Tag Archives: reproductive rights

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Women with children have more abortions than anyone else, and by an increasingly wide margin. So why is the topic taboo? (Slate Double X)
  • If you couldn’t tell from recent events, in America, women’s lives are expendable. (The Hill)
  • GOP presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, is a staunch opponent of birth control and asserts that contraception is a “license to do things.” “Things” that have absolutely nothing to do with him and are none of his damn business, but that’s of no consequence to him you see. In any case, this idiotic statement confirms that Ricky doesn’t want you women having a license to “do things” in the privacy of your own bedrooms that won’t lead to serious consequences like pregnancy! Why should you have that kind of freedom? Where do you think you are, America??? (RH Reality Check)
  • In other, “Rick Santorum likes to speak out of his rectum” news, the birth control adversary recently argued that Republicans should work to lessen single motherhood in order to score political points against their Democratic rivals. You see, single mothers who run households, in Ricky’s opinion, have “a desire for government,” and thus, often vote Democrat. So let’s see if we have this straight: This dunce wants to lessen single motherhood and eliminate birth control because it gives women a “license to do things”? Mmmkay then. How exactly would you lessen single motherhood if you took away birth control? Don’t these goals wildly contradict one another? This guy is in no danger of being recruited by MENSA anytime soon, is he? (Feministing)
  • Planned Parenthood’s stellar leader Cecile Richards opines on how parents are falling short with the “sex talk.” (Time)
  • Can Herman Cain Be Pro-Life but Pro-Choice? Sorry Mr. Pizza Godfather, but no. (Slate Double X)
  • What is Mitt Romney’s real stance on women’s health? Due to his incessant flip-flopping, your guess is as good as ours. (Planned Parenthood)
  • Ten questions for anti-choice candidates who want to make abortion illegal. The first being, how much hard time should a woman do for terminating a pregnancy? I’d like to see if we could get an answer to that humdinger at the next GOP debate. (Ms. Magazine)
  • Medical science FTW: A vaginal gel developed to reduce a woman’s risk of infection with the AIDS virus also cuts the risk of contracting genital herpes! (NYT)
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Who Stands for Planned Parenthood?

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

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Wanna Know What It Really Takes to Get an Abortion? As you may have guessed, you have to wake up pretty early in the mornin’ and jump through many a hoop. (Third Wave Foundation)
  • North Carolina GOP Overrides Veto, Axes Planned Parenthood Funding (Huff Po)
  • Memo to the Administration: You Can’t Be Pro-Choice Unless You Support Equal Access (RH Reality Check)
  • We often complain about our status and rights as women in the United States, but after reading about the five most dangerous countries to live in, as a woman, it makes our struggles seem less than insurmountable in comparison. (Alaska Dispatch)
  • Alabama governor signs ban on abortion after 20 weeks. (Reuters)
  • Next month, an independent panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine will decide whether contraception is a women’s preventive health service that should be covered by all new health insurance plans and provided without co-pays. (Care2)
  • Anti-choice zealot extraordinaire, Rick Santorum, says “all abortion doctors should be ‘criminally charged.’” I don’t know what this dunce thinks they should be charged with … providing a service that’s been perfectly legal for almost 40 years? (Florida Independent)
  • AIDS infection rate remains epidemic in our nation’s capital. (WaPo)
  • Check out Medscape’s informative article on considering the failure rate of contraceptive methods before choosing which one is best for you. (Medscape)

Apathy is not an Option

I was raised in a very conservative family- sex was not discussed openly, but you certainly did not want a reputation as a “loose girl.”  How that could happen was up to me to figure out, but it had something to do with boys.  When I got to college, it was the late sixties, and love, free sex and birth control pills were everywhere! How could I deal with these new freedoms?  I was excited by the ideas, but scared of the consequences if I made the wrong choices.  In the back of my mind, I was consoled by the thought of Planned Parenthood – somewhere I could go if there were questions or issues that I could never discuss at home.

I married and raised two daughters in a home where I hoped we could discuss most anything.  I always tried to convey these thoughts:  ask me, I love you, trust me, I will not lie, and if I don’t know the answer, we will find out.  Of course, mothers and daughters cannot always discuss everything without some embarrassment or judgement, so when they were away at university, I told them, “go to Planned Parenthood – they will always be there for you.”  Continue reading

Exploring the Intersections of Faith and Reproductive Rights

Recently, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona co-hosted a workshop with Catholics for Choice, where we explored the intersections of faith and reproductive rights. Marissa Valeri, a Senior Associate in CFC’s Domestic Program, gave workshop attendees an overview of Catholic beliefs as they relate to abortion and birth control, and encouraged the audience to think about how their own religious background has influenced their views on abortion.

One of the points that really resonated with me is that Catholics believe that their individual conscience should be the ultimate guide to what is right, and what is wrong. If someone’s conscience tells them that something is morally right, they should follow their intuition, even if it contradicts a teaching from the Vatican.

I grew up in the Mormon Church. Mormons share a similar belief that everyone will be judged for their own lives and not be held accountable for something someone else does. Mormons also believe in personal revelation from God. I personally believe that if a woman prays about the decision to obtain an abortion and she feels that it is the right decision, no one is in a position to call her decision into question – not even her bishop.

Another thing that stood out for me was that even the Pope doesn’t know when life begins, or when the body receives a soul. If the Pope is the right hand of God and he doesn’t even know the answer to this question, I doubt that the debate will ever be settled. 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

  • Our beloved Arizona: the home sweet home of flagrantly anti-choice politicians. This time it’s Congressman Trent Franks who states that Planned Parenthood “kills children for profit”. Hmm…we’re a non-profit organization the last time we checked and if he’s talking about allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy, that’s been the law of the land for nearly 40 years. I can appreciate his newfound concern for the health of “children” though. That’s progress right? (Political Correction)
  • More AZ stupidity courtesy of Jan Brewer (RH Reality Check)
  • It’s odd how these anti-choice billboards never say things like “Every 21 minutes, our next possible career felon is aborted.” Cause statistically speaking, the odds of your average American becoming President are likely 25 million to one while the prison population grows exponentially with every new generation. Food for thought anti-choicers! (Jezebel)
  • Family planning organizations abroad also under threat from U.S. Republicans (Guardian)
  • Surprise! Teen Pregnancy is Really Expensive for Taxpayers (Free Times)
  • Nebraska Denies Prenatal Care to Undocumented Women. Translation: They’re only “pro-life” and concerned with the well-being of a fetus if it’s Mommy is a U.S. citizen (Mother Jones)
  • Teenage Fatherhood Stunts Educational Development (Red Orbit)
  • Former PA senator and anti-choice zealot, Rick Santorum, says abortion is to blame for social security insolvency woes. ABORTION! Not common sense items like: the failure of our government to tax high income workers a SS tax on ALL of their wages rather than just a small percentage, their failure to limit benefits for wealthy retirees, further limiting the benefits early retirees would receive, etc.. Yeah, none of those things. It’s all the fault of women and their ridiculous right to choose whether or not they give birth! (L.A. Times)