Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Scientists Debunk Belief That The Pill Causes Weight Gain (Jezebel)
  • Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) is amazed Black folks like Obama have the audacity to believe it’s a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants to give birth (Talking Points Memo)
  • Fighting for the right to deceive: One of the largest networks of Christian pregnancy centers, opposes a proposed bill in Washington State that would require “crisis pregnancy centers” to tell potential clients that they do not perform abortions, refer for abortions, give out comprehensive birth control, or provide medical care for pregnant women. (Seattle PI)
  • Sweet! Medicaid expands access to birth control (Politico)
  • A new study in The New England Journal Of Medicine suggests that abortion is less likely to cause psychiatric issues than having a baby and keeping it (AP)
  • More proof that a pharmacists right to not dispense medication they take moral issue with takes priority over a woman’s right not to bleed to death (RH Reality Check)
  • Oh Puleeeeeeze! Republican Senator from our great state of Arizona, Linda Gray, has determined that abortion rights are more at fault for the tragic shooting in Tucson earlier this month than our gun-control laws. (Huff Po)

Time to Mobilize to Protect Women’s Health

Thanks to everyone who attended the Roe v. Wade Happy Hour on Friday, January 21st. We had a great turnout at the Javalina Cantina on Friday, including State Senator Linda Lopez. Senator Lopez addressed the crowd, telling us that we face a difficult environment in the state legislature for women’s health. But now is not the time to retreat; now is the time to mobilize to protect women’s health.

You can stand up for women’s health by signing up for Women’s Health Lobby Day. We will be meeting with our state representatives and addressing pending legislation that will impact women’s health in the state of Arizona. This is a great opportunity to learn how our state government works, as well as to meet other pro-choice advocates from around the state.

Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest action alerts. And if you haven’t already signed up to volunteer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, send us an e-mail to find out when the next volunteer training will be. We’d love to have you join our fabulous Community Action Team.

Thanks again to everyone for celebrating Roe with us on Friday. We can’t wait to see you at Women’s Health Lobby Day, and other events in the future!

STI Awareness: Human Papillomavirus and the HPV Vaccine

Virus-like particles, which mimic the outer shell of HPV, are used in the HPV vaccine to induce an immune response against the virus. Image obtained from cancer.gov.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, which gives us an opportunity to learn about the virus that causes most cancers of the cervix (as well as other cancers). More than six million Americans are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) every year, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. There are more than 100 different strains of the virus, some of which can cause genital warts and others of which can lead to cancer. In most cases, an HPV infection will clear up within eight to 13 months, but it can lurk undetected for years, which makes cancer screening very important for anyone who has been sexually active.

Most sexual activities – especially those involving genital-to-genital contact, i.e., vaginal and anal intercourse or simply rubbing genitals together, but also those involving oral and manual contact – can transmit HPV. Although HPV is best known for its connection to cervical cancer in women, it can affect either sex and cause cancers of the vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, anus, oral cavity, or pharynx.

Together, HPV-16 and HPV-18 cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers. Fifty percent of U.S. women who die of cervical cancer have never had a Pap smear; in countries without widespread access to Pap smears, cervical cancer remains a major cause of death.  Continue reading

Will You Be Attending the Roe Luncheon?

Volunteers at the 2010 Roe Luncheon in Tucson

This post refers to the 2011 Roe Luncheon. Information about 2012’s event can be found on our website.

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which recognizes a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona invites you to join us for our annual Roe v. Wade anniversary luncheon.

The Tucson luncheon is on Thursday, February 17, at the Doubletree Hotel. Our emcee will be David Fitzsimmons, of the Arizona Daily Star. We will be honoring Patti Caldwell, formerly the executive director of Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona, for her years of service. We are very excited to be featuring Amy Allina as the keynote speaker at the Tucson luncheon. Ms. Allina is the Program Director of the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN). Amy is also a founding coordinator of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, a national initiative working to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action. Continue reading

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • This has GOT to be some kind of record: 90 Teens Pregnant in one Memphis High School (Jezebel)
  • How the Hyde Amendment violates the civil rights of women (Huff Po)
  • And since it violates our civil rights so egregiously, Republicans are chomping at the bit to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Naturally. (Politico)
  • 2011 won’t likely be a banner year for choice in general, thanks to our legislators (RH Reality Check)
  • Rabid anti-choice terrorist planning a presidential run and would like to show graphic TV ads featuring aborted fetuses during the 2012 Super Bowl (The Raw Story)
  • The Nation has an interesting article on the benefits of using contraceptives (The Nation)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America honors our former (and fabulously pro-choice, pro-woman) Governor Janet Napolitano (New American)

Speak Up at Women’s Health Lobby Day

Volunteers at 2010 Women's Health Lobby Day

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona invites you to our 2011 Women’s Health Lobby Day at the State Capitol. Be our guest for lunch, listen to great speakers, and meet with your legislators!

