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Pride parades march on with new urgency across US
"Pride parades took place around the country Sunday amid new fears about the erosion of freedoms one through decades of activism In New York City pride organizers moved Planned Parenthood and the girl scouts to the front of their march after the Supreme Court overturned roe co organizer Sue doster Women's rights are LGBTQ rights Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson says this is the future of the fight We have an opportunity right now to build an entirely new multi generational multi inclusive multi ethnic multiracial beautiful moment around freedom that I think is going to be the future actor and activist Cynthia Nixon also marched They came for abortion today They're coming for same sex marriage and contraception tomorrow I'm Julie Walker at the New York City pride march
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on WTOP
"News special report the Supreme Court overturns roe V wade and now states can ban abortion. Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson is aware of trigger laws many states now have on the books. To get every single patient in that they can see right now before the state issues and injunction, they're not wasting any time and Arkansas where attorney general Leslie Rutledge says we're prepared to immediately ban abortion in Arkansas with the overturn of roe versus wade. Vice president Kamala Harris traveled to Illinois today where in suburban Chicago, she weighed in on the Supreme Court decision. This is the first time in the history of our nation that a constitutional right has been taken from the people of America. The ruling came more than a month after the stunning leak of a draft opinion by justice Samuel Alito, CBS News special report I'm Jennifer Kuiper. Ten 33. Virginia's Republican governor supports the high court ruling. As we hear from WTO's neolog and the team tonight, the governor is now planning to launch an effort to limit abortions in Virginia. Virginia governor Glenn youngkin says he wants a ban on most abortions in Virginia after 15 weeks of pregnancy. He believes a bipartisan consensus of people in the state would support a law that would make it illegal to have abortions after a fetus begins to feel pain in the womb, while most in Congress say that's 20 weeks youngkin says he'd prefer 15. The Republican governor says he realizes he'll have to work across the aisle to pass a new law. He's asked for lawmakers to draw up legislation to introduce when the General Assembly comes back in January. The ruling is expected to create what some call a sea of abortion ban refugees. That's why Maryland is preparing for an influx of women looking for abortion services outside their home states. Maryland state delegate Ariana Kelly said she saw a rollback on abortion rights coming, and that's why she championed the abortion access care act in the last legislative session. We are going to allow as of July 1st in Maryland, not just physicians, but also position assistance, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, who are appropriately trained to be able to provide abortion care in Maryland. The bill was vetoed by governor Larry Hogan, but overridden by lawmakers in his veto Hogan had expressed concern about allowing anyone but a licensed doctor to perform abortions. Kate Ryan, WTO news. Meantime, what D.C. leaders are saying in the wake of the high court's ruling? Well, WTO is Melissa, Howell has some details tonight. Following the decision Mario Bowser took to Twitter to make clear abortion is still legal in the district, adding quote, a majority of Americans believe in a woman's right to choose. The fight is urgent, but not over. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton condemned the decision, saying it calls into question whether the Supreme Court will overturn other long-standing and recent precedents. In a statement, attorney general Karl Racine also stood behind abortion rights. His statement went on to say there's a great deal we can each do to help fight for access to abortion care, and we must remain vigilant, especially when there are so many counting on us. Melissa Howell WTO penis. Local religious leaders are speaking out following the decision. I feel
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM
"Activist. Yes, we are trying to make abortion illegal around the country. It is just something that needs to be unthinkable and needs to be illegal. I guess the ultimate question is, what do you say to someone like mason deshaun and others who have the same position? What do you want to tell them about today's ruling and why you think abortion should still remain legal in this country? Look, the majority of people still believe that roe should be the law of the land and I expect that number to actually grow over the coming coming weeks. We know that people do not want politicians from lawmakers to be making these decisions for them, private decision. And so people who oppose access to abortion, they have every right to not have an abortion. They don't have a right to tell me or anyone else. What we should do with our own bodies. So in the immediate days ahead, what is the most urgent priority for Planned Parenthood? In this moment, what is the plan? Our priority remains the same, right? It is getting care to patients and patients to care. It is around trying to support them with travel, getting me appointments and even still, as you know, we're looking at eventuality where we're looking for 24 states to absorb the abortion care of 50 and that will mean that some people will be forced into pregnancy. How concerned are you now that there will be a lot of women, a lot of people out there who will now be seeking unsafe abortions as a result of this ruling. I think that's always a concern, right? When you take away access to care to providers that people will turn to alternative methods. We will support and educate people around methods of self managed care and also recognize the fact that many people because they are vulnerable will be preyed upon with other information and bad actors. I don't know the journal lancet. The medical journal as it's covered just a month ago, the fact that women will die throws overturned women will die. So of course we are concerned about what will happen. Yeah. And in terms of the long view, I mean, what happens to the abortion rights movement in your mind? How does it reshape after something like this? The abortion rights movement will continue to fight. And I think it will become stronger than ever, right? It means that we have to go state by state restriction by restriction ban by van. And I think we're clear, right? That this isn't just about abortion. We see it in laws that are being introduced in some of these anti abortion states. Laws that are trying to criminalize IVF and IUDs and emergency contraception. We should all be alarmed at the length of each stream length that the opposition is going to control our bodies. And so we will continue to fight all of those restrictions until everyone is ready. Alexis McGill Johnson is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood federation of America. Thank you very much for your time today. Thank you. Our time
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio
"Ten health centers for primary and preventive care planned parenthood federation of america. President lexus mcgill. Johnson said the lifting of the trump rule was quote a huge victory for patients and a huge victory for sexual and reproductive health. Care to see our full interview. With alexis mcgill johnson. Go democracy now dot org. A federal judge has sentenced a participant in the january six insurrection..
Abortion, guns, religion top a big Supreme Court term
"The future of abortion rights is in the hands of a conservative Supreme Court that begins a new term Monday that fight was brought to the steps of the Supreme Court Saturday by thousands marching for abortion rights not just in Washington but across the country in December the justices will hear arguments in Mississippi's bid to enforce a ban on most abortions after fifteen weeks it's a case meant to challenge the landmark roe versus Wade decision that established a woman's right to an abortion at the rally Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson said the consequences are dire we know from falls twenty six states will move to ban abortion appointments by former president trump strength in the high court's conservative majority going into the abortion decisions I'm Julie Walker
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said a Halloween deadline for the House to pass the infrastructure Bill In a letter to House Democrats Saturday Pelosi said she wants to pass the bipartisan $1.2 trillion bill by the end of the month which is when the 30 day extension ends for the federal highways program Women speaking out across the country Saturday against the new abortion law in Texas banning almost all abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson was with demonstrators in the nation's capital Today was just an extraordinary representation of the energy that just confirmed what we already knew right That abortion bans like Texas SB 8 are deeply unpopular that they are out of step with the majority of the American public This year's annual women's march was organized in more than 600 cities across the country Former president Donald Trump is asking a federal judge to make Twitter reactivate his account Twitter suspended the account following the storming of the U.S. capitol January 6th I'm Brad Siegel And I'm Susanna Palmer in the Bloomberg newsroom New York City school staffers will have to tell some of their colleagues tomorrow to go home That's if they didn't get a COVID-19 vaccine by last Friday 5 p.m. The post reports the DOE is saying it has thousands of vaccinated subs ready to step in tomorrow The DOE said if workers get the shot this weekend they can still come to work and be put back on active status 9 FDNY firefighters have been suspended without pay this after an investigation revealed alleged a racist messages and memes mocking the death of George Floyd and black people More from Bloomberg's stinney's Pellegrini White firefighters shared racist messages and memes on their phones mocking George Floyd tying moments and black people according to The New York Times the report says messages were seen by black members of the FDNY who took their complaints to FDNY leadership The suspensions ranged from a few days to 6 months An FDNY spokesperson calls the suspensions the most severe punishments ever handed down in the history of the fire department of the city of New York to these publicity Bloomberg radio China ever grand group has already fallen behind on payments to banks suppliers and holders of onshore investment products now the world's most indebted developer may be facing its next big debt test for hearing that a dollar note maturing today issued by an entity called jumbo fortune enterprises is guaranteed by ever grad As the maturity is a Sunday the effective due date is Monday Non payment of the bond principle would constitute a default Authorities ranging from Federal Reserve officials to Hong Kong's Central Bank are looking into just how exposed financial institutions are to the ever grand crisis Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quick take powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries I'm susannah Palmer This is Bloomberg Broadcasting from the financial capital of the world Bloomberg 11 three O in New York To Washington D.C..
