reproductive rights

Bodysex is More Relevant with Each Passing Day

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:19
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Aside from watching our President manhandle the first lady of France while telling her "she's in good shape", we experienced two major events this week:

A one-trillion ton ice berg broke off of the Antarctic peninsula much sooner than any climate change scientist predicted AND

The permafrost at the North Pole melted flooding Norway's Doomsday seed archive. This is significant because the permafrost holds 2x the amount of carbon currently in our atmostphere. We've had three mass extinctions - one caused by an asteroid and two by the melting of the permafrost.

Anti-Abortion Activists Push Radical Egg-As-Person Measures

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 08:30
Submitted by Carlin Ross

My heart sank when I read this article.  The fight to end legal abortion and intentional motherhood is clearly about women being relegated to baby machines.  First, they focused on closing the clincs.   Now they're challenging the pill by defining personhood as an "egg".  Does that mean I'm guilty of murder when I get my period?  And what about sperm?

A resurgent movement to place "personhood" measures on state ballots across the nation to ban abortion and comprehensive reproductive care could have far more sweeping implications than the trial balloon Colorado voters soundly defeated last year.

Far from being dissuaded by the 3-to-1 loss from their 2008 campaign to confer zygotes with legal rights, abortion opponents are regrouping with a broader initiative that purports to address life span issues, from conception to death.

87% of US Counties Have NO Access to Abortion Clinics

Tue, 06/02/2009 - 10:32
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Now we know why they have to bus in to New York AND THERE ARE SO MANY LATE TERM ABORTIONS:

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Religious Devotion Does NOT Impact Abortion Decision

Tue, 06/02/2009 - 09:06
Submitted by Carlin Ross

It's about intentional motherhood people.  Can we finally stop guilting young women who have to make tough decisions and make nonsurgical abortions available so they don't have to risk their lives? 

Unwed pregnant teens and twenty-somethings who attend or have graduated from private religious schools are more likely to obtain abortions than their peers from public schools, according to sociological research published in the June issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

"This research suggests that young, unmarried women are confronted with a number of social, financial and health-related factors that can make it difficult for them to act according to religious values when deciding whether to keep or abort a pregnancy," said the study's author, sociologist Amy Adamczyk, an assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Mourning the Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Mon, 06/01/2009 - 07:41
Submitted by Betty Dodson

The killing of Dr.Tiller offers no better example of why I couldn't wait to leave Wichita and move to NYC. This was back in 1950, so I missed the big abortion insanity that has raged there since I left home. I'm ashamed of my sister and brother Kansans. I can only hope they become better educated and the fog of ignorance lifts. To answer the question Thomas Franks asks in his brilliant book, "What's the Matter with Kansas" my answer is fundamentalist religion and the spin of Republican double speak that gets these folks to vote against their own interests based on buzz words like "liberal elite."

May 9, 1960 The FDA Approved The Pill

Sat, 05/09/2009 - 08:46
Submitted by Carlin Ross

How perfect for mother's day weekend?  Today marks the anniversary of the FDA's approval of the pill ushering in the new era of intentional motherhood.

Margaret Sanger, totally unaware that her lifelong dream had become reality, spent the day at her home outside Tucson, Ariz. Since 1914 she had battled ridicule and rigid laws, even gone to jail, all in pursuit of a simple, inexpensive contraceptive that would change women's lives-and save some as well. Now she was 80 and retired from her globe-trotting efforts.

Hillary Protecting Our Reproductive Rights

Mon, 04/27/2009 - 09:12
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Swoon.  First, she starts off answering the abortion question by admiring the anti-choice legislators "passionate beliefs".  Then, she gives the perfect answer: family planning prevents abortions. And "keeping men and women in ignorance" ie no sex ed "consigns women to a life of oppression".

