The past couple years have been rough for Planned Parenthood. As Congress ushered in Health Care Reform, we have seen definite losses to women’s health care rights. In 2010, the leadership in the House of Representatives shifted to Republican and Republicans increased in number in the Senate. The very conservative Tea Party became a large voice in this new Republican Party and are outspoken opponent’s of women’s health rights.
Nationally, 89 new laws were enacted in 2010 that affect reproductive health care rights. Of these, 39 of them in 15 different states pertain to abortion. Fourteen states introduced measures to restrict insurance coverage of abortion.
In 2011, 162 new provisions were introduced and 49% of those restricted access to abortion. Five states restricted funding to family planning providers.
Arizona passed five new laws further restricting abortion that effectively required Planned Parenthood to cease abortion services at seven of its health centers. Women living in rural areas will be the most adversely affected by these new restrictions. Continue reading
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- Read about the many challenges ahead in government now that anti-choice politicians have gained numbers in the House and the Senate (Raising Women’s Voices)
- Colorado voters reject “fetal personhood” initiative, but that won’t prevent similar measures from being on future ballots in other states (Ms. Magazine)
- Planned Parenthood is keeping score of reproductive rights wins and losses with its spiffy looking election map (PP Action)
- Wannabe abortion bomber pleads guilty to charges (RH Reality Check)
- Hope you’re sitting down for this stunning shocker: Recent study indicates oral sex leads to intercourse among teens! (CBS News)
- The hard road ahead: Anti-choicers outnumber supporters of choice by devastatingly large margins in the upcoming 112th Congress (NARAL)
- Why Medicaid Coverage for Births and Family Planning Services is Essential (Guttmacher)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona supports Rita Dickinson for State Senate in Legislative District 11.
District 11 consists of North Central and Northeast Phoenix as well as parts of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.
An ardent enthusiast of education, Ms. Dickinson obtained her Masters in Special Education from Northern Arizona University and has served the community’s education needs in a myriad of ways. She has worked as a Special Education teacher and administrator, has co-authored children’s science books, served as a Program Specialist for Arizona’s Department of Education, and is President and co-owner of A.M. Publishing.
Ever the advocate for women, she is also the Founding Chair for Phoenix’s Race for the Cure chapter, which has raised over $18 million to fight breast cancer since it’s inception in 1993.
Among her many pro-choice viewpoints, Ms. Dickinson has indicated strong support for Roe v. Wade and the right of women to choose abortion, medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education in schools, mandating that all pharmacies must dispense emergency contraception and other forms of birth control, and health insurance coverage for contraception.
To get involved with Rita Dickinson’s campaign or to make a contribution, please visit her website. Continue reading
- Comprehensive sex education gets an infusion of much needed funding from the Obama Administration (Guttmacher)
- A new bill in PA would block abortion coverage for rape victims who don’t report and name assailant within 72 hours. (Post Gazette)
- More young adults are using condoms according to a new survey on sexual behavior from the Journal of Sexual Medicine (NYT)
- Five anti-choice candidates to fear this election season (Women’s Rights)
- Teen birth rate drops in U.S., but not for Hispanics (MedPage Today)
- Comprehensive Sex Ed: Teaching the Teachers (RH Reality Check)
- FDA approves oral contraceptive containing folate (MedPage Today)
The University of Arizona mall was packed with students yesterday. Terry Goddard was the keynote speaker at a rally organized by several student organizations, included VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood. Other Democratic candidates for office, such as Rodney Glassman, Chris Deschene, and Penny Kotterman, also spoke to the enthusiastic crowd. And as usual, Planned Parenthood volunteers showed up in droves at the event to show their support for the PPAA-endorsed candidates.
Terry Goddard emphasized that if he is elected governor, his top priority will be education, because education is the key to Arizona’s economic recovery and its ability to compete in a world market. He closed his remarks by urging people to get involved by committing to tell ten people about what the election means to them. Continue reading
We’re just a few weeks away from the November election. That means it’s crunch time for getting out the pro-choice vote!
This election is the most dangerous Arizona women and families have ever faced. That’s because it is possible that politicians who oppose women’s health care and prevention-focused sexual health education could sweep every one of the state’s five major statewide offices. This would represent the first time since Roe V Wade that every one of Arizona’s statewide offices will be held by anti-choice officials.
30 Days for Choice!
Follow Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona on Twitter and Facebook so you can get the facts about some of Arizona’s candidates. We’ll keep you informed about the pro-choice candidates, and let you know how you can get involved to make a difference in the outcome of the November election.
Let’s get out the pro-choice vote! Please invite your family and friends to follow Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. Each of us can make a tremendous difference. So stay tuned . . .
Arizona offers voters the option of registering to vote through the Permanent Early Voter List. Putting your name on the Permanent Early Voter list means you will automatically receive an Early Voting Ballot for every election that you are eligible to participate in without the need to request a ballot for each election.
Early ballots provide voters several advantages:
1. No need to stand in line. I hate to stand in line. Anywhere. Sending an early ballot in the mail means I don’t have to plan my day around a trip to the polling location. It doesn’t get any better than that.
2. Take your time filling out the ballot. Early voting ballots can be filled out at home. You can take your time reading about the candidates and consulting voter education guides, such as the list of pro-choice candidates compiled by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. No need to memorize a list of names that you’ll be voting for, because you can fill out the early voting ballot at your leisure. Continue reading