest We Forget“The people certainly don’t have time to concern themselves with Washington process. They’re just desperately in need of impact. And so we want to get this right, so we want to move thoughtfully and deliberately, but also with urgency. These investments are popular. These policies are popular because they’re sorely needed by the people, and we have to meet the needs of the people and meet this moment.

—Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) on President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillioninfrastructure billintended to support pandemic recovery and equity amongst American workers.“I have covered this country since 1986. I’ve never been the news but the only reason I’ve become the news is because I refuse to be stamped down, I refuse to stop doing my job the way I should. … The collapse of democracy starts with the breakdown of facts. And if you don’t have facts you don’t have the shared reality to find the right path. This is a global problem.”

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Southwest, American Airlines Rebuff Texas Gov, Will Comply With Biden Vaccine MandatesThe airlines said federal law 'supersedes' any state action, a blow to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. GovAbbott is all about performing in front of his boss. Makes me happy. Thanks SouthwestAir Bigger brains prevail!

Texas agency removes webpages with resources for LGBTQ youthsTexas officials removed two webpages in late August that provided resources for LGBTQ youths — including a link to a suicide prevention hotline — a few hours after criticism from one of Gov. Abbott’s Republican primary challengers. Whenever I hear this it feels like we’re back in the sixties. Very sad Cruel. Nice job govabbott. Republicans hate.

A tale of two counties: Texas communities illustrate deep divide in COVID-19 vaccination effortsI would like to see everyone vaccinated for HPV next. It should be the law. Republicans remain deeply opposed to the renewed push to get the country vaccinated.h There, fixed it for you. Vaccine only lasts 6 months.

Medical groups file brief arguing Texas abortion ban endangers womenShannon Selden, who represents 19 medical groups in a brief against the Texas abortion ban, tells Lawrence O’Donnell the Texas law “cuts at the very heart” of the doctor-patient relationship by interfering with safe, ethical, medical, evidence-based care: “This law is unconscionable in the way that it treats women and girls in Texas.” The law actually doesn't even affect women at all. The law only goes after doctors if a criminal violates a woman's right of patient confidentiality. it will be interesting to see who ends up losing, the doctor or the criminal who violated the woman's rights. Almost like Taliban. Barring non-consensual impregnation events, if you WILLFULLY engage in the act you know can result in the production of a new, genetically unique, individual human life, you do not have the right to end that life. That's like adopting a child & later deciding to kill it.

Texas Mandate Ban Reflects Growing GOP Vaccine HostilityCalls for special legislative sessions to counter vaccine mandates have been heard in states such as Wyoming, Kansas and South Dakota. Texas being Texas. It’s why everyone is moving here. The Supremacy Clause in our Constitution explains that federal law always trumps state law which means federal always wins if there is a conflict between the two. horrible

Where things stand in the legal battle over Texas' six-week abortion banTexas' six-week abortion ban is likely to stay in force at least for a few more days, if not longer, with a federal appeals court signaling that the end of the week would be the earliest it would take its next big step in the ongoing litigation. What would happen if a man accused woman of coercive control e.g. nagging? Sad that the women of Texas have lost their rights to sacrifice babies. Freedom of religion. This is includes the worship of pagan gods, Trumpers!! But if you enforce a vaccine policy at your job for covid.. Well that's attacking civil liberties, and you don't want big government interfering with your freedom to choose Will big government right back..Texas

). Lest We Forget “The people certainly don’t have time to concern themselves with Washington process. They’re just desperately in need of impact. And so we want to get this right, so we want to move thoughtfully and deliberately, but also with urgency. These investments are popular. These policies are popular because they’re sorely needed by the people, and we have to meet the needs of the people and meet this moment. —Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) on President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill intended to support pandemic recovery and equity amongst American workers. “I have covered this country since 1986. I’ve never been the news but the only reason I’ve become the news is because I refuse to be stamped down, I refuse to stop doing my job the way I should. … The collapse of democracy starts with the breakdown of facts. And if you don’t have facts you don’t have the shared reality to find the right path. This is a global problem.” —Nobel Peace Prize winner and Philippine journalist Maria Ressa on how her contributes to defending the rule of law. Beyond proud that two brave journalists have won the Nobel Peace Prize. My former CNN colleague