Feds OK Plan B for 17 Year Olds Without Prescription

Thu, 04/23/2009 - 08:37
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I remember when you had to go to a clinic and get a prescription for Plan B.  If you don't take it within the first 72 hours, then it won't work so it's critical that young women get access immediately.  A big thank you to my favorite branch of government - the Judiciary - for letting the scientists make the decisions at the FDA:

Seventeen-year-olds will soon be able to buy the "morning after" emergency contraceptive without a doctor's prescription, because the Food and Drug Administration bowed to a judge's order yesterday.

Reversing a contentious policy of the Bush administration, the FDA said in a brief statement it will not appeal a judge's order that overturns restrictions limiting over-the-counter sales of so-called Plan B to women 18 and older.

Support Our Right to Reproductive Health Information

Wed, 04/08/2009 - 11:18
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Please support Planned Parenthood's effort to overturn the Bush Rule limiting access to health care information by clicking this link and submitting your email comment.

Just before leaving office, the Bush administration released a rule that limits the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate reproductive health information and services. The rule allows doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to simply withhold information about, for example, birth control and HIV testing and treatment. It also allows health care workers to deny any basic health care service based on their personal biases.

In order to overturn the Bush administration rule, President Obama had to write a new rule that must undergo a period of public review. Take the next step and urge everyone you know to submit their own comments:

Exhale: An After-Abortion Counseling Service

Thu, 04/02/2009 - 08:31
Submitted by Carlin Ross

A big thank you to the ladies of feministing for introducing me to Exhale an amazing organization that has created an after-abortion counseling talkline.  It's free, confidential, and available 24/7. 

Back Alley Abortions Are Back

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 09:17
Submitted by Carlin Ross

After 10 years of abstinenence-only sex ed and the constant assault on pro-choice healthcare clinics, it seems that back alley abortions are back in vogue.  This time young women in the mid-west are self-inducing abortions by drinking chemicals intended to abort livestock jeopardizing their health and their lives. 

There have been several cases in Wisconsin reported by veterinanrians and confirmed by "influential" pro-life organizations (I read it in one of my mother's pro-life propaganda magazines I found in the bathroom and I'm not linking to them here).  The most striking piece of this story is that these pro-life groups criticized the veterinary community for not locking up these chemicals.  There was no dialogue about better sex ed, opening access to contraception or, god forbid, making safe non-surgical abortions available to these young women.  There was no sentiment that the desperate act of ingesting poison - that may end up killing you - signaled any failure on the communities part to support a woman's right to choose.

Why does our culture insist on making women responsible for every sex act?  Why must we pubish our young women with unwanted motherhood?

Krispy Kreme Celebrates Freedom of Choice on Inauguration Day

Mon, 01/19/2009 - 09:55
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. is honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies -- just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet "free" can be.

"Krispy Kreme is taking the inaugural festivities nationwide," said Ron Rupocinski, executive chef for Krispy Kreme. "We're inviting our fans in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., to commemorate this historic day with a favorite American treat."

Obama To Reverse Bush-Era Anti-Choice Rules

Wed, 12/17/2008 - 09:18
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I remember sitting with Betty in a NARAL board meeting preparing for the final f*cking from the Bush admin and fantasizing about Obama taking office and reversing all their attempts to restrict a woman's right to choose as well as our access to contraception.  It's all happening!

The outgoing Bush administration this week will finalize a regulation establishing a "right of conscience" allowing medical staff to refuse to participate in any practice they object to on moral grounds, including abortion but possibly birth control and other health care as well.

In transition offices across town, officials in the incoming Obama administration have begun considering how and when to undo it.

Abortion Foes Going After Planned Parenthood

Wed, 12/10/2008 - 09:11
Submitted by Carlin Ross

They just won't give up the fight against intentional motherhood. Abortion opponents are pressing state and local governments to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the nonprofit group has plenty of cash and shouldn't be granted scarce public funds at a time of economic crisis.

Planned Parenthood receives about $335 million a year -- a third of its budget -- from government grants and contracts to subsidize contraception, sex education and non-abortion-related health care for poor women and teenagers.