- Brace yourself for this piece of shocking news: Abortion Rises Among Low-Income Women, Falls In Other Groups. In other words, people who generally can’t afford or gain access to affordable contraception also can’t afford to have children — so they aren’t. (Guttmacher)
- Ignorant Legislator Says Women Should Plan For Post-Rape Abortion, Since “I Have A Spare Tire.” Equating keeping a spare tire with preparing for the possibility of impregnation by rape = logic and sensitivity FAIL of titanic proportions. (Jezebel)
- Illinois Sex Ed Law Requiring Teachers to Talk Contraception Passes Senate (Huff Po)
- Totally ignoring the fact that sometimes, abortions are life-saving procedures, the House approved an amendment that defunds medical schools that teach abortion. (Daily Kos)
- For instance, abortion saved this woman’s life. Read her story. (Salon)
- Get pregnant in the military as a result of a rape and need an abortion? Military health insurance doesn’t cover abortion, even in cases of rape. (AP)
- Planned Parenthood and the ACLU: Takin’ no prisoners in South Dakota. (RH Reality Check)
- Some wingnut in Wisconsin (with a gun!!!!) had big plans to “lay out abortionists because they are killing babies” at a Madison Planned Parenthood (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Posted in Rundowns
Tagged abortion, ACLU, birth control, contraception, legislature, military, Planned Parenthood, politics, pro-choice, sex ed, South Dakota
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
Posted in Legislative Watch
Tagged 1169, 1457, 2384, 2416, 2428, 2443, abortion, anti choice, Arizona, EC, emergency contraception, gender, legislation, legislative scorecard, Planned Parenthood, race, rape victims, sex ed, women's health, working poor tax credit
Since today is National Coming Out Day, I want to shine the spotlight on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. In the past few weeks, the headlines have been filled with stories about LGBTQ teen suicides, and bullying in our schools.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, LGBTQ youth are four times as likely to commit suicide as their heterosexual peers, mainly as a result of the negative attitudes about LGBTQ people that are so pervasive in our culture.
Arizona is not immune to the negative climate for queer youth in our schools. One of the challenges is that Arizona schools do not offer comprehensive sex education. Rather, they focus on abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum. Abstinence-only is a huge waste of money, and it’s harmful for all teens. But let’s look at the particular problems that abstinence-only education creates for LGBTQ youth.
Arizona does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to get married. When LGBTQ youth hear that they should remain abstinent until marriage, they may interpret that message as not being applicable to their lives. As a result, they may have unprotected sex, since teens are not getting information about how to prevent sexually transmitted infections. Is it any wonder that 1 in 4 teens in the state of Arizona has a sexually transmitted infection?
Moreover, abstinence-only curriculum contributes to negative attitudes about LGBTQ people, because it assumes that heterosexuality is the norm. When LGBTQ teens are repeatedly told that they are abnormal, they may experience depression and other mental health effects. Is it any wonder that LGBTQ youth have such alarming suicide rates?
Planned Parenthood supports comprehensive sex education for all of Arizona’s youth. We also support candidates who will support our mission of promoting and protecting every person’s freedom and right to enjoy sexual health and well-being, to make reproductive choices, and build healthy, strong families.
Please lend your support to LGBTQ youth by voting for candidates who support comprehenisve sex education in our schools. Sex ed classes may be one of the few places that LGBTQ teens hear positive messages about themselves in the schools. And we owe it to our youth to send them a positive message. For a list of PPAA-endorsed candidates, check out our 2010 voter guide.
Posted in LGBTQ, Sex Education
Tagged abstinence only, bisexual, gay, lesbian, lgbtq, queer, questioning, same sex, sex ed, suicide, teens, youth
- 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)
- 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)
If you live in Arizona’s Legislative District 26, you have a very important vote to cast for State Senator this November. Candidate Cheryl Cage is running against the incumbent Al Melvin. With your vote for Cage you can have a hand in helping ensure the women of Arizona, in conjunction with their families and doctors, will retain the right to make their own health care decisions, rather than having our state legislature make decisions for them.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed Cheryl Cage because of her respect for women and her stand on the issues. As a volunteer with Planned Parenthood and a resident in LD 26, I’m very interested in knowing a candidate’s positions on women’s health and reproductive issues, so I asked Cheryl Cage questions about her positions.
Education is at the top of Cheryl Cage’s list of important issues, so I asked if this includes age-appropriate, medically-accurate sex education for the children of this state. Cage understands that “this information is vital for the physical and emotional health of a child.” Arizona has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, yet no legislation supporting “real sex ed” has made it out of committee. With Cheryl Cage in our state senate, I believe comprehensive sex-ed classes stand a chance of being put in place and our state’s teens could be 50% less likely to become pregnant. Continue reading
Posted in Elections, Legislative Watch
Tagged Al Melvin, Arizona, Cheryl Cage, education, endorsement, family planning, legislature, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, prochoice, Proposition 107, sex ed, state senate