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20 April 2010 @ 05:49 pm
The Forced Birthers are really ramping up their game these days. I missed last month's update, but here's one for April.

Tennessee wants to take advantage of the tripe Anti-Choice Blue dogs helped get into the healthcare bill and senators in Oklahoma want to endorse State Sanctioned Rape, treat women like idiots, and ignore that anti-choicers routinely try to coerce women into giving birth in favor of ye olde myth that abortion providers attempt to get women to abort at any cost. Good to know.

Tenn. Abortion Coverage Bill Heads to Gov.; Okla. Senate Passes Five Antiabortion Bills

~ Tennessee: The state Senate voted 27-3 to approve a bill (SB 2686) that would prohibit abortion coverage in health plans available in state insurance exchanges that will be created under the federal health reform law (PL 111-148), the Tennessean reports (Sisk, Tennessean, 4/20). The House approved the measure -- sponsored by Diane Black Gallatin, the state senate's Republican Caucus Chair -- earlier this month. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) for consideration (AP/WBIR, 4/19).

~ Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Senate on Monday approved five antiabortion bills, four of which previously were declared unconstitutional for violating a requirement that state bills address a single subject, the Tulsa World reports. One bill (HB 2780), approved 35-11, would require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound within one hour before the procedure and listen to an explanation of the ultrasound's findings. The bill would require doctors to use a vaginal probe in cases where it would provide a clearer picture of the fetus than a regular ultrasound. Another bill (HB 3075), approved 39-6, would require abortion clinics to post signs stating that women cannot be forced to undergo an abortion. In addition, the Senate voted 35-11 for a bill (HB 2656) that would prevent so-called "wrongful life" and "wrongful birth" lawsuits.


On the Ground: Access to Abortion in Ireland

It's bad. Really bad.


A new anti-abortion law in Nebraska (corn country just doesn't know when to quit) that seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks is expected to have a long legal battle.

Strict new Neb. abortion law faces long legal road

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The National Network of Abortion Funds has been having a bowl-a-thon for abortion funding. They've raised $106,777 so far; they're trying to reach $125,000

Bowlathon - NNAF


I recently discovered an awesome blog: The Abortioneers: "The ins and outs and ups and downs of direct service in the field of abortion care."


Pro-Choice activists are making a film about two doctors who are still, in the trenches, helping women to access abortions. You can help by donating.

Trust Women: The Story of Two American Abortion Doctors

Trust Women tells the inspiring stories of Dr. LeRoy Carhart and Dr. Warren Hern, two of the last physicians in the country who continue to perform late-term abortions--a vital service that protects women's lives and health--despite constant harassment and threats. By making this film, we want to change the way people think about abortion doctors, and we need your contributions to make it happen.


The Trust Women PAC works to protect physicians, inform lawmakers, and spread truth about reproductive rights and abortion access, continuing the legacy of Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered on May 31, 2009.

Trust Women PAC
I don't know how many of you have heard of this, but it's definitely worth noting. A woman has a legal, first trimester abortion, because she doesn't want to risk her life during pregnancy, nor does she want more kids, and the anti-choice misogynists come out of the woodwork.

I’ve been astonished. I had imagined, naively, that people would accept it because I’m in a committed relationship. I was monogamous. I was using protection. I had a kid. I have health risks. We paid for this out of pocket and not out of any taxpayer means. If I can’t talk about my first trimester abortion, which was legal and in my case life-saving, then who the hell can talk about her abortion? Or his abortion story, from the women he was with? ... I’ve just been astonished by the level of hatred and death threats and threats of violence against my son. It’s been a very ugly side of people to see.

The Frisky: Death threats?

Angie Jackson: In the YouTube comments. A lot of them are sort of these throwaway statements in the comments of conservative blog and things like that. “Someone should put a bullet in her,” or “If the whore can’t keep her legs closed ...” People have threatened to call Child Protective Services and take [my son] away from me because [of the abortion]. They’re either calling me a killer or calling me a monster, which is their right, but ... I think we need to say quality of life matters. I don’t think an embryo gets to trump the life of my live son. I see this as risking my life.

Read more here: Frisky Q&A: Angie Jackson, The Woman Who Live-Tweeted Her Abortion
14 January 2010 @ 09:10 am
The Truth About Breast Cancer and Abortion

Also known as: There is NO LINK between the two.