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on WCPT 820
"And October 31st deadline for the House to pass the infrastructure Bill in a letter to House Democrats on Saturday Pelosi said she wants to pass the bipartisan $1.2 trillion bill by the end of the month which is when the 30 day extension ends for the federal highways program President Biden on Saturday signed into law a temporary extension of the highway trust fund which will keep 3700 transportation department employees from being furloughed Women marched across the country on Saturday against the new abortion law in Texas banning almost all abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson was with the demonstrators in Washington D.C. Today was just an extraordinary representation of the energy that just confirmed what we already knew right That abortion bans like Texas SBA are deeply unpopular that they are out of step with the majority of the American public This year's annual women's march was organized in more than 600 cities after the Supreme Court failed to intervene with the Texas fetal heartbeat bill California is the first state in the nation to require students 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19 Governor Gavin Newsom says he'll require all staff and students in grades K through 12 to get the shots in order to participate in in person instruction And the governor of Hawaii is extending COVID-19 emergency rules We continue to monitor the healthcare situation in our islands but we feel it's important that we continue and extend the emergency proclamation that includes a statewide mask mandate and safe travels programs for trans Pacific passengers governor David ige says the delta variant crisis is abating but not yet over I'm Jim Forbes Joan.
Women's March targets Supreme Court, with abortion on line
"With abortion online nationwide protests drew thousands to Washington and other cities on Saturday to demand continued access at a time when conservative lawmakers and judges have put it in jeopardy in Cleveland they chanted save row in reference to the landmark Supreme Court case which made abortion legal in Washington they cheered for Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson told the crowd this year nearly six hundred restrictions have been introduced in forty seven states no matter where you are this site is at your doorstep right now at the New York rally governor hopeful recounted how her own mother fought for abortion rights and she's been in the same fight her whole life I'm sick and tired of having to fight over abortion rights and settled in the nation at an unrelated event in Maine Republican senator Susan Collins said she's working with two Democrats and another Republican to make roe versus Wade the law of the land I'm Julie Walker
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Laws even in the books that it's even being upheld is incredibly unconstitutional and We are seeing the effects of it every day right now. I think one thing that. I'd like to lift up that we that we're really thinking about at night. Institute is is about the community members who are not able to leave the state you know. We're hearing stories of folks who are having to leave the state to get the care. They need in record numbers but but there are communities specifically immigrant undocumented communities who cannot leave many folks. Don't know that especially in the real Valley where we are There are internal checkpoints that keep people from being able to move An i keep them hostage in in the area that they are. I mean these folks have already you know already had very little access to care and now are essentially you know without any abortion care in the texas talked me a bit about the attitudes in let next communities regarding various aspects of reproductive rights and reproductive justice. I know that at times in doing this work. I'll all here folks say oh you know the let. The next community is all antiabortion. Catholocism keeps folks from from from needing or wanting access to these services. And i think that that's not right so hopeless. Understand what is right and What the sort of range of experiences and needs are in this community. Our communities are first of all not monolithic. So so there's that. I think we we come from so many different countries. Some of us speak spanish as connecting doctor. But there are so many different experiences in the community and absolutely What we found over the years through the different polls through your work on the ground is that community. Our communities wants the same thing everybody else does. We want access to healthcare. We want access to jobs. We want to be able to feed our children to to have good schools And and we recognize that includes having access to all of the healthcare we need including contraception incurring abortion care including the gamut of of reproductive health. Care and It's specifically around abortion. Care over seventy percent of our community members believe that abortion should be You know safe and accessible to anybody who needs even if they personally would not You know have an abortion or or or don't believe in abortion. I think that that's the beauty. And the and the thing that's really special about our community that we seek to help each other. We we really believe that. Were there for for community members if they need us and not and again we want the same freedoms in the same access to things that everybody else has. And we believe that the that should be upheld by by our systems of of legislation in policy So so yeah i mean. I think think that that's an important point to raise. We do face an undue amount of barriers and And challenges to be able to have the same care and and the same access to services that everybody else has. I'm so interested that voter education Voter registration election work is also part of your work. Why is voting part of reproductive justice. Work we'll voting is such an important part of this because we know that We have to manifest our power in the systems that we currently exist in. Now i will say that night institute we approach all work through reproductive justice lens Really thinking about how we dismantle the systems of oppression that the target our our communities And and and you know again. Keep us from being able to have The the lives that we need that we want So so it's so important for us to think about how we're participating in the systems that exist so that we can change them right so that we can dismantle them We really are thinking about you. Know the next generation of folks who will take on leadership and really having number flecked Who we are. What we need is a community And let the united states you one of the things. That's really important for us as building power among our own community folks Regular folks in our homes thinking about you know the way that these things affect them Really building their power to be able to fight for themselves to be able to expand access to quality reproductive healthcare to think about You know access to help your general to to really think about all the different intersecting issues that affect their lives and to stand up to fight for them. We really believed that the future is about ensuring that folks who've been silenced and ignored have a seat at the table drive the discussions in the future and and are taking the lead So so voting is just a part of that but really are bigger or bigger focus on building power and ensuring that folks use their vote us every other measure that they have in their hands to be able to create change for themselves in their communities. As you're thinking about that building that power. What are the kinds of policies that need to be place about the state and the federal level to truly support reproductive-health injustice for the next community. Will there are so many things happening at various levels right now. Unfortunately the as i mentioned earlier there so many restrictions that have come up And but we're responding so so one of the things that we at the institute are working on Helping passes the women's health protection act which is a piece of legislation that would basically create a statutory right for providers to provide and people to receive abortion care a free from medically unnecessary restrictions. That single out of worship care. I'm so so Whipple as we call it for short with overrule state laws across the country that unnecessarily restrict abortion mike the bill in texas You know like a s before which is another bill that that is going through which restricts medication abortion if this passes in the senate just passed the house last week. We can see these kinds of terrible piece of legislation that are just intended to curb access dismantled Go away so. We're hopeful for that. We're also really interested in The he'll immigrant families act out which would expand access to healthcare for everyone living in our country regardless of their that is newsday mentioned earlier. One of the things that That we think about a lot is that not everybody who lives in. Our communities has the same access even if if we were to say That restrictions are gone through the women's health protection act. Many of our community members especially those are undocumented immigration different immigration status don't have access and so we really want to get that with the he'll immigrant families of those are just a couple of things i know there are myriad pieces of legislation in different states that are that are supporting and expanding access to care and we're really interested in that. We're working on something in virginia. Called raya The health equity act So there's so many different things happening book but we are That we're trying to balance with the responding to some of these retrogressive pieces of legislation in the states. Where do you find hope. What is a space or place where you've seen things actually moving forward where we've seen some an even if that hope is just in the work that you all are doing yourselves. Where do you find it. I think absolutely. I find hope in the The bullet office recall them at that. That work on the ground in texas and Florida get a little bit emotional thinking about them. They are on the front lines. The who'd be most affected by these pieces of legislation or who are the most effective. And yet they're resilient there on the ground and speaking of for community and really relentless in their fight and so so they give me a ton of hope it also gives me hope to know about adam so many in our communities. Don't want to see this turning back the clock on an on reproductive health care or health care access that we are the majority and we see that time and time again. And i think we're getting to a place where i think that power of our collective majority will you know will manifest in a better world and a better policies for us but i really think that the that knowing that and hearing that from from the perspective of of all activists that we work with across the country and again Seeing the everyday work that that our communities are doing to fight back despite again being the ones who are the most effective is really moving. And and giving me lots of hope for the future lupe. Rodriguez is the executive director of the national latina institute for reproductive justice lupe. Thank.