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Entries in abortion politics (14)

Monday
Jul132015

95% Of Women Are Positive About Their Abortions 3 Years Later | Obama Treats Hobby Lobby Contraception Objections As A Religious Nonprofit | Colorado Republicans Shoot Down Successful IUD Program For Teens

Women’s Health News, Abortion & Contraception

1. An important new study that tracked 667 women over a three year period reports that 95 percent of participants reported that ending the pregnancy was the right decision for them. The women’s answers, who had both first trimester and late-term abortions, contradict a growing argument by the pro-life lobby that women suffer psychological damage, one they call post-abortion traumatic stress syndrome’.

The longer longitudinal study confirmed the same results as were obtained in a 2013 study conducted with women one week after having an abortion. In that study the most common emotion expressed was relief.

2. University of California think tank ANSIRH, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, conducted the study as part of a larger ‘Turnaway Study’, which is following about 1,000 women who sought abortions in 21 different states.

As this graph demonstrates, it’s women who were denied abortions who showed significantly higher rates of depression and anxiety in the ANSIRH study.

Think Progress reported earlier this month that over the past 5 years, states have enacted nearly 300 abortion restrictions, ones having disproportionate impact on poor women. 

3. Three Senate Republicans — Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mark Kirk (Illinois) who is challenged in his 2016 re-election race by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) — joined all Democrats on the Appropriations Committee in advancing a repeal of the “so-called global gag rule that restricts US funding to humanitarian organizations that provide abortions,” reports Politico.

The restriction has been in effect but not codified in law since the Reagan administration in the 1980s and impacts access to contraception in poor countries. Note that the Obama administration has not abided by the global gag rule, an early decision by then Secy of State Hillary Clinton.

“An estimated 225 million women in developing countries are unable to access family planning services,” said amendment sponsor Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). “Providing greater access to family planning and reproductive health services improves the health of mothers and children, empowers women to make their own choices about how to grow their families, and is a smart investment that helps reduce poverty.”

The proposed amendment continues to prohibit use of US federal funds for abortion but would free up funds for contraception.

The original version of the Senate’s fiscal year 2016 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs included a provision that would have permanently codified the global gag rule into law, while cutting international family planning by $149 million, representing about 25 percent of its funding. The budget also prohibited any US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a leading provider of basic maternal and reproductive — not abortion — services worldwide.

4. On Friday, July 10, the Obama Administration released final rules for employers citing religious objections to supporting birth control for women under the Affordable Care Act.

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Thursday
Jul022015

Texas Abortion Clinics Remain Open For Now | New Male Contraceptive By 2018 | Solid Link Between Teen Pregnancy & Obesity

Women’s Health News, Abortion & Contraception

1. At the end of its term, the US Supreme Court issued a stay in litigation around the state of Texas’ new laws that would close 10 more women’s health clinics that provide abortion services.

The law was scheduled to take effect on July 1.Previously, new laws in Texas reduced the number of similar women’s clinics from 41 to 19, making abortion services functionally impossible for tens of thousands of poor women in the state.

These tough new laws require 1) that a doctor performing an abortion — a procedure with an abnormally low rate of complications compared to other medical procedures done in clinics — have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The hospitals are most reluctant to give such privileges, wanting to avoid becoming embroiled in the abortion debate or for religious reasons.

2) The new laws also require clinics to meet the same standards as outpatient surgery center, upgrades that can cost $1 million or more.

Two dozen other states have new laws similar to those in Texas. Both sides of the abortion debate want the Supreme Court to involve themselves in clarifying the legality of legislation that seeks to eliminate abortion in many states in America, all in the name of protecting the woman. The jedges will indicate whether or not they will put abortion rights on the docket when the court reconvenes in September.

2. Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic in Jackson will remain open, with the US Supreme Court taking no action on a federals appeal ruling that left the clinic open.

Mississippi is another of the states demanding that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. No hospital in MIssissippi will grant such privileges.

3. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed notice of appeal on Wednesday that he will appeal a court ruling that overturned a Kansas law using an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

The Wichita Eagle writes:

Laura McQuade, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, called the bill “extreme, unconstitutional” in an e-mail and said it “risks women’s health by banning the safest method of second trimester abortion according to every major medical authority.”

She said she was confident that the restraining order would be upheld and that the law would ultimately be defeated by the courts.


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article26012419.html#storylink=cpy

4. Sources of post-abortion counseling that aren’t connected with right to lifers are hard to find.

 Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions The Daily Beast

In 2008, an American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force reviewed the scientific literature on mental health and abortion and concluded, “[T]here is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women.”

The same Task Force cautioned that among the studies indicating that select women can experience grief, depression and anxiety after an abortion, all other risk factors must be taken into account. What is the woman’s exposure to poverty, violence, alcohol, drugs and other negative factors? The report concluded that the best predictor of a woman’s mental health post abortion is her health pre-pregnancy.

