Starting off with the name, "Womens' Right To Know":
"The Women's Right to Know Act provides basic information so women may be empowered with this knowledge to make decisions on a very important issue for themselves. In many times, this decision is made at a time of crisis and this is basic information that women should have," [Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville] said.
The short version is, the bill mandates a 24-hour waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion, during which time she's meant to look over
information on health risks, fetal development, "fetal pain" and possible psychological problems linked to abortion.
The bill also calls for the creation of a state Web site to display the information. And doctors would have to report their compliance to the state.
Above from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune piece on this.
Thoughtful of them to go empowering people (specifically, women-type people) with knowledge during National Women's History Month.
Ok, maybe "thoughtful" isn't the word I'm grasping for here.
Meanwhile, in the Land of Lincoln, Illinois House approves birth control coverage bill:
Illinois insurers would have to offer coverage for birth control for women under a proposal that the Illinois House passed Friday.
The bill would require policies to cover the costs of contraception and of necessary visits to a doctor.
[. . .] "This is an issue of healthy women and healthy families," said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago. "And this is also simply an issue of fairness."
Although the cynic in me says there's really no difference between the major parties, guess which state went Democratic in the last election, and which one went Republican, based on these pieces of legislation.
Three guesses, the first two don't count.