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Agree to disagree. At which point in a pregnancy life begins. This is living. So i'm calling from years ago. My then wife was pregnant. Pregnancy friends to compromise or health that it might have killed it and so i had to go with her and she actually had a medical abortion performed moment for us at the same time. I'm glad that we had the resources to be able to keep alive. And she's still alive. Hi this is jeff from san diego. It took me two years and three. Obgyn's to get ninety. The first to refuse. Because i had not used my uterus yet i was twenty five and can't imagine having a child at that time of my life instead of i was prescribed multiple types of birth control. That made me very ill. I finally found a good. Ob who listened in immediately scuttled my id. And i'm now thirty one. And i still don't have any kids so i'm very thankful i'm jim from corning new york and i want to say that planned. Parenthood was very important to me. When i was in college. It gave me faith. The cure exams and provide birth control responsibly. I've been able to take my reproductive health care for granted growing up with right. I planned parenthood for birth control yearly exams and a termination of an unwanted pregnancy when i was eighteen as well as the morning after pill in my forties. I've used them before. Having health insurance and after having private insurance i had private insurance before having my child and now we've planned parenthood in and out of my care when i wanted privacy. I can't imagine not being able to make choices about what i wanna do with my body based on my current situation in life i've had so much freedom to choose and i worry for the future turtle aged woman who won't have the freedoms i did. It's wrong thank you so much for sharing your stories with us and you can continue telling us about your experiences with reproductive health care at eight seven seven eight six nine eight two five three or send us a voice memo at takeaway colors at gmail dot com. We always love to hear from you. Good scientists have the minds of children. One man's pursuit set up a chemistry lab winnings twelve. Change the very air. We breathe only smokes brian. We're committing leeming rock. It's everywhere turns into like thorium then turns into radon and turns into bismuth accidental. I see it as the majesty of god's hanging from radio lab heavy metal. Listen wherever you get your podcast. You're listening to the takeaway. i'm melissa harris. Perry and we're continuing our conversation about women's health. Let's start with a few troubling statistics. About sixteen percent of latinos have not visited a doctor in the last two years. Latinos are also the group of women most likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer and because of higher poverty rates and lower rates of insurance coverage latinos have less access to contraception and more than fifty percent of pregnancies among. Latinas are unintended now. Despite these startling inequalities latin communities are often excluded for mainstream conversations about reproductive health which is exactly why. The people have organized on their own behalf. One of the things to know about the next community is that we are resilient. We are leaders era own fights in our communities and we are building a future for ourselves. That really kind of takes us beyond what the courts throw at us. Our legislatures throw at us. We lupe rodriguez. She's executive director of the national latina institute for reproductive justice at luby's started by telling me a bit about the stories often missing when it comes to let next communities and reproductive health i think in terms of reproductive justice right now One of the things of the most incredible for for for the next community is that you know we are living through unprecedented times As you know this has been a terrible year for reproductive health rights and justice and the truth is of course that our communities have been struggling for access to reproductive care That include birth. Control preventative screenings. Prenatal care postnatal care and abortion for decades right and so these bans and restrictions that are keeping us from the reproductive health care that we need really are disproportionately hurting. Our communities are black communities are indigenous communities And but we're fighting back. And i think that that's part of story here that we've been facing these barriers for a long time and we're fighting back when you said this has been a horrible year. I mean obviously yes. Relative to two state legislative action restricting access to abortion and other reproductive rights. But i thought you were going somewhere else. I thought you were going to talk about covert nineteen And it occurs to me that it has also been Particularly horrifying sort of year and a half four black and let let the next communities relative to cohen nineteen infections and deaths. Can you talk about the work that your organization does Generally but then in the context of this particular global pandemic moment. Yeah absolutely. I mean i. I meant to share an exactly that The barriers that we've already been facing shoe reproductive. Healthcare are made worse of course by the fact that we lack access to regular healthcare as it is And with cova night the effects of of all of these inequities that we faced for a long time have become increasingly stark for for our community. We we know that. The pandemic has Undoubtedly affected those of the least resources. We've seen it on the ground in our communities in the places where we organized that. Let the night institute. Particularly in states like florida and texas where for years politicians worked dismantle safety knives and failed to protect the health of our residents in states like florida and texas specifically people have been facing this pandemic with less resources unless coverage. They've lost jobs and lost family members of the pandemic at our own organization. We've had many losses and Our community feels it really really deeply and and i think the way that this sort of ties into the work that we do let institute is that we're constantly fighting for access to healthcare for everyone We really think about this specific and undo fat on immigrant communities as well because You know as many of you know. Those communities latte basic access to even You know any kind of coverage even if you are a legal permanent resident in the us you have to wait. Five years after you have your legal permanent residency in order to be able to have access to to medicare to chip to other healthcare programs. and many folks don't know also that If you're documented in this country you don't even have access to anything and in many places and and you can't even buy access into the or any other healthcare coverage program so we really you know. Think about that that that our communities have been Largely impacted by this and even more so than others and this is just another You know that that has exacerbated at so many of the inequities and it even worse for what we're facing now in terms of reproductive healthcare which is just part of of what we think about the institute. You're talking about the key states where you work. Florida the york texas and virginia. Can we.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on The Takeaway