Day of Action for Women's Health 1/13/10

Women's reproductive health care is being used as a bargaining chip in the health care debate. (So what else is new?)

That Clinic Escort is a Fake

Anti-Choicers don fake escort vests in order to harangue women into listening to their diatribes about abortion.

From Feminists for Choice: Nevada Court Rules Against Personhood Language

District Judge James Russell further ruled that the initiative which seeks to extend constitutional protections to fertilized eggs has sweeping implications for reproductive health care and thus violates state law which limits initiatives to a single subject.

“There’s no way for the voter to understand the effects of the initiative,” Russell said.

Is Refusing Bed Rest a Crime?

There's a case being heard in the Tallahassee Court of Appeals. Samantha Burton's doctor ordered her to go on bed rest, which she refused. She wished to get a second opinion but was blocked by the Circuit Court of Leon County which ordered her to stay in bed at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Her attorney and the ACLU are "arguing that the original decision unlawfully expanded the court’s right to “to order medical treatment for a child over a parent’s” objections and applied the precedent to a fetus."

(H/T Feministe)

Rest in Peace Dr. Eugene Glick

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health mourns the death of Eugene Glick, MD, medical director of the West End Women’s Medical Group, author of the vital textbook Surgical Abortion, and a longtime PRCH supporter. Dr. Glick started practicing medicine in Los Angeles in the 1960s and saw the pain and death caused by botched abortions. Despite the risk of going to jail and ruining his career, Dr. Glick began to perform “safe, comfortable abortions,” first for women he knew, then for others as the word spread.

Bill Introduced Today Aimed at Protecting Women's Health

Today, the Washington State Senate and House introduced companion bills that would protect women’s health by improving accuracy, transparency and privacy at limited service pregnancy centers, House Bill 2837 and Senate Bill 6452. Women’s advocates Legal Voice, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood VOTES! Washington and the National Organization for Women (NOW) are calling the bill long overdue.

Buy pretty sterling silver coat hanger pendants and support the DC Abortion Fund.
But some people are thinking that's not the whole story....

Amanda Marcotte from Pandagon discusses over at Double X (with a thread for commentary at Pandagon

Johnson's story fits way too neatly into a bunch of easily disproven anti-choice myths, the main one being that all it takes is one glance at an ultrasound to cause someone to "realize" that hey! abortion removes a fetus from your uterus. Pro-choicers already know that. Johnson seems to be selling a story that's a tad too pat, too close to what anti-choicers want to hear.

After all, your average person in the United States has seen probably hundreds of sonograms in their lives, and most of them show a fetus at gestational age well beyond the point that most women get elective abortions. If you compare the ultrasound taken prior to an elective abortion, the feeling is actually one of being underwhelmed, because there's not much there compared to the ones we're used to seeing. The anti-choice sentimental devices rely therefore on ignorance more than illumination—their own mistaken understanding of what goes on in an abortion clinic.

But as Amie Newman points out, there are even more holes than that in this story. Johnson worked at a clinic that provides abortion, amongst other things. Therefore, she's probably seen a whole lot of ultrasound-enabled abortions. Providing ultrasound is standard part of an abortion, because gestational age determines the exact procedure, and whether or not the clinic can even do it. Anyone who has worked in or even spoken to someone about working in a clinic knows that there's not a lot of mystery around the procedure, and so Johnson's story of a sudden revelation about the nature of abortion simply doesn't seem possible. Indeed, I should remind you that 99.9 percent of clinic workers who see ultrasounds and provide abortions don't have sudden, suspicious religious conversions. Most of them feel pretty damn good about giving women the freedom to choose.

Continue reading over at XX Factor.
The 40 Days for Life Campaign takes place every year. Anti-choice protesters organize outside women's health clinics for silent protests, prayer vigils, etc.

They publish a list of possible protest locations on their Web site: 40 Days - Protest Locations.

Take a look. If your local clinic is on there, why not call or send them an e-mail to give them a heads-up. They may not know they're being targeted.
24 July 2009 @ 10:37 pm
But here's some more of the wonderful anti-choice shite that's going around in the U.S. lately:

North Dakota: Restricting the Right to Abortion One Ultrasound at a Time

New Ohio Bill would require men's permission before a woman could receive an abortion.

Obama on health care reform and funding abortions

As you know, I'm pro choice. But I think we also have a tradition of, in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government funded health care. -- CBS: President Obama talks to Katie Couric

Good News!

Pence Amendment Fails!

