Tag Archives: reproductive rights

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Bill Could Force IRS To Investigate Abortions…the freaking IRS! (Jezebel)
  • Arizona Legislators Pass Paranoid Abortion Bill (Huff Po)
  • Gabrielle Union: Great actress and a Planned Parenthood supporter! (AOL Black Voices)
  • South Dakota’s New Abortion Law Violates Separation of Church and State (Daily Beast)
  • Wave of Anti-Abortion Bills Advance in States (ABC News)
  • Black Women Die Nearly Four Times the Rate of Whites from Pregnancy Complications (Seattle Medium)
  • Sound-Off: ‘I Wish I’d Had Planned Parenthood’ (Essence)
  • Idaho, Kansas and Alabama All Begin 20 Week Abortion Bans (RH Reality Check)

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

  • The War On Contraception = A war on women (XX Factor)
  • Obama Sacks Bush-Era Contraception Rules (Huff Po)
  • New study shows access to over-the-counter birth control improves usage (Feministing)
  • Jacksonville, FL mayoral candidate defends his joke about bombing abortion clinics because his audience was catholic and “100% pro-life”. Apparently “pro-lifers” find death funny…who knew?! (Jacksonville.com)
  • Check out Salon’s powerful article on why men need to speak up about abortion (Salon)
  • Read up on the side effects of the GOP’s war on family planning (Wa Po)
  • Infamous, anti-choice, race-baiting billboards make their unwelcome debut in Manhattan. Their message? “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” Jiminy Christmas. There really are no words… (NBC NY)
  • Ga. Law Could Give Women the Death Penalty for having a miscarriage (Mother Jones)
  • Despite the fact that a 2006 congressional investigation found that “20 of 23 federally funded “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” contacted by staff investigators requesting information about an unintended pregnancy were told false or misleading information about the potential risks of an abortion”, South Dakota has introduced a bill that would mandate women receive “pre-abortion counseling” at these very businesses. (TPM)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier goes to bat for Planned Parenthood AND the women of America with her courageous abortion confession on the House floor (Huff Po)
  • Abortion provider, Dr. Lynette Leighton describes how a childhood friend’s attempts to self-abort inspired her to provide women with safer options and choices. (RH Reality Check)
  • South Dakota introduces legislation to allow the murder of abortion providers to be classified as “justifiable homicide”. So much for the term “pro-life”. (Feministing)
  • Oh wait, nevermind. South Dakota was just jiving us about the murder of abortion doctors falling under the umbrella of “justifiable homicide”. (Jezebel)
  • Do you think asking someone to die for your personal religious beliefs is fair and just? The Catholic church does! (Huff Po)
  • Five Ways The GOP Is Trying To Eradicate A Woman’s Right To Choose (Think Progress)
  • Awesome DC city council member introduces bill to allow pharmacists to dispense birth control without a prescription (Wa Po)
  • Check out MoveOn.org’s powerful “Coat Hanger” abortion ad, complete with famous pro-choice TV star! (Huff Po)

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)

Stacey is Here Because She Trusts Women

Looking back, I don’t think I ever made a formal, conscious decision to be pro-choice. For me, there’s never been any hand-wringing or laborious thinking about the issue of choice. I have always, always felt that the choice whether to, or when to, become a mother was the basic, fundamental right of every woman alive.

I never really envisioned myself as an “activist” either, but for me the urge to volunteer and advocate for Planned Parenthood came on strong and suddenly.

I was surfing the net one afternoon and came across this video:

I’d honestly never seen anything like it. As a former patient at a Planned Parenthood center in the Midwest, I couldn’t recall ever seeing protesters on my routine preventive care visits. Not even one.

Watching the video, I couldn’t fathom what possessed these people to stand outside of a center, where women seek out private medical care, screaming hateful, often deceptive messages.

I thought they were sick, mean, and crazy to even conceive of doing such a thing.

I hadn’t been a patient at Planned Parenthood since college, but I could only imagine how utterly horrible it would have been to have hateful propaganda screamed at me by strangers while heading into a contraception visit or annual Pap smear. Continue reading

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)