April 26, 2019 -
In a year of harsh anti-abortion bills, one introduced in Texas went furthest of all by allowing women who end a pregnancy to be put to death. The bill's sponsor — a quadruple divorcee whose first wife sought a restraining order against him — is a major recipient of contributions from a fracking services billionaire and religious sect leader who's become a leading funder of radical anti-abortion groups and candidates.
March 14, 2019 -
For the amendment banning sex discrimination by the federal and state governments to be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, one more state needs to ratify it. Most of the states that haven't ratified the ERA are in the South, but ratification bills were introduced in seven Southern states this year.
October 5, 2018 -
The policy prohibits the Medicaid program from covering abortion, thus denying low-income people access to abortion care.
March 17, 2017 -
The GOP plan to scrap the Affordable Care Act includes a provision barring the nation's leading reproductive health services provider from taking Medicaid payments. That would take an especially heavy toll in the South, which already suffers the nation's highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancies and poverty.
January 14, 2016 -
A new report looks at the demographics of state legislatures across the country and finds that in the South they are disproportionately male and more religious. They are also more racially diverse — at least for now.
November 5, 2015 -
A new study finds that candidates running for office nationwide are less diverse in terms of race and gender than the broader U.S. population. In the South, the situation is particularly dire for representation among women.
January 30, 2013 -
The legislative session that starts today promises to bring big changes to North Carolina as the leaders of the once-progressive state seek to slash unemployment insurance, create a more regressive tax code, impose voter ID requirements, increase private control of public schools, and enshrine right-to-work in the state constitution.