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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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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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Debunking Abortion Myths

The nonprofit Ipas has created a manual with factual evidence to widely believed misconceptions about abortion.  This is a great new resource for reproductive rights that presents scientific and unbiased data on such a stigmatized procedure.

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