Still, writes The Daily Beast, post-abortion organizations are advancing rapidly on the American landscape.

5. In Oregon, lawmakers approved a bill that allows women to get birth control prescriptions from a pharmacist instead of a physician.

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Tuesday
Jun162015

Prochoice Groups Ready To Challenge Roe In Supreme Court | Teen Pregnancy Rate Plummets | OTC Contraception

Abortion & Contraception News

1.US Supreme Court Lets Stand Fourth Circuit Ruling that North Carolina Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

US The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the state of North Carolina, refusing to reconsider the ruling of an appeals court overturning a state law that would require doctors to perform a mandatory ultrasound on women seeking an abortion in the state. The law also would require doctors to display the ultrasounds and give the woman a mandatory explanation of details that would happen to her fetus.

In December, a unanimous three-judge panel in Richmond’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the North Carolina law was unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment.

“The state cannot commandeer the doctor-patient relationship to compel a physician to express its preference to the patient,” Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in December. 

Other federal court of appeals in Texas and South Dakota have upheld similar laws, traditionally forcing a direct appeal to the US Supreme Court, as happened with North Carolina. The SC is also expected to announce whether it will hear a state of Mississippi. via

2. Pro-Choice Groups Considering Direct Appeal to the Supreme Court Over Texas Abortion Law

After a recent Supreme Court decision upholding a Texas abortion law that would close down almost every remaining health facility in the state, pro-choice groups are changing course and seriously considering a demand that the nation’s highest court must clarify what it means in clarifying when rules governing doctors, clinics or medical procedures become an unconstitutional ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s right to an abortion.

In the 1992 Supreme Court decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the decision ruled that: 

“the State may enact regulations to further the health or safety of a woman seeking an abortion, but may not impose unnecessary health regulations that present a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.”

“An undue burden exists,” it continued, “and therefore a provision of law is invalid if its purpose or effect is to place substantial obstacles in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.”

3. Senate Reopens Debate On Expanded Access To Contraception

Democratic Senator Patty Murray introduced the Affordability is Access Act, an action that has renewed debate about access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The proposed bill requires health insurance companies to cover birth control pills, should they become available over-the-counter.

Many Republicans are pressing on the option of making some contraception available without a prescription, an action that could cost women up to $600 a year, writes The Guardian.

“I believe strongly that women should be able to get the comprehensive health care they need, when they need it — without being charged extra, without asking permission, and without politicians interfering,” said Sen. Murray in a news release.

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation  examining 20 insurance carriers in five states - California, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas - found that almost all the plans limit access to some forms of birth control — either by not covering them at all or by charging a co-pay.

The Guardian article narrates the Republican position on over-the-counter contraception as being driven by major concern that women’s reproductive health issues will be a major topic in the 2016 elections, where it’s very possible that Democrats can retake control of the Senate.

4. Good News! The Teen Pregnancy Rate Continues To Drop

Newsweek reviews multiple studies that confirm a consistent and even accelerating drop in the rate of teen pregnancy. From 1991 to 2013, the number of high school students who report never having sex declined from 54.1 percent to 46.8 percent, according to the CDC. Lisa Romero reports that more than 85 percent of teens who are sexually active are using some form of contraception or birth control.

TV shows have also played a role. One 2014 study concluded that this media that doesn’t glamorize teen sex resulted in an average 5.7 decline in teen births in the 12 months after their debuts. As Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, puts it, there is a “growing conviction that teenage pregnancy can really derail a person’s immediate future.”

Wednesday
Mar182015

RedTracker: Loretta Lynch Nomination Held Hostage In Abortion Politics | PA Frat Boys Could Face Serious Charges Over FB Nudies of Unconscious Women

McConnell Puts Miss Loretta on Hold

1. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises that Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote as US Attorney General will not come to the Senate floor, until the chamber gets a final vote on the human trafficking bill. The vote on what was considered to be a bipartisan bill with wide support hit a last-minute impasse over anti-abortion language that has been in the bill since early January. Democratic accusations of last-minute changes in the bill are incorrect.

Democrats have promised to filibuster the bill until the no-abortion provision for victims of sex-trafficking is removed. This same language has been used in other legislation and President Obama has not signalled that he will veto the bill if the anti-abortion provision remains.  via Politico

Related: The Abortion Language in the Sex Trafficking Bill Would Make Life Harder For Rape Victims Huff Po

2. Loretta Lynch was profiled in The Atlantic this week, sharing new information about her North Carolina heritage. The nominee was the top student in her senior class but the administrators of Durham High School asked her not to claim her won spot of class valedictorian but share it instead with two white students to avoid controversy. This event occurred — not in the 1950s — but in 1977.

