Monthly Archives: January 2011

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.

Join us for the Annual Roe v. Wade Luncheon

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

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) is proud to present the 38th Annual Roe v. Wade Anniversary Celebrations in Central, Northern and Southern Arizona. During this five-city celebration in the months of February and March, we will recognize the 38th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court victory, and conclude our 75th anniversary in Arizona. Attendees will hear from inspiring keynote speakers, and also honor our very special friends who have advanced a prevention agenda in the state of Arizona.

Funds raised at the Roe v. Wade celebrations will support PPAA’s work toward a prevention agenda at all levels of government during 2011, including local school boards and the Arizona legislature. Donations will also support our strategies to elect pro-choice leaders who will stand up for women, choice, and access to health care.

With each ticket purchase you become a member of PPAA, which includes benefits like primary and general election voter guides, direct candidate support via our Political Action Committee, regular communication regarding our endorsed candidates and women’s health news. Donations to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona are NOT tax-deductible. Contributions from business corporations and unions are prohibited.

We look forward to seeing you at the celebrations below (click on the city for full details and to purchase tickets): Continue reading

Amanda is Here Because Women Deserve Better Than Forced “Choices”

Canvassing in LD17 with David Schapira

“She heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors. They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore. God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes. ‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose.”

I remember hearing those Everlast lyrics one day when I was a teenager. My thoughts were very different then, but I was at a different stage in my life. I was a devout Baptist.

As a doting follower, I felt that part of my salvation relied upon opposing abortion. What did that mean to me? That there were lost souls in the world “killing babies” and that it was my duty to stop this atrocity. It meant that I was right because I had the Bible and Jesus Christ on my side, and anyone who opposed me was blinded by Satan and obviously wrong. To be frank, I knew absolutely nothing about abortion; not what it truly was or the reasons for women seeking it. I opposed it because my faith told me to, and it wasn’t a big deal to me.

A few years later, I feel that I was given a dose of my own medicine. Continue reading

Enter Birth Control Matters Video Contest, Win Fabulous Prizes!

Have you got mad video skills? Want to make a video that matters and be eligible to win fabulous prizes at the same time?

The Birth Control Matters Video Contest has issued a call for the public to produce a 30-second Public Service Announcement about why birth control is important to them and why it is a vital part of preventive health care. The winning PSA will receive $2,500 and expenses paid for VIP attendance to two of the events where their PSA will be presented.

Submissions should be received via e-mail by January 27, 2011. This contest is open to all Arizona residents and full-time students at Arizona colleges and universities. Contestants must be 18 years or older to enter.

Five PSAs will be chosen from all submissions to be considered for the winner of the contest. The top five PSAs will be loaded on the Planned Parenthood Arizona YouTube channel and will be shown to attendees at Roe v. Wade celebration events during the months of February and March.

  • Each PSA submission should embrace the following vision:
    Together we will create the healthiest generation ever by putting sexuality education and sexual health care in the hands of young people – giving them the information and power they need to shape a healthier future.
  • The PSA should also emit the following values: honesty, inclusion, fairness and respect.

Planned Parenthood Arizona provides vital reproductive health care information and services to tens of thousands of people – young and old – every year. We have been in the community for more than 75 years and access to birth control is central to our mission because it is important to those we serve.

For more information about the Birth Control Matters Contest, please visit us on Facebook.