Category Archives: Reproductive Rights and Advocacy

The Obama administration issued regulations that require insurance cover birth control without copays.  However, they might give into pressure from anti-women’s health groups.  You can read a bit more about this ridiculous news at here.

It would be a huge mistake to cave in.  Tell Obama just that by signing NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood petitions.

Petition for No-Cost Birth Control

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This & That

Oy vey.  It’s been a hectic several weeks for me.  I’ve been meaning to write here about the many things that have been happening in the world but just have not had a chance.  So, let’s do a quick recap, shall we?

The WHO has released The Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases 2010, which reports on cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, along with their risk factors and determinants.

I’m sure you’re aware that Osama Bin Laden was captured and murdered since Americans everywhere were rejoicing.  But did you read this article: The Ability to Kill Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great ?

The House voted to pass H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions” bill, which greatly restricts access to abortion.  Though this is disappointing, Obama has said he will veto it if it ever gets to his desk.

The Guttmacher Institute has an informative video about abortion in the United States.

Boston’s SlutWalk was a success.

Rosie Napravnik made history by placing 9th in the 137th Kentucky Derby, making her the highest-finishing woman jockey in Derby history.

AND, major events occurring in my life.  I finished yoga teacher training and my thesis for my Master’s of Public Health.  I graduate in a couple of weeks!

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Louisiana is the 50th State to Introduce Anti-Abortion Legislation.  Yes, you read that correctly.  50th state.  Read about it at Jezebel.

Louisiana is the 50th State to Introduce Anti-Abortion Legislation

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Anti-Women Crusade Wages On

Although family planning programs have been saved from elimination, the final budget deal greatly affects many other essential health services, particularly for low-income women.  Major cuts have been made to community health centers and HIV/AIDS and STI prevention while the Affordable Health Care Act has been eliminated entirely.  Most disappointing is the attack on abortion access for Washington DC residents.  Despite many politicians standing up against this provision, the District is prohibited from using local funds to help pay for abortions for those who cannot afford it (i.e., low-income folks, most of whom are racial and ethnic minorities).  The circus that played out in Congress is ridiculous, as Stephen Colbert so eloquently points out.

Pap Swear at Walgreens

Learn more about the budget deal details here.

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Grrrl Riot

There are a couple free events occurring in Boston promoting women’s sexual health.  If you live in the area, you should attend and bring your friends.

What: “Defend, Don’t Defund!” rally hosted by Planned Parenthood and coalition allies, flyer here
Where: Boston Commons at the Parkman Bandstand
When: Saturday, March 19th, from 12 – 1pm

What: Women’s Global Health and Rights: The Importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health, panel discussion hosted by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and State Representative Kay Khan
Where: Massachusetts State House, Members Lounge
When: Tuesday, March 29, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Yippee for local events advocating women’s sexual health!

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Top 10 Crazy S*%T Republicans Have Proposed Recently

I thought I’d share these examples with everyone about the recent outrageous legislation proposed by Republicans, which can be found on MoveOn.org.

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP’s War on Women

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8.) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

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Stop the War Against American Women’s Health

Anti-choice leaders in Congress are in a full attack of women’s health as well as reproductive rights.  As I mentioned previously, the House has proposed new legislation to restrict abortion access.  Now, they are trying to eliminate all funding for Title X family planning programs, which greatly affects Planned Parenthood clinics.

YOU can make a difference.  Today is National Youth Call-In Day to tell Congress to stop this war on women’s health.

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Stupak on Steroid Agenda

I’m sure you are aware (and if you’re not, go read a newspaper or watch the news immediately) of the extreme anti-choice legislation that is attempting to further restrict abortion access.  The No Tax Payer for Abortion Funding Act (HR 3) and the Protect Life Act (HR 358) together are known as the “Stupak on Steroids” agenda.

HR 3 would force people to pay higher taxes if their private insurance plans include abortion coverage.  Despite promises last week to drop the controversial provision, the term “forcible rape” is still in the bill.  Meanwhile, HR 353 would allow hospitals to refuse to perform an abortion on a woman, even if the mother’s life is threatened.  As Jill at Feministe puts it,

In other words, it gives doctors the green light to let women die if they have a life-threatening condition and need an emergency abortion.

Please see Choice USA’s video (below) to learn how you can take action to protect your rights.

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Center for Reproductive Rights Take the FDA to Court

The FDA is blatantly ignoring scientific evidence and a court order to end age restrictions on emergency contraception. The Center for Reproductive Rights is taking them back to court–add your support by taking action today! http://bit.ly/aC3bFu

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WIN: Legislation Introduced to End Abstinence-only Funding!

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) have introduced legislation to finally end Title V from the Social Security Act for Abstinence-Only Programs.  The Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act would eliminate $50 million a year in funding an ineffective, unethical, and poor public health program.  The Lautenberg-Lee legislation would ensure that federal funding is instead provided for comprehensive sex education that is evidence-based.  What a novel idea, no?

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