"And this is specific to the case of mississippi. Does not trump human rights were badly autonomy of individuals and so this issue around abortion issue around fuel writes this issue around. Viability is being couched incorrectly because the states interest in termination of pregnancy does not trump the human right to bodily autonomy in life and in death that we all currently have as a human right. No one can go dig up your corpse when you're dead and take your organs without your consent bright so if we have the autonomy in life and death and these are human rights we are afforded than the states right. Mississippi does not trump that human when we look at the sp in texas virtually banning abortion at six weeks and deputizing citizens and private individuals to be able to bring lawsuits against people who aid and a bit. People seeking essential abortion care in exercising their right to bodily autonomy. We are looking at a a step backwards. In terms of how we about operationalizing reproductive justice human rights in the united states. And i was very glad to see you know. Corporate individuals of very glad to see people step up to want to defend the right of individuals to access abortion care in the state of texas in the state of mississippi. We also saw a similar law to the state in texas be introduced florida last week. We need to be very clear with people that state's rights to not trump human rights and that the human right to bodily autonomy is consistent with reproductive justice and that is the way that we will end the black. Maternal health crisis in the united states is to respect the bodily autonomy and to trust black women black birth people and other pregnant capable individuals. Can you expand for me. Just a little bit. The sort of phrase women's health or our assumption that reproductive health is always about women where women is pretty narrowly defined as gendered folks. What happens when we expand that definition what we are to achieve. Is you know gender inclusive language to recognize that not all people who birth or have capacity to do so identify as women that old people who have capacity to burst are actually ever going to birth and that would really are trying to get at a better taxonomy to talk about a variety of issues that impact people regardless of what their reproductive capacity is and that's why reproductive justice is so important because really allows us to to have that position that we're seeking in our language women's how is a component but not comprehensive of reproductive health and reproductive wellbeing. And so we don't want to be exclusionary at all. We want to make sure that you know Lgbtq i a folks in non binary folks and people who don't necessarily even Leave and gender understand that there are health services that we all should expect and have a right to under human rights. And so one of the things that i think is really important that we think about is the language that we use when we're talking about you know services across the reproductive spectrum and to have some precision in that link. Dr.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on The Takeaway
"The women's health protection act passed by the house of representatives late. Last week has little chance of becoming law but there is significant legislative action winding its way through congress which addresses women's health and just might find its way into the law the black maternal health mom nimbus package now mahmoud abbas is big really big so for a thorough explanation. I'm turning to dr monica macklemore. She's an associate professor of family healthcare nursing at the university of california san francisco and affiliated scientist with advancing new standards and reproductive health and a member of the bixby center for global reproductive. Help now monica. what exactly is the mom das. The mom nimbus was originally introduced by a representative alma adams who is a democrat from north carolina and representative lawrence underwood who is a democrat from Chicago and it was a originally a package of nine bills that were put together to really address the black maternal health crisis here in the united states and unfortunately got released The monday before the entire nation went on lockdown for covert nineteen so early on in the hundred and seventeenth congress rep Atoms and rep underwood along with the two hundred plus signatories with the black maternal caucus within the house of representatives reintroduced. The mom and instead of it being nine bills it's now twelve and it included. Things like paid family leave and Perinatal mental health for veterans and it included a three new bills that had covert nineteen provision for individuals. And basically what it is. It is a set of bills and legislation that would really transform reproductive-health across multiple spectrum has Reform in it for payers for pregnant People who provide pregnancy related services. It has a provision to look at workforce it has provisions to look at a state Maternal child health program says one of the most comprehensive packages of bills for us to really provide comprehensive reproductive health care for pregnant capable people in the united states and we are so lucky that mid-september it was included as part of the markups the bill back better initiative and that it looks like two of the bills Particularly one specific to maternal morbidity mortality review can be those committees that look at every death the cure johnson at named for charles. Johnson's wife kira earmarked. Those funds for funds were allocated under the bill better markup process in the energy and commerce committee so this is the first the first time it will allow us to really help to address the maternal health crisis in the united states and it is a comprehensive set of legislation that we really want to be able to see be passed on including some low hanging. Fruit like expanding medicaid for the postpartum period out to a year instead of what it currently is under medicaid which has sixty days. You've referenced a couple of times the black maternal health crisis. What exactly is that. So in the united states we've tried to bring awareness to the fact that black moms are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy related issues. According to data from the centers for disease control and prevention is estimated that of those between seven hundred and nine hundred deaths between fifty and sixty percent of them are preventable. The burden is really born in in black communities and in some geographies in in native and indigenous communities as well and the mom notice really seeks to address many of those upstream preventable causes. I want to talk to me a little bit about nurses and particularly the ways that nursing education may or may not at least particularly right. Now be serving the very communities black mamba communities in the sense that the mamas spill is seeking to uplift nursing has both this long history of service and this long history of black and queer folk you know as as participants in the workforce and yet unfortunately at the higher echelons of power in nursing. You know it remains you know. Unbearably white on and it does not reflect the communities that we serve there have been multiple pathways to nursing education. But we have one national license as registered nurses. And so. When i tell people i have three degrees from public institutions than i maintain my are in Licensor you know. I always say yes. I'm a doctoral prepared nurse. But when i think about the entry to practice that i team which was the glory of science and arcing i have worked with associate degree nurses. I have worked with commu college. Nurses i've worked with masters nurses when you when you further complicate this around printing capable people. I have to be remiss. If i didn't say anything about the midwives and the discrediting of grand midwives those of which who were were mostly black When you think about nurse midwifery and professional mate were free. It's no different. They're a multiple to become midwives and one of the things that the mom noticed does address. Is this idea that. We want to reinvest in the black midwifery workforce because we know that they midwives dulas in partnership with communities and patients. Gift superior outcomes when we're talking about pregnant capable people that said we have not been able to stroke shirley diversified. The nursing workforce in this was further highlighted am born out by the recent future of nursing report and that there are direct instructions for schools of nursing four professional organizations in nursing for the national institutes embarrassing research which is under the national institutes of health to diversify our workforce as a potential path to improve health outcomes. So the story of nursing is both one of needing reckoning but also one of opportunity one of excitement and one of if we can really get beyond our shameful history than i think. We actually have a prime opportunity to do some really good work. If we wanted to be able to. I five midwifery could easily be built now. There are no midwifery programs at any historic black college or university if we wanted to rapidly diversified midwifery workforce we would. Bill passed a historically black colleges in university who already have health sciences on campus. Okay monica my next question is how does abortion and the access to safely terminate pregnancies fit into this broader understanding of maternal health care. We knew from national polling. That americans have been supportive of abortion rights. You know in our supportive of people being able to have timely and safe and community based abortion care for the first time ever in a supreme court case that potentially could overturn roe versus wade and has implications for casey an oscar. Fill the gay marriage decision. There is a black maternal health amicus brief that was led by the national birth equity collaborative and our good colleague. Dr julia career perry hurt game was really happy to sign onto this to make the argument. That grounded in reproductive justice that the state's rights.