2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Washington lawmakers are currently debating a measure that would require almost all health insurers to cover abortion.
A state Legislature actually wants to strengthen women’s access to abortion — and it’s not even April Fools’ Day!
The Reproductive Parity Act passed the Democrat-controlled statehouse in February, with a religious conscience exemption for employers and insurance carriers that oppose abortion. Supporters are optimistic that they will have the votes to pass the measure if it reaches the floor, but Democrats have a very narrow majority in the state Senate and a yes vote could prove tricky.
Democrats have 26 seats to the Republicans’ 23, but as the New York Times notes:
The Republican minority was joined in December by two Democrats, creating a bipartisan ruling group. The coalition’s majority leader, Senator Rodney Tom, a Democrat, supports abortion rights, but many of the members of the coalition he leads go the other way. That means that if the bill reaches the floor, passage would require a flip side of the leadership coalition — Democrats leading the yes votes, presumably with Senator Tom back among his old caucus.
But Washington has a history of supporting abortion rights. The state legalized abortion through a popular vote in 1970, three years before the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, and reproductive rights advocates view the Reproductive Parity Act as keeping with Washington’s pro-choice track record.
“Today every carrier and nearly every plan in Washington already covers abortion,” Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest CEO Elaine Rose told the Senate Health Care Committee on Monday. “The Reproductive Parity Act will keep it that way.”
While lawmakers in North Dakota and Arkansas prepare for legal challenges to state bans on abortion at six and 12 weeks, respectively; Washington’s decision to buck the national trend of restricting women’s access to abortion has come as a relief to many advocates for women’s reproductive rights. (This one included.)
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.