In the craziness of the last few weeks (Texas! North Carolina! SCOTUS! Natural Disasters! ‘Under the Dome’ is terrible!) a few important stories got dropped.
- The US Department of Education reminded schools that under Title IX, pregnant students must be given the same consideration as students with other kinds of medical conditions – including having pregnancy-related absences excused, having access to at-home educational programs, and being allowed to return to academic and extracurricular activities when they go back to school. (While pregnant students have always been included in Title IX, their rights are often violated, and teen pregnancy slashes a young woman’s likelihood of earning a high school or college diploma.)
- In the Massachussets special election to replace Senator John Kerry, who left the Senate to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, pro-choice Democrat Ed Markey beat Gabriel Gomez, who calls himself “pro-life” and supported a 24-hour waiting period.
- The question of religious employers covering birth control for their employees is settled. The Obama administration announced plans to move forward with the original proposal for Obamacare.