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Of touch with their constituents so alexis lana transition certainly within this conversation. But i do want to ask you a little bit about sort of your own professional history around this and and just kind of see if i could figure out a few things so the first is that you have been really clear that in your leadership of planned parenthood part of what you are up to one of the things you are hoping to do with the organization not like y'all don't have plenty enough else to do is to expand and diversify in a very forward facing way the way that planned. Parenthood understands its own relationship. Its own history with communities of color and other is so. Can you talk to me a little bit about why that matters in the context of this fight. Why why does it matter to go back and really think about the ways that race The ways that economic disadvantage and interestingly enough sort of the ways that even the potential narrowness of the definition woman were those capable of reproduction right who need reproductive care house all of that fit into this existential battle that planned parenthood finds itself in right. Now yeah thank you for the question. What was it is i think the most critical thing i can be focused on in this moment recognizing the fact that planned parenthood at one hundred five years old almost is a critical part of the public health. Infrastructure is a critical part of the healthcare system and we know that our patients many of them by low income deserve an incredible non-judgmental quality of care. And in order for us to do that. It means that we not only need to ensure a that we are doing everything we can to reduce thias than racial anxiety and things like that inside of their healthcare provision but also that you know as our patients come to us for things like gender. Affirming care or family planning or access to abortion. We know that when they leave they are subject to any number of injustices when they walk out of art doors so really standing with our patients. Centering them really calls to do. Work and show up differently so that we are also standing inside of the movement differently. Centering different voices as well. As standing with our a broader set of partners so that we can ensure protection of our patients at beyond sexual reproductive healthcare. Not everyone may know this but you have a little bit of a hip hop background to And some of your work with an organizing and and movement a leading in part about engaging communities at the time were young we aged now but younger communities in addressing questions of the capacity to vote and to to turn out. And have your your voices heard and always part of. It was so interesting about that moment was bringing invoices that were unexpected and simply in their unexpectedness right drawing some attention. I'm wondering if you're thinking about that relative to this fight as well are there. Some unexpected voices. We need to be hearing from like where is country music whereas hip hop on advocating for abortion access. Where are the young and the elderly. Have you been thinking about those kinds of voices solo. I mean look. I think that part of our charge this year as a as a movement and as a leader in that conversation is to earth's center the voices of the patient center the voices of the people who are being most disproportionately impacted by these bans People who could be disproportionately impacted. If roe is overturn and so i do think that artists and celebrities and folks like that that worked with over. The decades are both privately outraged also on grappling with what the public outcry might be. And i think that has been the strategy of the those folks who are antiabortion. The strategy of the anti has been to shame anyone who fights for.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Skoda's had the chance to call sb eight for what it is a blatant violation of the constitutional rights of nearly seven million texans but from voting rights to housing rights to reproductive freedom. It is clear that the courts are not on the people side but this congress is so congress has a responsibility to act. This is our moment to make this pro choice. Democratic majority house senate and white house be more than a talking for that was congresswoman ianna presley. Chair of the pro caucuses abortion. Rights and access taskforce two speaking last week about the women's health protection act which passed in the house of representatives. The bill would make abortion access of federal right and override. The growing number of abortion banned. That have been passed at the state level including eight in texas but as with many key components of the democrat controlled houses agenda. The women's health protection act has almost no chance of getting enough votes to pass in the senate which means that the most meaningful fights against abortion legislation will be happening outside the halls of congress. I'm melissa harris perry and today on the takeaway we start with a look at the nationwide strategy for borsch rights. Advocates alexis mcgill. Johnson is the president of planned. Parenthood federation of america and i spoke with her about the passage of the women's health protection act. This was absolutely historic vote when actually thank the house for passing women's health protection act. It is such an important step to protect access to save in legal abortion across this country. It would help guard against the crazy abortion. Banned that we've seen other medically unnecessary restrictions like the ones passed in texas and across the country. And it's one of many steps that we need to see to truly protect an advance abortion access now. Of course any of us who are paying attention to the world or washington. Dc know that no matter what is happening in the house the likelihood of almost anything but especially this passing through the senate seems highly unlikely. Does that in any way. Deter its relevance the reality is. The majority of americans actually support accidents to save abortion. There's no state in the nation. Were banning abortion is popular and we have seen six hundred restrictions introduced in twenty twenty one alone ninety of them have been enacted and i recognize the fact that the momentum is on our side we saw this historic vote and there are a number of champions in the senate like the bill. Sponsors like senator. Blumenthal senator bob murray. They are talking to their colleagues. We are going to be marching in the streets as on october second. Thousands of people across the country are coming together to rally for abortion justice. And so we will make you know. Our voices heard to two senators and we will send them a clear message that people want their elected officials to allow them the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions. And when you look at the at the overreach in texas on an unconstitutional ban extreme ban at that it is really galvanizing. A lot of people and they will be on the record. The senators will be on the record voting. So they need to do it. Within the spirit of whether elected constituencies are so when you make this point about the october second rally this kind of public demonstration of what has long been understood as the public opinion right. The majority of americans support Access to abortion care and support a legal and safe abortion care. Talked me about strategy. So you've got the house representatives passing legislative action even if it can't get to the senate you've got sort of a movement into sort of the movement politics right onto the streets in early. October watching what is happening in conversation with the national players. What in the world is strategy but blessed first of all we have. We have spa in texas for eight. Which is this Blatantly unconstitutional six-week man with his bounty hunter provisions. We have the supreme court taking up a case in mississippi which is a also unconstitutional. Fifteen week ban which goes to the essence of rows you essentially a defacto strategy where we could see a copy of copycat laws out of texas in about twenty five other states over the next cycle of of state legislative sessions. And then you also have the supreme court case and so the the strategy right movement strategy is to help people understand that That this is not just about texas mississippi right. This is about the impact that banning abortion happen at our doorsteps right. I mean that we need to be fighting in all of these states to wake people to what we have been saying for at least the last decade at in earnest on but really for the last fifty years almost since roe was decided at that the end game is to ban abortion and so we are We will be able to sustain this conversation starting now through that were all arguments through many a state legislative session and through the the decision day and that is going to drive a conversation about acts to portion all the way through the election and so we are in education mobilization phase there will be an accountability as as well. And that's why i think it's really important for the senate to be taking up with because there will be accountability in those votes and and people will need to understand why they're elected made a decision to not stand with the nearly twenty five million women who will lose access to a provider in their state helpful to understand why it seems to make so little difference who controls the house or who controls the white house to on the actual restriction of reproductive access. So is always so so surprising to me to look at those guttmacher charts and see the ways that you know even with a democratic president even with a democratic house and senate you see so many new abortion restrictions and in fact sometimes even faster right under democratic federal leadership. What in the world is going on with that mean we don't have laws like Like with in place to see federal legislation. That would help codify roe and stop these fans from from happening but we really have is a you know a long term power grab at the state level. that really in earnest to cold in twenty ten road the two thousand ten congress in the census redistricting that swept a lot of the seat houses. And you have you know as i said earlier. There's no state than union where banning abortion is popular and yet in state after state particularly in the south in the mid west. You have state legislatures that are dominated by a vocal minority. They have the levers of power. And so when. I look at my involvement in this guy came into the board Twenty ten and i feel like we're at halftime right. That that work is around. Power building in the states and recognizing the fact that we won't be able to pursue many freedoms right not just access to boertien on these are the same states that are restricting access to voting rights the same estates that are restricting trans rights And so really is. Even in spite of having essentially congress and the and the white house we still have these restrictions on the state level because of these lawmakers are are are protected and out.