As a youngster, Miss Loretta did so well in her standardized tests, that her largely white elementary school asked her to take the tests again. Lynch complied and scored even higher the second time.

Boys Will Be Boys - When Will They Ever Grow Up?

3. The criminal investigation and severity of potential charges for current and/or former members of Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity hedges on the victims’ participation, writes BuzzFeed.

Police are urging women pictured in the closed-group Facebook pages to come forward and assist in the investigation. State College police said at a press conference that those responsible for posting photos of mostly naked women — while sleeping or unconscious — could be charged with misdemeanors of harassment and invasion of privacy.

Women legal experts seemed to view the charges as potentially more serious. ‘If they got the women doped up or intoxicated for the purpose of taking the pictures, then that would be a felony,’ said Jill Engle, a law professor at Penn State University, who also agreed that the women had to come forward.

Marina Angel, a professor at Temple Law School, suggested that if FB page members intentionally inebriated the women to take the nude photos, that would be a felony. If the women didn’t take off their own clothes, then they are victims of sexual assault, Angel explained.

Controlling Women’s Bodies

4. The latest headlines in fight to preserve women’s rights in America:

Montana House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban RH Reality Check

Idaho Telemedicine Abortion Ban Moves Through Senate RH Reality Check

Catholic bishop says women who become pregnant through rape should not ‘destroy a life in order to get back at the rapist’ The Independent UK

How states are playing politics with women’s bodies CNN

Texas GOP lawmaker: Women Will die if state defunds Planned Parenthood Salon

GOP Rep. Sarah Davis, herself a cancer survivor, is fighting back against her parties determination to end Planned Parenthood cancer screenings for poor Texas women.

From India: Rap Against Rape

The controversial ‘India’s daughter’ BBC documentary was released ahead of schedule in Britain on March 4, 2015. We will shortly install the entire documentary in AOC Salon on this link no later than Saturday, March 21.

After BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ surfaced online with an interview with one of the accused — Mukesh Singh — being the source of incredible statements about women in India, all hell broke loose. The film, made by Leslee Udwin, was banned by the Indian government and is on appeal with India’s Supreme Court. Indians were offended when the Delhi’s Nirbhaya gang rape case was the subject of the documentary, even though the rape brought people, including large numbers of men, into the street on behalf of women victims.

Trailer: ‘India’s Daughter’

Thursday
Feb092012

Believing in Birth Control Doesn't Make Me Un-American | 2Ps in a Pod

Sensual Rebel Models | IMG Show Package - New York F/W 2012 AOC Sensual Rebel

X-posted in AOC Sexual Politics

Hi Bro. Dennis,

I look forward to speaking with you and Paul tomorrow about your excellent trip to New York. I’ve just been so overwhelmed emotionally and psychologically with everything that is going on that I haven’t been able to write a response to your last blog post. Nor have I read Bro. Solomon’s article on feminine principles in the church — only due to lack of time. Our traffic is up 50% in the last three months. I’m working on my jewelry project — filled with problems, but I totally took over the design.)

You know that I’m working on getting asylum for my friend who stood against the flogging of 40,000 women a year in Sudan. We collaborated in smuggling this video out of the country and I was able to post the movie I made for Vimeo, when YouTube kept taking it down, deluged with complaints from Khartoum.

This woman was arrested for improper dress. I understand that even Pope John Paul used self-flagellation, according to Monsignor Slawomir Oder, John Paul’s postulator. But I simply can’t believe that this cruel flogging punishment is just for the 40,000 women of Sudan deemed to be not modest enough each year. 

Flogging of Sudanese Woman in Khartoum

Because I speak out on these issues, I am now banned in the Arab world, Bro Dennis. And soon I will be banned in America.

The minority is superb at silencing crimes against women in today’s digital world, even when they boo hoo incessantly that they have no power and are the victims of the Stalinist tactics of women like me.

Truthfully, Bro. Dennis, I don’t believe that I am the gestapo, no matter what the social conservatives say.

Because I am independent, I was able to keep the flogging video alive, while sending it on to Bloomberg News. Mayor Bloomberg’s company is one of the easiest to work with in broadcasting the horrors of violence against women. As you probably know, he put a $250,000 matching grant on the table last week for Planned Parenthood, when Komen moved to join the fight to shut down Planned Parenthood in America.

Declaration of Independence

I realize now that I must generate my own salary and living without depending on advertisers and even foundations, although I do believe there are grants out there for me. Watching the tactics of the prolife people, I realize there will come a time where if I have advertisers, the people who want me dead will try to shut down my financial support.

The only way for me to succeed financially is to receive my money from a group or organization that can’t be pressured to withdraw their support of me. That will be readers.

