Planned Parenthood is beginning to feel the results of votes by state legislatures to cut its tax funding, along with cuts in Title X monies at the federal level. In Indiana, a state law cutting Medicaid funding for the abortion provider went into effect in early May. State laws cutting funding to clinics that perform abortions have also been implemented in Kansas and North Carolina, and Wisconsin�s pro-life Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign a state budget that includes similar funding cuts.
Struggling with budget deficits, the state of South Carolina announced that it will not be funding the GOP’s first in-the-South presidential primary in February. The GOP contends, however, that it will move forward with the primary regardless of the cost, even if the Republican Party must raise $1.5 million to run it.
Last September, Congressional Democrats attempted to insert a provision into a military spending authorization bill that would have ended the longstanding ban on elective military abortions at overseas hospitals. As a result, the spending bill failed and the ban remained in effect. Now, California's liberal Senator Barbara Boxer (left) has elected to make military abortions a focal point by introducing the MARCH for Military Women Act (Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health).
As travelers and state governments across America fight back against invasive screening by the Transportation Security Administration at airports, the TSA is actually expanding its operations covering busses, trains, ships, ferries, subways, and even highways. But critics, who say the methods are unconstitutional and often constitute sexual assault, are up in arms.
In 1846, in the aftermath of the U.S. annexation of Texas, Mexican forces attacked Americans at Fort Brown, Texas, at the Rio Grande River — in part over a border dispute. Later, the city of Brownsville, named after Major Jacob Brown, grew around the fort and presided over much of Texas’ rich and colorful history. Contributing to that history is the beautiful Rio Grande River, which is also the international border between the United States and Mexico. Nowadays, the city finds itself in the uneasy position of, once again, defining that border. Parts of the city and the lush farmlands around it (known in Texas as “the Valley”) are now severed by an ugly 18-foot iron fence that has forever altered peaceful Valley life and stands as a harbinger of uncertainty and discord as border tensions escalate. The New American traveled to Brownsville to investigate the fence and its unintended consequences.