When Healthcare Gets Politicized
"One of the most galling things that we've seen over the last year how in some states politicians have exploited this moment to try to further restrict access to the reproductive healthcare that every woman in our country should have access to. Can you talk a bit about how you responded to that as an organization but also how you've supported your providers in your patients for whom this isn't just political rhetoric. It's it has deeply personal. Covert gave us a real peek behind the curtain. To why a world without row would look like we saw at the beginning of the pandemic politicians across the country particularly those hostile to sexual reproductive health. Were using the pandemic as a cover to limit access to abortion and what we saw was not people not seeking access to abortion and sexual reproductive healthcare. We saw people in fact getting in their cars and driving fifteen hours from texas to colorado. Because they were seeking. They needed to live full and free lives. We know that without row. Roughly twenty five million women are going to be in states with respect ends might not have access and so the work that we've had to do as an organization with our partners has had to think about what is the infrastructure. Look like how do we support the travel hoped you. We support through telehealth. Where will the fights be. Move into our contentious state legislative season to ensure that the majority of people who support access to sexual and Healthcare aren't thwarted by a vocal
Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Discusses Politics
"Alexis. How are you. Oh i'm wonderful. How are you sean t. It's so good to see you again is so good to see you and i love the fact that you are. I repeat guests. Or what am i. Favor people. I know i was super ecstatic with they. Do the permanency yell a planned parenthood because vine while was there any other choice. I obviously can't tweet that. That's what a deke. So i just wanted to tweet my congratulations congratulations. Thank you thank you. I i didn't think it was gonna feel as different to become permanent. You know like when when somebody actually puts a ring on it When you live together for a long time and then you're like a that. I felt so honored and humbled that that organization in the boards would put that kind of faith in me to carry us. Forward won't the perfect well-deserved at twenty twenty was quite the year as we know in twenty twenty one is already giving twenty twenty a run for its money so i do have to get your thoughts on insurrection at the capitol because the fact is it was it is direction in way you and i had our first chat just our first girlfriend have i leading organizations chad. We talked a lot about what going on in the country particularly racially in how the trump administration was feeling a lot of the. How are you feeling about everything that has happened. It was devastating. And when you actually think about the the day of january six you know for most of us particularly i knew you were as i was like up all night watching the returns for the georgia senate race in trying to just hold onto that. Lash shred of hope. You know as you said. Twenty twenty just tried its level. Best to get rid of. And and like reverend warnock said Thirty five joy comes in the morning right. Joy will come in the morning and it did and it did by midday to watch that. Just full throated unapologetic demonstration of white supremacy and anti democracy and the weaponization of racial anxiety. Over and over again. And you you think about just like when they said win at all costs this is what they met right that they were really winning willing to destroy democracy to destroy the integrity in the belief in that just really underscores everything that america is right. We are at beth. You know we are. We are a nation state because we are imagine community right. We have to bind ourselves together with these notions and while so many particularly black women have been on the front line trying to claw our way into democracy right like foot in the door that we are not gonna let this door democracy close on as they were they're trying to destroy it and so it it. Just it's it's a wound you know to know after the november election. That half of america's still supports misogynistic patriarch girl racist. Yo pick at the same time that they are so willing to to fight for that last gas that it is just terrifying.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"The community. Despite the approval of the vaccine. We're in the middle of a covert 19 surge, and we can't let our guard down just because the first batch Vaccines have made made available. Assistant City manager Dr Colin Bridger agreed with the mayor stating that traveling for the holidays doesn't make any sense. Ah, Planned Parenthood is asking Governor Abbott not to block their Medicaid patients during the pandemic and to pull you away eyes. Austin bureau chief Chris Fox reports. This comes just weeks after an appeals court granted Texas the legal right to do it. The ruling of the fifth Circuit cleared a path for Texas to eliminate Planned Parenthood clinics from the Medicaid program, even those that don't offer abortion service. Is that prompted the Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Alexis McGill Johnson to make the following appeal to governor Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton as Texas grapples with the twin pandemics of coded 19 and systemic racism were calling on them to at least do the minimum humane thing and give a short grace period for Planned Parenthood to continue providing care just enough time to find another health care provider. Chris Fox NEWS Radio 1200 W a way to the Supreme Court's calling the Trump Administration's First to exclude illegal immigrants in the census premature. The court dismissed a lawsuit today, saying it was not yet realistic to think the administration will be able to count them so they can exclude them and called the lawsuit riddled with contingencies and speculation. Microsoft is revealing details and how Russian hackers were able to target so many government agencies and private companies. They were able to use a third party software program called Solar Winds. And there are as many as 18,000 government agencies and private companies using that software program. Hackers used updates to solar winds to install malicious codes. The mega Millions. Jackpot. Drawing set for tonight is estimated to be worth $310 million. The Powerball jackpot is almost as much that has the 304 million estimated jackpot with a $236 million cash option that drawing a schedule for tomorrow night. Get the latest news anytime anywhere. Just tell your voice activated. Smart device to play news radio 1200 w.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"That's the story that I feel we should be telling right now, Mister Crabs is a pleasure talking with you. Thank you very much. Thanks A lot. Steve Chris Crabs led the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security agency at the Department of Homeland Security. President Trump appointed him to that job and later fired him from it. During the Trump administration. Abortion rights have been restricted now, with President elect Biden coming into office. Reproductive rights advocates are expecting many of those actions. Be reversed. But as NPR's Sarah McCammon reports that might not be so easy. Sal McCloskey is feeling good about battles one under President Trump, He has probably done more pro life things than many Republicans who have had two terms. McCloskey is with the anti abortion rights group, the march for life. He points to Trump's reinstatement and expansion of the Mexico City policy, which forbids foreign aid groups who provide or refer patients for abortion from receiving US funds. The Trump Administration has made similar rules for family planning providers here at home. Those same policies that McCleskey is celebrating are a top target for abortion rights supporters who want bite into immediately reverse what they call gag rules. Alexis McGill Johnson is the president of Planned Parenthood. The harm that has been done by the Trump administration, the harm that has impacted again. A lot of low income and Rural communities around access to the basic family Planning services have been terrific. Trump's policies have reduced the availability of those services provided through the federal Title 10 program almost by half, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights. Gretchen Bore Shell with the National Women's Law Center says Biden will take office at a time when those rights are under threat on many fronts. We're at a crisis moment for access to abortions. War, Schultz says. That's not just about Trump. It's the culmination of decades of effort by groups who've worked to restrict the procedure at the state level two and so we need this administration to recognize that crisis. And take steps not on Lee to undo what the Trump administration did, which was add more and more restrictions, but actually to move us forward and get us to a better place than we have been. Meanwhile, anti abortion rights activists like Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee are fearful of what Biden's inauguration will mean I think will be a dark day in history for unborn Children. Tobias says her group will continue working at all levels of government to pass abortion restrictions, including laws aimed directly at challenging Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. We've had it for almost 50 years. There are legislators who want to be the sponsor of the bill that goes before the Supreme Court that overturns Roe v. Wade. Tom McCloskey of the march for Life, says abortion rights opponents are feeling optimistic, with three of President Trump's conservative nominees now sitting on the high court. It's not just the Supreme Court justices, but they've put in some fantastic I mean, A couple of 100. Circuit court judges as well. Polls indicate a majority of Americans support the Roe decision, which guaranteed the right to an abortion, but allowed states to increasingly limit the procedure as the pregnancy progresses. Later, rulings like Planned Parenthood V. Casey in 1992 gave states more room to regulate abortion under certain conditions, given the uncertainty around abortion rights in the courts. Biden campaigned on a proposal to codify a row in federal law. Mary Ziegler, a lot professor at Florida State University, says it's unclear what that legislation would do. We don't really know what he means by that, other than the common denominator that there's Right to worship and you can't ban abortions. But beyond that, who knows what he's talking about? Biden also would need cooperation from Congress unlikely if Republicans maintain control of the Senate. And with an increasingly conservative judiciary. There may be little Biden conduce as president to stave off a wave of abortion restrictions in Red states..
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Alexis McGill Johnson. It's been great talking to you. Thank you so much. Thanks, right. Alexis McGill Johnson is president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Women of color for progress trains. Women who want to run for public office at all levels of government co founders Karen Coronel and Amanda Farias joined to tell us more Hi, Karyn. Hi. Hi, Amanda. Hi. So, Amanda, let me start with you. You are an elected office holder, and we're going to get to that victory in a moment. But you also ran for City Council in your home district in the Bronx. And you didn't win. But you were motivated and tell us what motivated you and why you stepped up. Yeah, I was. You know someone that Came back to the Bronx after working on Obama's reelection campaign in 2012, realizing that all of the inequities and all of the things that were really important to me that were happening on a large scale federally were also happening on a hyper local level. I just saw the the gaps that were happening in our communities of misinformation or people really lacking social safety Net and services and resource is On DH. That is what Pushed me to step up. So so I lost in 2017 and realized that the community neat wanted new leadership. There was a state committee position that Had an elected there that hadn't shown up for a meeting since the year 2000 on DH, So I took that as an opportunity to continue pushing back against the establishment. Andi won just by 86 votes. So what I get to do, fortunately is B, that middle person between the assembly member and the local community members and really fighting for party reform. Hope democracy small. The democracy work for people is my job and Karen as another co founder of women of Color for Progress. Tell us how the organisation trains and supports women and also how you got involved. Yeah, it was a group of us working in different levels of city government and we were motivated by the 2016 election and also just everything we had seen within working and government and elected politics. We want to change. We wanted more representation, and we came together and felt that women of color really needed to be at the forefront of that representation. And Amanda, I'm just going to wrap up with you. So since you have run for office Andi, You know what it's like, and what the emotional journey is. And how much time it takes. What would you say to someone who was your age and who was like? Yeah, I'd like to help my community. But I'm not sure about this whole running for office thing. Yeah, I would say that it's okay to feel that way and that there are many levels to get involved. Find something that you really are passionate about whether it's climate emergency. Whether it's equal pay, whether it's you know, economic development and growth and communities or, you know, reproductive rights, find the thing that you care about and take that first step in trying to organize around that issue. On DH. Then I would say you won't know It's not for you and this you join a campaign like your your expertise is needed on every single campaign. So you have to figure out in all these little steps on all these little pieces to help you realize where you fit and how you want to fit in, But there's room for everyone..
