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Look Out Ladies: Anti-Woman Bills from the Arizona Legislature Are Coming Your Way!

For many people, the start of the New Year is marked by plans and vows to make life changes and start fresh. Some people go on diets , some give up nasty habits, and others reconcile differences with loved ones. Then there are those who set out to impose on the lives and health of millions of Arizonans, as is the case of for 61 of the 90 Arizona Legislators. This year’s legislative session was a deliberate, detrimental attack on women’s freedoms, women’s health and the intelligence of women to make decisions regarding their own bodies, their fate and their lives.

Through the nine anti-choice bills that were proposed by members of the House and Senate, opponents of Planned Parenthood sought to mandate regulations that try to eliminate abortion out of existence, stigmatize not only abortion, but the individuals who seek this type of medical care as well as harass the Planned Parenthood network including patients, staff, volunteers and supporters.

House Bill 2416 is one of the bills that try to eliminate abortion out of existence. It redefines taking the abortion pill as “surgery.” It is clearly an unnecessary, extravagant, over-regulation that will result in more than half of Arizona’s miniscule population of abortion providers becoming ineligible to provide care. Women who live in Arizona’s rural areas will lose access to abortion entirely, as abortion-by-pill is currently the only form of care outside Phoenix and Tucson. Because abortion-by-pill is used by women in the fifth to ninth week of pregnancy, this proposal aims to reduce abortion early in pregnancy which could result in more surgical abortion which is potentially riskier than by pill. Continue reading

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • A victory for no one: Mike Pence’s fight against Planned Parenthood will actually cause MORE abortions (Salon)
  • Are all the attacks on abortion by various states making your head spin? Me too. Here’s a handy guide to help you keep track of how our health choices are under seige nationwide (National Partnership for Women and Families)
  • Alabama “Personhood” Law Could Ban All Abortions (Jezebel)
  • Money NOT Well Spent: Bristol Palin’s Nonprofit Paid Her Seven Times What It Spent On Actual Teen Pregnancy Prevention. #Fiscal FAIL (Think Progress)
  • Terrorizing Abortion Providers: The “Other Abortion War” Quietly Continues (RH Reality Check)
  • Nancy Pelosi reminds us all that the U.S. is actually fighting a 3rd war. The war on women and women’s health. (CNN Political Ticker)
  • Ohio Abortion Heartbeat Bill Approved By House Panel (Huff Po)
  • Scottsdale School District Debates Updated Sex Education Curriculum (TheBody.com)
  • Dispensing heaping doses of judgment but not medication: Illinois Pharmacists can now legally opt not to do their jobs by denying women Emergency Contraception (Care2 Blog)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Craptastic Kansas “Mega Bill” Would Deny Non-Profit Status to Abortion Providers (Feministing)
  • Newsflash America- Planned Parenthood Isn’t Making Your Daughter Promiscuous! (The Stir)
  • Check out this informative piece on the fight for federal funding of Title X (MSNBC)
  • Even though it’s been deemed “The Morning After Pill”, EC works the day before too! (Time)
  • Texas teens stormed their State Capitol this past Tuesday demanding medically accurate, fully comprehensive Sex Ed (Reuters)
  • Canadian magazine wonders “After decades of research, why is there still no contraceptive pill for men?” (This Magazine)
  • Texas lawmakers approve bills requiring ultrasound before abortion (CNN)
  • The mom whose young daughters face ended up on a race-bating anti-choice billboard in NYC wants an apology from the group responsible for the ad (and rightfully so!). But for some reason, I have a hunch that no apology cometh. (WSJ)
  • Prepare to be stunned: A new report found “solid evidence that anti-abortion legislation has an impact on the childbearing decisions of women.” Who would have ever guessed that??? (US News)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Women seeking birth control subjected to unnecessary pelvic exams (MSNBC)
  • ACLU Cites Walgreens For Refusing Emergency Contraception to Men (Time)
  • Dr. Carhart to Face Firestorm in Maryland, More Stalking (Ms. Magazine)
  • If there’s one thing riles up the anti-choice crowd, it’s giving women new ways to prevent pregnancy (RH Reality Check)
  • Personhood amendment proposed to wreak havoc in Florida (FL Independent)
  • The next two years are definitely NOT going to be a picnic for choice: Boehner Hardens Anti-Choice Agenda in Next Congress (Women’s eNews)
  • Pope OK’s Condom Use- But Only if You’re a Gigolo (RH Reality Check)
  • Sarah Palin’s Alaska Riddled with Gonorrhea (Huff Po)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Study: Teen Girls More Likely to Have Risky Sex Than Teen Boys (Time)
  • Fighting the Black Anti-Abortion Campaign: Trusting Black Women (On The Issues)
  • Can anorexia lead to unplanned pregnancy? (Salon)
  • Fighting for our rights: The Center For Reproductive Rights Takes FDA Back to Court Over Morning-After Pill (CRR)
  • ‘Hyper-Texting’ Teens More Likely to Have Had Sex, Tried Drugs (Time)
  • What pro-lifers can learn from the Princeton abortion conference (Slate)
  • Is It Harmful to Take Emergency Contraception Multiple Times? (RH Reality Check)
  • Unintended pregnancies aren’t ‘accidents’ (LA Times)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • New bill would set strict disclosure requirements for crisis pregnancy centers in NY (WSJ)
  • Rachel Maddow Narrating Special on George Tiller, Murdered Abortion Doctor (Huff Po)
  • Help Planned Parenthood raise one million voices that can say that affordable, accessible birth control matters, and must be part of health care reform by signing this petition (PP Action)
  • Americans Overwhelmingly Support Eliminating Co-Pays for Contraception (RH Reality Check)
  • 10 Myth-Busting Facts About Medical Abortions (Ms. Magazine Blog)
  • What If Birth Control Were Free? More Women Would Use It (Jezebel)
  • Doctors let woman die rather than harm her fetus (Women’s Rights)

Pro-Choice News Rundown

  • How the Hyde Amendment negatively affects the reproductive rights of women in poverty (CRR)
  • Help take action against anti-choice attacks on the newest emergency contraception pill Ella (NARAL)
  • New study shows abortion does not cause mental health problems for adolescents (Guttmacher)
  • How the recession has altered the childbearing plans of American women (Guttmacher)
  • U.S. teens not being given complete sex ed (Broadsheet)
  • Anti-choice politicians increasing in number (Huff Po)
  • Why access to safe abortions are a key component of ending maternal mortality (FPN)