Around the Web in US Abortion Access: June 25 Edition

25 Jun

Just in time for election season, Abortion Gang is starting a new weekly feature- news updates and links on all the abortion, parenting, birth control, and reproducitve rights news we can find!  There is so much news going flying around these days it is hard to know what is rumor, truth, fact, fiction, triumph, or horror. Not to mention scanning the web for all the news is time consuming, so we are compiling it all in one place just for you! In weeks to come, I hope to have more analysis and insight. For now, around the web we go!

The Vagina Monologues.
Last week, Michigan lawmakers attempted to silence one representative during her floor rebuttal against new Michigan abortion restrictions, after she used the word, “Vagina.” It’s a story that has swept the internet and beyond, and in response to the rightful outrage and anger, that same representative refused to be silenced, performing the ‘Vagina Monologues’ on the Michigan State Capitol’s steps to a large crowd. The pictures are brilliant, capturing the faces and voices of the very people Rep. Lisa Brown  is trying to protect.

Apart from the amazing and inspiring photographs and still shots of Rep. Brown standing in front of a large, red, letter V, the article works to sum up abortion opponents’ response to the backlash and outrage from rightfully-pissed-off women of Michigan, by arguing that there is no “outrage,” that the whole “vagina controversy” is something drummed up by the Democratic party in order to win votes during an election year. Just rich, isn’t it?

14 Pa. abortion clinics licensed under new law.

Now that abortion providers are having to meet new, tough, and generally non-medically necessary guidelines in Pennsylvania, I would tentatively state it is good news that there have not been massive closures of abortion clinics. But, there are so many restrictions that many clinics are only able to provide the abortion pill or surgery up to 14 weeks. That’s unfortunate, to say the least, as we know that the more restrictions to safe, legal, and affordable abortion care only leads to an increase in unsafe and unregulated abortion care.

Doctors in Atlanta that voiced concern about “fetal pain” laws thought to be targeted; FBI investigating domestic terrorism, arson.

Two burglaries and two fires at Atlanta-area women’s clinics and a burglary at the the main office of the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society are being investigated by the FBI as possible acts of domestic terrorism or civil rights violations.

Four of the five offices targeted are run by doctors who had voiced concerns — sometimes publicly, sometimes privately — about the so-called fetal pain bill, which shortened to 20 weeks the time frame during which women can have an elective abortion.

Disturbing.  On so many levels.

State Legislatures and U.S. Congress may be losing their minds, but U. S. Mayors have our backs, pass resolution supporting Planned Parenthood and The Pill.

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress and the states to pursue a positive agenda that reaffirms fundamental rights and improves women’s access to safe and comprehensive reproductive health care,” said the resolution.

The resolution was sponsored by (my home CITAYY) Portland, Oregon’s Sam Adams; Seattle, Washington’s Mike McGinn; San Francisco, California’s Ed Lee; and Los Angeles, California’s Antonio Villaraigosa. Resolutions are not very powerful but the signal of support is key, as many cities (Portland, for example) are experiencing an increase in harassment and violence at clinics from so called “pro-life” protestors.

Republicans and conservatives question whether Romney’s “Pro-Life” conversion is real. 

Trigger Warning: In Iowa, GOP lawmakers want to halt Medicaid funding for abortion in cases of rape and incest.

A group of 41 Iowa Republican representatives has filed a petition requesting emergency rulemaking that would halt all Iowa government-paid abortions in cases of rape and incest.

The petition cites state law in arguing that rules allowing for abortions paid by Medicaid for fetuses that are physically or mentally deformed or those conceived in cases of rape or incest are illegal and should be rescinded.

Groups like the Civil Liberties Union of Iowa previously criticized such actions, saying it penalizes women for being poor.

The average abortion to save the life of a mother or in cases of rape and incest this year costs the state around $1,400, according to information from the Iowa Department of Human Services.

“Scrapping together that funding can be incredibly difficult when you’re talking hundreds and hundreds of dollars,” said Elizabeth Nash, the state issues manager for the Guttmacher Institute. “On top of that it just absolutely the right thing to do for public health purposes.”

Kim Kardashian admits that she went on birth control at 14 after advice and consultation with her mother. 

Kim – who is currently dating rapper Kanye West - told Oprah Winfrey: “When I did want to have sex the first time I was almost 15. “I said to my mom, ‘I think I’m going to, or I want to’, and she was like, ‘OK, so this is what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna put you on birth control.’ She was, like, really open and honest with me.”

The whole Kardashian family, their shows, and their products irritate me. But I have to commend them for talking openly about their periods, sex lives, and yes, when they went on birth control. Many parents would probably cringe seeing Kris (Kim’s mom) put her daughter on birth control at the tender age of fourteen, but I think it is an honest and really important thing to talk about. See, Kim admitted that she told her mom she was exploring sexually at 14 with a new boyfriend.  Instead of freaking out and shaming Kim, Kris helped her get birth control. Mamma Kris isn’t perfect, obviously, but from the outside looking in, that seemed like an appropriate and very smart choice from a parenting perspective. Kudos, Kardashians.

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