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a new Supreme Court justice, was appointed to fill her scene with a 52 to 48 vote, Senate Republicans confirmed Amy Cockney Barrett. In a single term. President Donald Trump has appointed three of the nine judges that sit on the Supreme Court and the Trump administration has appointed roughly a quarter of federal judges on the bench. Alexis McGill Johnson is president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She's had the political battle over the court's front of mind. Thanks for joining us, Alexis. Thank you so much for having me Fry. So let's just keep it really, You know, we have a newly confirmed Supreme Court justice. She has not said what she is definitively going to do, but seems unlikely to be a big champion of reproductive rights. Do you and your colleagues at Planned Parenthood feel the despair that a lot of other people are feeling? Are you feeling Inspired to action or what's going on. First, I would say that the majority of Americans still believe that Rose should be the law of the land. We're talking 77% of Americans. And what we have in justice Parrot now is the culmination of a Siri's of power grabs. Based on rules changes from Senator McConnell and the Trump administration to rush through a Supreme Court nominee. That is quite contrary to where most Americans said And so where we sit is certainly very concerned. There are about 17 cases that are in the pipeline there, literally one step away from the Supreme Court that could create further burdens or limit access to abortion, if not outright, overturn Roe. And so we're obviously incredibly concerned, but even more concerned that we're in a situation in our democracy where the rules of the game have shifted away from the majority of the people, and that's actually just dangerous in a democracy. So you're the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and in the action, Fun Hat. One of the things that that organization with that part of your larger organization has been doing is Advocating for appointment of federal judges, and so get a little deeper into this whole question of how you interact with the whole process of who becomes a federal judge. And of course, then how that affects policy. Well, I mean, over the last four years. What we've seen is an expedition of the number of judges that between Senator McConnell and President Trump. They've confirmed over 215 incredibly conservative judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench. And you know, these judges that will sit at the circuit Court of Appeals Court, at least 10 of them have been considered completely unqualified by the American Bar Association. One judge, at least has been very vocal in similar language to judge Justice Barritt around IVF feeling that that is an unnatural Process and I think that you know where we engages. We know we continue to support the research to help our Senate colleagues understand what is at stake as they are doing their confirmation process. The reality is they've been very successful in shifting. The rules changed so that you know, we used to be able to filibuster bad judges. And now Senator McConnell changeable, so very simple majority, which is what they held over the last few years that that has allowed them to rush through the number of appointments that they've made, and that's you know, again, it's helpful to democracy. It's harmful to Into how we should be governing, and that's really bottom line with its take care. What would you see His differences between, say, a trump second term and a Biden first term since so much has already happened in the appointment of federal judges and with the Supreme Court. Look in Vice President Biden's Senator Harris. We know we have champions of sexual reproductive freedom. We know that they will be committed to everything from repealing hide to identifying ways legislatively to support legislation that could help us codify Ro federally, and I think those are the opportunities that we have. By an administration also has a ton of work to do You know, the is on the line next month, literally just a few short weeks from now, And so the other things that help us ensure reproductive freedom and access to gender equality can also be stripped away. If the ISR old unconstitutional things like having our birth control. You know, covered under the ensuring the gender discrimination doesn't happen. We don't pay more for our health care then then men, Those are the sorts of things that I think could be incredibly impactful under abiding administration. That would be exciting. I think I'd know Trump administration already living the fear of right. We're living the fear of both a Supreme Court that now he refused, appointed three of nine judges. Cementing that conservative majority we are already seeing. We've been forced out of title 10, the nation's oldest and largest family planning program, limiting access to you know, family planning in rural areas and low income communities and our response to it is, you know to continue to fight to continue, Tio You know, engaged or 16 Million supporters and demonstrate was at stake. And if we have to do that state by state because that's where the fights will turn now in the state legislatures And tell us a little bit about what Planned Parenthood does that a lot of people might not know about, including providing some health services to men and to the LGBT community, etcetera. Absolutely look. Planned Parenthood is first and foremost a health care provider for and we provide all range of sexual reproductive health. We do a lot of sexual education, outreach, and, you know, part of that education is also to our No to our legislators, Tio ensure that we have robust policies that that ensure that we're building access more access to healthcare than Les, You know, I mean, we have to remember that wrote a moment today where you know, we've just seen the every day is the next highest day of new coded transmissions over 225,000 Americans have died. In this last, you know, seven months of the pandemic and the idea that in 30 days the Senate could come together and rush through this nomination and not rush through covered, really fill not rushed through a covert testing bill not focus on the comprehensive policies around healthcare that are potentially bankrupting families. These kinds of things that as a public health care voice And if we're not out there yelling and screaming about about what's happening healthcare broadly then we're not doing our service. Well,.
Democrats continues to speak out about Trump selecting Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court
"Hearing begins. Senate Democrats are demanding Amy Cockney Barrett recused herself from any election related cases that might come before the Supreme Court again. Totally ridiculous. The president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Alexis McGill, Johnson, Claims of Amy Cockney Barrett will not stand up for women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg did. Apparently, even though Judge barrettes are highly achieved. Woman a working mom was seven Children. She is not clothed into what it's like to be a woman in today's America. Finally, there's this. Joe Biden blasted the nomination of Judge Merit plugs, claims that she will pose a threat. To the health care of millions of Americans. Nancy Pelosi joined Biden and that absurd accusation. She says that Judge Barrett could destroy life saving protections. For 135 million Americans who have pre existing health conditions, folks. The Democrats know they Khun Dune, uh, thing to stop this nomination. This is what fear and frustrate shin smell like and it reeks.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on KCRW
"Protect women's constitutional right to choose I'm proud to stand with you Baidu highlights his work on the affordable Care Act during his time as president Obama's vice president and promises to build on it until it is contrasting that record with that of president trump trump has won praise from abortion rights opponents for appointing conservative judges and for blocking organizations that provide abortions from receiving federal funds to cover other reproductive health care like birth control and STI screenings in an interview with NPR Planned Parenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson said it's urgent to reverse trump's policies I mean I think that's where most Americans are we need to be able to kind of move past this very challenging divisive polarized era and moving to a place where we can actually kind of rebuild their lives after this disaster after endorsing Hillary Clinton in the democratic primary four years ago Planned Parenthood stayed out of the primary this year while Biden has long supported abortion rights he's been seen as less progressive on the issue than many other Democrats including his former rivals for the nomination for decades he supported the Hyde amendment which bans federal funds for most abortions before reversing that position last year asked if that record could dampen enthusiasm for bite in this fall among the democratic base McGill Johnson said Biden has shown he's willing to listen and evolve what we know is that he's somebody that folks can work with we know that he will deliver on on basic I mean birth control access to abortion these are actually bread and butter issues and I think that's what we really need right now in a sign of the urgency advocates are feeling around the issue groups on both sides of the abortion debate say they're spending tens of millions of dollars this year Planned Parenthood is spending forty five million this election cycle fifty percent more than four years ago Sarah McCammon NPR news some of the worst corona virus outbreaks across the country have been in long term care facilities more than one third of all the deaths in America have been elderly residents and workers at nursing homes and assisted living facilities some states have taken aggressive actions to slow the spread of the virus in nursing homes as NPR's John Burnett reports in Texas they've called in a strike force.
