Keeping Score: Gun Violence an “International Embarrassment”; Honoring Black Maternal Health Week; Biden Explores Court Expansion

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: Delta, MLB and more condemn voter suppression bills; Secretary Haaland launches commission to investigate missing Indigenous people; Biden appoints diverse group of appeals court judges; military establishes protections for trans soldiers; Arkansas outlaws gender-affirming health care; and more!

Some People See Teeming Masses. I Remember a Small Child Sharing Her Candy.

“When I listen to lawmakers demonize migrants and reduce them to numbers, I am reminded of the days I spent managing a migrant shelter in New Mexico and the people I met there. … I know from firsthand experience that the children and parents at our border right now are not national security threats. They are families faced with no good choices who made the incredibly tough decision to leave a dangerous situation for an equally dangerous journey in hope of finding safety.”

FDA Action on Telemedicine Abortion Is Just the First Step—It’s Time the Biden Administration Lets Pharmacists Dispense the Abortion Pill

It is time for the Biden administration to begin fixing inequities by ensuring that federal policies do not hinder but instead help make the abortion pill more accessible, by allowing pharmacists to dispense the abortion pill.

Making mifepristone available through pharmacies can improve abortion access—especially in rural or other areas where abortion providers and clinics are remote or unavailable. And federal action can make this a reality.

Table For 12, Please: Isabel Guzman, Small Business Administrator, Will Manage $1 Trillion in Relief

On March 16, the Senate confirmed Isabella Casillas Guzman, President Biden’s pick to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA), an agency that has seen its profile grow enormously in response to the pandemic. She is the first Latina to lead the agency and the only Latina in Biden’s diverse Cabinet.

“Now more than ever, our small businesses need us,” Guzman said.