The U.S. House voted down an amendment to the Labor, Health, and Human Services bill on Friday that sought to ban all public funding for Planned Parenthood. Authored by pro-life Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence, the amendment was rejected 247 votes to 183.

The Pence amendment received the strong support of pro-life activist groups, including the members of the Susan B. Anthony List, which this week has sent out repeated “urgent action” dispatches that hinge on lurid allegations that Planned Parenthood is under “multiple investigations in several states” for “allowing sexual abuse of children to go unreported, as well as encouraging young girls to lie about their age in order to obtain an abortion.”

But the “investigations” are not police investigations and don’t involve legal authorities. Instead, they have been conducted by Lila Rose, who poses as an underage woman and visits Planned Parenthood clinics with a hidden camera. Her tapes of alleged wrongdoing have spurred no investigation by law enforcement, which discount them essentially as entrapment.

That's all I can muster at the moment.

Post 'em if ya got 'em. (News, stories, info.) It's awfully quiet here lately.
04 June 2009 @ 11:09 pm
I found this site via Feministing.

It's a small thing.

But if you work as a reproductive health advocate or know someone who does, please let them know about this site.

I am Dr. Tiller

This website was created as both a memorial to the lifework of Dr. George Tiller and as a living testimony to the courageous lives of abortion providers.

Here you will find stories of individuals who have dedicated their lives to making abortion safe, legal, healthy, and accessible to women and girls. These people may be nurses, counselors, escorts, volunteers at abortion funds, or abortion doctors themselves. You will not see the faces of these providers to protect their safety. What you will see is the story they decide to share - how they came to abortion work, what their function is at their abortion clinic, or their personal abortion story. We want to humanize these individuals to convey the kindness, courtesy, justice, love, and respect they have for women and the health care choices women make. We share our stories in hopes of ending clinic violence, to alleviate the shame associated with the abortion experience, and as an homage to Dr. Tiller's outstanding and courageous life work.
01 June 2009 @ 01:44 pm
Be it with words, vigils, or money.

In memory of Dr. George Tiller the National Network of Abortion Funds has set up The George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund that will help women in their second trimester pay for abortion care and travel costs.

You can donate online by going to the link.

Or you can send contributions to:

George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund
C/o National Network of Abortion Funds
42 Seaverns Ave.
Boston, MA 02130

I also recommend, if you can afford to do so (now or at any point in time) donating to Medical Students for Choice, an internationally recognized non-profit organization with a network of over 10.000 medical students and residents around the United States and Canada.

There can be no choice if there is no one to support and provide that choice.
19 May 2009 @ 02:12 pm
From Planned Parenthood Illinois Action:

On Monday, May 18, 2009, Illinois State Rep. David Reis introduced HR 417 which calls for the elimination of all state funding for Planned Parenthood of Illinois in order to help the State balance the budget.

This would mean that at minimum over 2,000 women would lose access to their annual exam and birth control supply.  They wouldn't get Pap tests or breast exams.  That means no early detection of cervical or breast cancer for these women!

These women will be at increased risk of unintended pregnancy - putting their health and futures in danger.

An extreme anti-choice and anti-family planning member of the Illinois House, Rep. Reis says in his resolution that government "should focus on providing financial assistance for basic, vital healthcare needs to those who need it most . . ."

The page has a link where you can identify your representative and send an automatic email.

x-posted to cf_hardcore 
House OKs new curb on abortions

[During the waiting period], the woman would have to be told "the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics" of the unborn child at that point.

The bill also requires that the woman be told, in person, that:

• The father of the child is liable for support, even if he agreed to pay for the abortion.

• Medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth and postnatal care if they decided against an abortion.

• Public and private agencies can assist the woman before and after the birth, whether she chooses to keep the child or put it up for adoption.

This paper requires registration. Here are the bugmenot usernames and passwords if you want to bypass.

Hat tip to feministing for the announcement and this:

The most telling quote in this article about the bill, however, comes from Rep. Frank Antenori, also of Tucson. Rep Antenori says there is "a duty to protect either our wives or our daughters from making decisions that may come back to haunt them further down the road in their lives." Aren't you glad that you have big strong men to protect you from scawy things like bodily autonomy?! Jeez, if we didn't have (male, of course) legislators making decisions about our bodies, what in the world would we do? Okay, snark over - but the fury remains.

Naral Pro-Choice AZ for info on taking action.
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