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
Posted in Elections
Tagged abortion, birth control, election, health care reform, legislature, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, politics, pro-choice, reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade, state senate, women's health
- 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)
Posted in Rundowns
Tagged abortion, AIDS, anti choice, birth control, contraception, health care, legislature, politics, pro-choice, reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade, women, women's health
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is from Leslie Levy, one of our fabulous Community Action Team volunteers.
When I was single, I spent the third decade of my life working for a traveling healthcare company. I would spend months at a time in different cities across the United States working as an Occupational Therapist. This was in the 1990s to be exact. I was always conscientious about Pap tests, and mammograms. And, as a traveler, I would often get caught out on assignment at a time when my annual physical exams were due.
What’s a woman to do in a case like this? Go to the local Planned Parenthood, of course. Go to their medical office where you can get wellness checks, along with meeting some fantastic people at the same time. I used Planned Parenthood for my annual wellness checks for 10 years. I was so grateful that there was a place where a young woman on her own could find healthcare.
A woman’s wellness checks are intimate and can often be embarrassing. You don’t want to talk about your reproductive choices, have your boobs fondled, and spread your legs for just any doctor you find in the yellow pages. And, as a woman, you can’t trust any doctor you find in the yellow pages. You need a doctor who is trained to give you all the information and care you are supposed to have. Continue reading
- Woman Sues Over Ex-Boyfriend’s Heinous Miscarriage Billboard. Ugh. (Jezebel)
- Apparently, Americans are sick and freaking tired of Congress’s obsession with restricting abortion. Nice sentiment but they should have thought about that before electing these clowns into office. (Politico)
- Abortion “showdown” could cost Indiana $4.3 billion. And it’s a “showdown” they ain’t gonna win anyway. So move on already Hoosier State. (AP)
- Ohio Lawmakers Vote to Ban Abortions at Publicly Funded Clinics, Hospitals. No word yet on whether there will be exceptions based on the life and health of the mother but if you remember the debacle at St. Joseph’s in Phoenix a while back, it’s probably safe to assume there won’t be any exceptions. (RH Reality Check)
- Ovarian cancer screening doesn’t actually save lives? Someone should probably alert the medical field about that. (MSNBC)
- Remember those anti-choice billboards targeting blacks stating “The Most Dangerous Place For an African American Is The Womb”? Well, now Latinos are the target. Wonder if white women will be next? Something tells me no. (The Daily Caller)
- The Pill does not cause weight gain. However, food, in large quantities without adequate exercise, does. (EurekAlert)
- The CDC estimates that 20% of people infected with HIV don’t know it and one-third are diagnosed so late in the course of their infection that they develop AIDS within one year. This is why it’s so important to be tested regularly! (USA Today)
- When in Doubt About Sexual Health, Teens Turn to Google. Not their parents, Google! (Huff Po)
Posted in Rundowns
Tagged abortion, AIDS, anti choice, birth control, congress, contraception, HIV, Indiana, ovarian cancer, sexually transmitted disease, the Pill, women, women's health
- If you hadn’t noticed, the fight for control over women’s bodies is more contentious than ever. (NYT)
- In taking a dig at Romney’s health care mandate in Massachusetts, our soon-to-be fellow Arizona resident Sarah Palin claims she doesn’t care for “any level of government telling us what to do” with regard to health mandates. That’s actually really funny coming from someone who wants the government to legislate what happens inside my uterus. (MSNBC)
- Craptacular “Personhood” bills have far reaching consequences that, if passed, mean the terrorists have won. The terrorists who want to force you to give birth, that is. (Jezebel)
- What’s good for the goose: The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tells Indiana that if they go through with their sinister plan to defund Planned Parenthood, THEY will lose all federal funding for their Medicaid program. Sorry, Indiana — #YouGotServed (Politico)
- The Foxx Amendment: Without Providers There Is No Choice (RH Reality Check)
- Radical new birth control for men that’s 100% effective? COME ON WITH IT ALREADY! (Wired)
- Controversial AIDS cure continues to spur hope (MSNBC)
- The Feds continue to put the smackdown on those who dare to violate the FACE Act — ’cause after all, they are ♪”Breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law”♪ (Denver Post)
Posted in Rundowns
Tagged abortion, abortion providers, AIDS, anti choice, birth control, contraception, FACE Act, Foxx Amendment, health care, Indiana, Medicaid, personhood, Planned Parenthood, politics, pro-choice, women, women's health
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
- 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)
Posted in Rundowns
Tagged abortion, anti choice, Arizona, Bristol Palin, emergency contraception, health care, legislature, Planned Parenthood, politics, reproductive rights, women, women's health