At least one ward of the Mormon church is activating against Illinois’ HB 2234, which would provide civil unions in the state (h/t Paul). Such unions would be available to hetero and homosexual couples, ad would provide the same rights and responsibilities as marriage.
An email sent around to ward members encouraged them to call state legislators because the bill would, ‘create grounds for rewriting all social mores,’ amongst other evils.
The bill passed out of committee yesterday despite the church’s input.
While you’re at it, also tell them to support HB 2354, the Reproductive Health and Access Act.
The bill mandates that state and sub-governmental agencies cannot deny women contraception or abortions before fetal viability (with an exception for the health of the mother); ensures funding for reproductive health for low-income/medicaid patients; and mandates that public schools provide medically-accurate comprehensive sex ed.
All lovely things.
You can find your state legislators here.
In national news, after Vitter’s amendment to block Title X money to Planned Parenthood, Sen. DeMint offered an amendment that would block a rule re-allowing pharmaceutical companies to provide low-cost birth control to universities and health clinics. DeMint complained it was an ‘earmark’, despite the fact that it offered no money from the federal government, just re-allowed companies to offer cheap bc at their own cost.
The Wicker amendment sought to limit US funding to the UN Population Fund, which provides family planning for women around the world. Republicans continue to argue that the UNPFA provides funds for coercive abortion in China, when even Bush’s own investigators found that it does no such thing. Wicker’s amendment was defeated.
I mean, yay, but ugh that we have to keep having these kind of debates over legal medications and family planning programs that reduce abortions. Hard to argue that pro-life Republicans are really interested in preventing abortions.
In international sad news that really has nothing to do with any of this, Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai was injured and his wife killed in a car wreck today.
The truck driver that hit their car (in the middle of a convoy) said he fell asleep whilst driving.
The MDC will investigate independently, especially after their videographer, who rushed to the scene, was arrested and his camera confiscated.
My heart goes out to Tsvangiai, who continues to stand strong after a year of unbelievable tragedy.