Protesters supporting “Medicare for All” hold a rally outside PhRMA headquarters April 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Feds order changes to TennCare block grant program

BY: - July 14, 2022

The federal government is ordering TennCare to change its modified block grant program a year and a half after the Trump Administration approved it just days before leaving office in early 2021. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to TennCare Director Stephen Smith last week notifying him of adjustments the […]

Memphis Councilmember JB Smiley, Jr. sponsored a resolution labeling reproductive autonomy a necessity. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Memphis City Council approves reproductive autonomy bill

BY: - July 12, 2022

(This story has been updated.) The Memphis City Council passed a resolution Tuesday labeling reproductive autonomy a necessity as part of a larger effort by local elected officials to combat strict state laws on abortion.  Last week, Memphis City Council member JB Smiley announced he would introduce a resolution aiming to discourage local law enforcement […]

Sen. London Lamar, D-Memphis, pictured here in a 2022 photo, called for the Tennessee Department of Children's Service to release five children in state custody to their parents. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Democrats introduce strategy for abortion access

BY: - July 12, 2022

Calling Tennessee’s new abortion restrictions an “abomination,” House and Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they plan to try to codify Roe v. Wade and pass other measures in 2023 to allow access to the procedure. “It is unconscionable that a group of politicians who mostly neglect families that look like mine now have the power to […]

Vice President Kamala Harris presenting a diploma to a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville on May 7. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Vice president discusses abortion access with Democratic legislative leaders

BY: - July 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris met Friday with Democratic state legislators from Indiana, Florida, South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana to discuss ways to protect reproductive rights.  “The U.S. Supreme Court took away a constitutional right,” Harris said, adding that the overturning of Roe v. Wade was one of the most pressing issues facing the […]

An abortion rally in downtown Nashville took protesters on a route to the state Capitol and the federal courthouse. Photo: John Partipilo

As abortion crisis engulfs red states, advocates press White House for a bolder plan

BY: - July 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Frustrated abortion rights advocates are imploring President Joe Biden to make sweeping moves to protect abortion access, saying now is the time for Democrats to be bold as Republican-led states rapidly implement restrictions and outright bans.  Stymied in the U.S. Senate by the filibuster, congressional Democrats are highly unlikely to approve legislation that […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order that could preserve access to abortion in some states. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Biden unveils executive order on abortion access, cites case of 10-year-old Ohio rape survivor

BY: - July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, who has repeatedly been criticized as slow to respond to a widely expected U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended the nationwide right to an abortion, signed an executive order Friday that could preserve some access to abortion in states where the procedure remains legal.  Biden in a White House speech […]

Fagustina Alvarez and daughter Brizeyda, 5, at a shower hosted at Nashville's Cathedral of Praise by Meharry Medical College.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Abortion ruling adds urgency to need for uninsured Tennesseans to gain coverage

BY: - July 8, 2022

In the decade since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left Medicaid expansion decisions to individual states, healthcare advocates have tried — and failed — to get Tennessee’s GOP-led General Assembly and Republican governors on board. The court’s decision last month ending the Constitutional right to abortion creates an even greater need for urgent action to […]

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19.(Drew Angerer/Getty Image)

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

BY: - July 4, 2022

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade on June 24. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New […]

Hope Clinic in Nashville, an anti-abortion center in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Molotov device, vandalism found at Nashville pregnancy center

BY: - July 1, 2022

Federal and local authorities are investigating an overnight attack Thursday on a pregnancy counseling center in Nashville, where a window was left smashed with an un-ignited Molotov cocktail device found inside, according to Metro Nashville police who called it the “first act of vandalism seen as related to the U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.” The […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Roe v. Wade and male contraception: An angry grandmother is confused

BY: - July 1, 2022

Now that Roe v. Wade  has been overruled, this grandmother is very confused because decisions about our bodies have been taken over by the government. Females are now subject to government control about what they can and cannot do with their ability to reproduce. So in fairness I want the next topic addressed by lawmakers […]

Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, won a third consecutive term in the Tennessee House of Representatives despite a redistricting process that moved her into a new district.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Dems call Roe v. Wade aftermath “emergency” situation

BY: - July 1, 2022

Legislative Democrats led by women are putting together a strategy to combat Tennessee abortion restriction laws triggered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Though they’ll meet fierce resistance from supermajority Republicans, the group is planning efforts to codify the constitutional right to have an abortion, in addition to legislation to change […]

Biden in January called for an end to the Senate filibuster to pass voting rights legislation during a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus. Stanley Dunlap/Georgia Recorder

Biden says he supports filibuster exception for abortion rights legislation

BY: - June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday said he supports an exception to the U.S. Senate filibuster in order to enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law, after the Supreme Court last week struck down the case that established abortion as a constitutional right.  “I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the […]