A conversation about race, privilege and making space
"Watch a dot. Say Nin, hello, and welcome this unreserved on CBC Radio One I'm Rosanna dare child. In October of two thousand and eighteen I moderated, a panel called inside outside at six degrees held at the art gallery of Ontario. It's an event that invites authors, academics, politicians, and big thinkers together to discuss pressing issues. And Right, now there is one issue that has captured the world's attention. The death of George Floyd a forty six year, old, black man and in Minneapolis police officer now charged with second degree murder. His death was witnessed around the world and sparked support for the black lives matter movement with protests from Merika to Australia. We are at a turning point in our history, so we thought it was a perfect time to revisit this conversation. Today on unreserved. We're talking about power, privilege and asking. How willing are we to make meaningful change? Joining me on stage, our Alexis McGill Johnson of the perception institute. Is Your allure author speaker and Internet yeller not to know bed. National Inuit leader and president of new tap read Cana Tommy and Sassy assassin professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Okay so I'm afternoon. We're going to have a conversation around place. Power Privilege, who hasn't who doesn't and perhaps more importantly how we are shifting to create new spaces. I want to start with of course are beautiful panelists here? I want to ask you first of all to tell US share with us. Where you come from because as my elders teach, you cannot know where you're going until you know where you've come from. or at least that's what my mother would say when she sent me to the store. my first question to each of the panelists are what is the place that you come from? Perhaps we'll start with me. Thank you very much I guess I'm still trying to figure that one out. I. I thought I came from Canada. I was the young person and I'm not quite sure if that's the right. Way To think about where I'm from now. Nuts. which is. A region in new one of our four regions northern Labrador and we very recently got self-government, two thousand and five. But I grew up. There I also grew up in the United States I I grew up. Kind of between a lot of different worlds so I, Can i? Also say that I'm a global citizen as well so I am the national leader I am in Okinawa proud indigenous person. But it doesn't. Then, take back any of the other parts of me, that exist as well and I'm I'm comfortable insertive in that space, and I think that is sometimes confusing to the rest of the world that I have not indigenous ancestry as well that my mother is none dishes. That's fine and getting the acceptance from. Canada and North America that I can be indigenous, but I can also have non indigenous parts. That is a part of this power dynamic that I hope that we can discuss this afternoon about assertiveness in. Indigenous. Without the. The qualifiers that indigenous people put on us. And if we don't fit into those myriad of boxes than we somehow lose all of our rights altogether. And we will get into that because that is an interesting place of privilege to. TRY TO KICK doors. Down into so that we're GONNA. Wait to Alexa. So, we're my from. Kind of like to say I'm from a period of time. I was I was born in Nineteen, seventy two, which is important to me as a social identity really. but it's important for me. Because it was, it was halfway I was born kind of right in the middle of a post wave, second wave, feminism, and the Black Power Movement and my parents, both particularly my mother lived at the intersection of both of those movements growing up. She was incredibly active as a woman is. She, she had US marching in in our Shakey's an Afro puffs as as children I'm pretty sure I learned the words to. We shall overcome before I learned the US pledge of allegiance. My choice of professional careers always been trying to to understand interrogate these these. Frameworks power and Privilege Ed. I studied political science. Which I think is a study of power. But have found myself now consistently in these rooms, as one of few one of only, if not the only woman woman of Color, and so I've been this bridge I think kind of connecting. Connecting the dots in a lot of different iterations from a cultural perspective where I've worked with a number of artists and democratic organizations, organizing young people to the current work that we do have perception which is around translating the science of our brains and bodies understand difference in how we connect to each other in those ways.
"alexis mcgill johnson" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Now to file a brief to the Supreme Court that brief defense the birth control mandate portion of the affordable Care Act you might know it as obamacare Massachusetts now joining up with California to lead the attorneys general in this effort AG Maura Healey says decisions about birth control are for women to make not their bosses and quote certainly not the White House and quote S. mandate requires employers to include insurance coverage for contraceptive care and services to also tonight Planned Parenthood says it plans to appeal to the Supreme Court after a federal court decision on abortions in Texas acting CEO Alexis McGill Johnson says Tuesday's ruling by the fifth circuit court of appeals is unconscionable because abortion is essential and time sensitive she also said Texas governor Greg Abbott was playing politics instead of focusing on healthcare habit bandana central medical procedures last month then Attorney General Ken Paxton said the order also covered elective abortions and that its correspondent Tom Roberts seven thirty six customs and border patrol agents just got a new responsibility making sure personal protective equipment doesn't leave the U. S. at first the president said it was okay to share personal protective equipment outside the US but now that she was reporting critically low U. S. stockpile supplies president trump is ordering customs and border patrol to stop any PP exports of the border FEMA will then decide of that gear can stay or go ABC's Andy field with that report meantime here in Massachusetts deliveries of this equipment from the National Guard have started to arrive local departments like Weston fire now sharing photos of the equipment on social media thank you the card and teleconference National Guard chief Joseph Lengyel says more than twenty eight thousand guard members from every state room ball but this nearly three out of every four you see and uniforms are supporting testing sites enhancing medical capacity or delivering a critically needed medical supplies and food are likely to be guardsmen and women the card of course a big part of setting up that makeshift field hospital in Manhattan over the Javits center of the guard says they've brought more than three hundred thousand meals to to people in all five boroughs of New York and Arlington today the town bidding farewell to a ninety three year old local vet who recently passed away WBZ's Mike Macklin was there as residents put on face masks to try to protect themselves from the virus as they came together to pay tribute to a woman who served our country a line mass Avenue bundled up against a damp April day Arlington residents turned out to honor and say farewell to ninety three year old Mary Foley everybody has heard of our you know just perfect teacher it's the least we can do Michael Howard.
As Missouri Clinic Awaits Its Legal Fate, Abortions In State Have Virtually Halted
"Missouri could soon become the first state in the nation without a clinic providing abortions Planned Parenthood officials say the state's last remaining clinic has performed only a few abortions in recent months and peers zero McCammon has more the clinic is at the center of a licensing dispute between Planned Parenthood and Missouri Republican governor Mike Parsons administration and could be forced to stop performing abortions a new analysis provided to NPR by Planned Parenthood shows that the vast majority of patients seeking the procedure in Missouri have begun crossing state lines to obtain it when parenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson said the shift is the result of strict abortion laws in the state what it means is that abortion access have narrowed so dramatically that it's almost a rite in name only according to the data just three patients were provided abortions at the Missouri clinic in February of this year down from one hundred seventy four one year before a decision about the clinics fate is expected in the
Planned Parenthood CEO Dr. Leana Wen Is Out
"After less than a year in the job lean a win is out as president of Planned Parenthood and payers minister promo reports that the move comes as the organisation and abortion rights come under increasing attack Selena when left her position as Baltimore's health commissioner to lead Planned Parenthood last September replacing Cecile Richards but now the thirty six year old is out when an emergency room physician was only the second doctor to home the group in a statement posted to Twitter she says she had clashed with new board chairs over quote philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood when's removal comes at a critical moment for the organization several states have recently passed severely restrictive abortion laws that could end up before the Supreme Court ultimately overturning roe V. Wade longtime Planned Parenthood board member Alexis McGill Johnson will temporarily take over the NASA Romo NPR