Join us at the Capitol in Phoenix to learn about important issues affecting access to health care and reproductive rights in our state. Learn how the process of law-making works and how YOU can make a difference by advocating for a more pro-choice, pro-woman and compassionate Arizona. Continue reading

Roe v. Wade: Here to Stay, or Fading Away?

You’re invited to join Planned Parenthood’s Community Action Team and Feminists for Choice for a casual happy hour event this Friday, January 21st at 6:00 PM as we celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Meet other pro-choice advocates from the Tucson area and find out how you can stand up for choice in 2011. We’ll provide information about the different volunteer opportunities with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, including our upcoming Women’s Health Lobby Day. We’ll also have a raffle and other fun activities.

There is no cover charge to attend the event, but guests should plan on buying their own food and drinks. For more info, please send us an e-mail. To RSVP, please visit our Facebook page.

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • National Abortion Rates Plateau, While Protests Increase (Time)
  • American parents say: “It’s our job to teach our kids about sex.” (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Highly undesirable anti-abortion bills proposed in FL and NE (Ms. Magazine)
  • Taking birth control pills on a 24-day regimen may be more effective than the standard 21-day regimen. (L.A. Times)
  • What issue dominated state legislative trends in 2010? If you guessed abortion restrictions, you’d be correct! (Guttmacher)
  • One of the many horrors of HPV: oral lesions! Yikes. (Clinical Advisor)
  • Anne Davis MD, MPH, and Medical Director of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, says forcing pregnant women to stay that way ignores medical risks of pregnancy. (NY Times)
  • Legislators trying to restrict access to abortion are nothing if not creative: The state of Maryland may mandate wider doors at clinics knowing they won’t be able to afford them and will be forced to shut down as a consequence. (Change.org: Women’s Rights)
  • Conscience clauses, which allow pharmacists and medical personnel to refuse patients birth control and other medications they believe to be abortifacients, can be deadly according to this article. What puzzles me is why these people would go into a field where such medications are commonly and routinely provided and then assert that it’s “against their personal morals” to dispense these drugs. Isn’t that sort of like me, a vegetarian, purposely getting a job at a steak house where I know meat is served constantly and then refusing to serve customers anything other than vegetables because of my beliefs? I’m pretty sure that not complying with your job description is a terminable offense in any other profession. (Care2)

Despite Being a Red State, Arizonans Support Choice

Tabling with VOX at Terry Goddard's rally at the UofA

I started volunteering for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona when I moved to Tucson for my sophomore year of college. I was drawn to Planned Parenthood because I saw in the organization a combination of two things I wanted to be a part of: pro-choice feminism and political activism. My first event was a crowd canvass at a local street fair. I was not the sort of person who regularly spoke to strangers, let alone asked them for their signatures on pro-choice petitions. But I quickly got over the awkwardness and discovered I loved it. People were overwhelmingly supportive and grateful for our presence. There were those who ignored us and moved on, but they were few and far between. I remember the men and women who smiled, not the ones who rolled their eyes.

The next few events I attended were much of the same. People were friendly and supportive. I kept volunteering for the rest of the year and began attending VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood) meetings as well.

This past summer I returned home to Illinois to spend the school break with my family. Bored and unemployed, I applied for an internship with Planned Parenthood of Illinois, and a few months later got the job. Continue reading

Planned Parenthood’s Thoughts and Prayers Are with Rep. Giffords

PPAA volunteers, Cheryl Cage, and Nancy Young Wright with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during 2010 campaign season

Statement from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Bryan Howard, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, on shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords:

 

“The thoughts, wishes, and prayers of the entire Planned Parenthood family are with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and all of the victims of the tragic shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. Congresswoman Giffords is an invaluable and indefatigable advocate and public servant whom we respect for her courageous leadership on behalf of the people of Arizona and women everywhere. She is a fearless champion of health care for all Americans, and she played a vital role in the passage of the most important health care legislation in our nation’s history. She is a close friend of Planned Parenthood, and our staff and supporters in Arizona and across the country fervently hope for her recovery. We mourn all who were killed in this tragedy, and we will keep their families in our thoughts and prayers.”

Please feel free to leave your wishes for Rep. Giffords in the comments section.