In the name of a higher calling to God and not the laws of America, the prolifers say that I have no right to express my ideas and beliefs in America. These very words should be silenced. FOX News says that I am a totalitarian feminist, an immoral and self-absorbed woman, and that I only care about myself.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

OMG | Bible Opposed To Higher Teachers Salaries | No Pink Ribbons for Planned Parenthood

Don’t Worry | Be Happy

Package Design & Unintended Pregnancy

In the second major recall of contraception in less than six months, Pfizer has recalled about 1 million packets of birth control pills because confusion in packaging has caused a misalignment of the pill order, increasing the likelihood of pregnancy. TIMELAND writes:

The affected pills include 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. All the pills were marketed by Akrimax Rx Products and have expiration dates ranging from July 31, 2013, to March 31, 2014. They were distributed to warehouses, clinics and pharmacies throughout the U.S.

Pfizer notified pharmacies and distributors on Dec. 28 that it was recalling the pills, writes the Wall Street Journal. The company believed, based on the “low defect rate and our health-hazard assessment,” that providing public notice wasn’t necessary. Late Tues. Pfizer changed its mind, deciding that perhaps women who were taking the pills and might become pregnant deserved to be notified.

Typically missing one pill or taking the wrong pill doesn’t result in an unintended pregnancy. The reality is that on their own, women are known to miss taking their contraceptive pill, thus increasing the possibility of pregnancy.

Is Bible Against Higher Pay for Teachers?

He said what??? Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill said that increasing pay for teachers is against ‘a biblical principle’ because it might attract people who otherwise wouldn’t do the job.

“Teachers need to make the money that they need to make,” McGill said, according to the Times-Journal. “If you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach … and these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God give ‘em.”

Alabama is leading the nation in beginning pay for teachers but lags significantly behind in average pay, writes Huff Po. In real terms, teacher pay has declined for 30 years, with an average starting salary of $39,000. The average ending salary is $67,000 says the New York Times.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Dr Tom Allen Reveals Karen Santorum As A Daddy's Girl, Calculating Woman Hypocrite

Updated on Wed, January 18, 2012 by Registered CommenterAnne

Karen Garver and Dr Tom AllenA Daily Beast eye opener Before Karen Met Rick is a jaw-dropper. We know that the GOP contender’s wife is opposed to birth control as well as abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. Mrs. Santorum — who herself survived a health emergency, receiving treatment most call a form of abortion but she insists was a natural delivery in the hospital of a 20-week old fetus that lived two hours, with no help from doctors or drugs (ahem) — has a new revelation.

Karen Garver Santorum lived through most of her 20s in a five-six year relationship with Tom Allen, a Pittsburgh obstetrician and abortion provider 40 years older than she.

The young woman’s father was a pediatrician and many of his patients were referred to him by Allen. Karen Garver left Tom Allen after meeting new love Rick Santorum. Karen apparently changed career courses from nursing to pursue her future as a lawyer. Garver met her future husband as an intern at Rick Santorum’s law firm.

Karen Garver Santorum, who left her six-year relationship with Dr Tom Allen after meeting Rick Santorum.Before changing gears, here please note that Rick Santorum said in 1997, that of course he would have chosen to save his wife’s life. Today he condemns her to death and their other children motherless — and Karen agrees.

“The doctors said they were talking about a matter of hours or a day or two before risking sepsis and both of them might die,” Santorum said. “Obviously, if it was a choice of whether both Karen and the child are going to die or just the child is going to die, I mean it’s a pretty easy call.”

Both Rick Santorum and his wife Karen are virulently opposed to any exceptions in the abortion debate, believing that birth control is also form of abortion. Believers in home schooling, it seems fare to say that the Santorums espouse a very traditional view of relations between men and women, even if Karen had a rather progressive beginning as a young adult woman.

Karen Santorum Lived for Several Years with National Leader in Safe Abortions

In fact, Dr Allen delivered Mrs. Santorum, born Karen Garver, in 1960. Karen Santorum’s six-year-long May-December affair began when she was 22 and a nursing student at Duquesne University and Allen was 63 and founder of the Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Dr Allen’s enjoyment of much younger women was well known and the reason for his first divorce. Karen Garver called Allen for advice on an apartment near Duquesne University and moved into a basement apartment close by Allen’s two-floor apartment.

Recalling the day they began their relationship the Daily Mail picks up the story:

‘That first night, as soon as it got dark, she called to say she was scared and asked if she could come up.

‘I figured it was a come-on, but that was OK’.

During her relationship with Dr Allen, Karen Garver saw the world with several European holidays, as well as a trip to Hong Kong. Her partner bought her a grand piano and paid to have her teeth straightened. That’s a pretty sweet situation.

Six Degrees of Separation

Reading the Beast story, I shook my head over the details of Karen Santorum’s relationship with Dr Allen and his clinic, traveling back in time to my own Karen Garver years.

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