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Montana Abortion Clinic That Survived A Firebombing Attack Was Broken Into & Vandalized

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All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in Flathead Valley, Montana, which provides abortions as well as numerous other reproductive health surfaces to women, suffered a break-in and extensive vandalism on March 3rd.

All Families Healthcare experienced damage to its furniture, medical instruments and supplies, file cabinets, sewer line, furnace and water heater. A yellow powder also covered almost everything inside the clinic, The Missoulian newspaper reported. The clinic is run by Susan Cahill, a physician’s assistant in MT since the 1970s. In 1994, her clinic was firebombed by an anti-abortion extremist as part of a string of attacks against eight clinics that terminate pregnancies. At that time, Cahill’s clinic had to be closed for five months for repairs. Activists mobilized quickly after the most recent attack on the clinic and as of of today, an IndieGogo campaign has raised $41,000 and counting to repair the damage — and there are still 27 days left for the online fundraiser. Keep reading »

Virginia’s GOP Candidate Ken Cuccinelli Donated Money To “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

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  • Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has donated money to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” anti-abortion groups which present themselves as being medical clinics. CPCs will stop at nothing to prevent women from terminating unwanted pregnancies, including erroneously telling them abortion causes breast cancer. Cuccinelli has donated thousands of dollars to CPCs over the past four years, according to his tax returns. Gross, gross, gross. [Mother Jones]
  • Your friendly neighborhood men’s rights activist doesn’t “give a damn” about female rape victims. [Raw Story]
  • Family planning isn’t about sluts wanting to be slutty — it’s about creating a society where taxpayers do not spend $12.5 billion dollars on the cost of unintended pregnancies. This was the amount that the government spent in 2008 on covering unintended pregnancies through programs like Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Indian Health Service, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute.  Why, exactly, are conservatives so resistant to women planning their pregnancies so more families could have babies they can actually afford? This makes ZERO sense to me.  [Guttmacher]
  • The NFL is lining its pockets with profits from Breast Cancer Awareness swag. [Clutch Magazine]
  • A Black woman on why she is not interested in reclaiming the word “slut.” [Salon] Keep reading »

Pro-Choice Activist Secretly Tapes “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Counselor Lying

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  • Kate, a 24-year-old pro-choice activist, went undercover at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in Cleveland and secretly taped the counselor doling out medically inaccurate advice, like how emergency contraception could cause her to “hemorrhage” and “is like having an abortion.” It’s absolutely outrageous the way the counselor completely lies to her! You have to watch these videos, they’re insane. How scary is it that plenty of women go to CPCs because they think they will receive real, actual, medically unbiased reproductive health counseling? [Salon]
  • Singer India.Arie addresses the controversy from earlier in the year that suggested she lightened her dark skin on the cover of her new single, “Cocoa Butter.” [Madame Noire]
  • Why does anyone give a shit if Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard knits? [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Victory For Baltimore “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”

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  • “Crisis pregnancy centers” in Baltimore are having their First Amendment rights violated by being required to post notices that state they do not offer abortion referrals or birth control, an appeals court has ruled. “CPCs” are primarily run by anti-abortion activists, located near abortion clinics, and use trickery to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. Baltimore created an ordinance in 2009 telling them they must be transparent to women; however, the courts have repeatedly that ordinance is regulating CPCs’ speech. [Bloomberg]
  • Why has the blog TV Tropes deleted its entire content page about “rape tropes” in popular culture at Google’s behest? This is disturbing to me. [The Mary Sue]
  • Nationwide vigils have been planed for a young lesbian couple who were found shot on Saturday at a park in Texas.  [Queerty] Keep reading »

Rick Santorum Should Have 72-Hour Waiting Period Before He Can Abort His Campaign

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Not that I wanted Sen. Rick Santorum to continue his presidential campaign of caveman asshattery. But it doesn’t seem fair that he should get to just, you know, choose that choice for himself while women around the country are forced to wait up to 72 hours to make a decision about their own freakin’ uterus. Ashley Judd, Michelle Trachtenberg, and a couple other ladies have the best idea on how to fix this injustice: Rick Santorum should have a 72-day waiting period — and a healthy dose of “non-judgmental” lecturing — before he can abort his campaign. Rick, are you sure this is the right decision? Are you suuuure?  [Funny Or Die]

Idaho To Vote On Bill Forcing Ultrasound Before Abortion

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Idaho’s state senate may vote as early as today on a bill that will force women to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Anti-abortion activists say forcing a woman to have an ultrasound gives her “more information” before an abortion. Pro-choice activists and doctors say this is just another a tactic to restrict middle- and low-income women’s access to abortion, as the additional cost can be prohibitively expensive for women who already may be struggling to pay to end an unwanted pregnancy.

And guess who would love to jump in and “help” with that financial conundrum? Idaho’s so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which offer free ultrasounds to women but are staffed by anti-abortion activists — not actual doctors! — who will do everything, including lie to women, to stop them from terminating a pregnancy. Several cities around the country have actually passed legislation to thwart CPCs from misleading women.  

So, to recap: Idaho women would be forced by law to have an ultrasound and if they cannot afford that ultrasound, the only place they could get one for free would be from anti-abortion activists.

Let’s have a big round of applause for women’s health care in America, everybody!

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San Francisco Smacks “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” For Misleading Women About Abortion

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First Resort, a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in San Francisco, has until the end of the month to change its advertisements misleading women about abortion-related services — or else. “Crisis pregnancy centers” often look like women’s health clinics and advertise about pregnancy counseling and services; they claim to help women pay for prenatal care and give them free diapers and other baby supplies. However, CPCs are frequently run by religious organizations and don’t have actual medical professionals on staff; instead, they “counsel” women to not have abortions. Thus, the SF city attorney sent First Resort a cease-and-desist letter warning them about its ads that “appear to be designed to confuse or mislead consumers.” The SF Supervisor Malia Cohen also introduced an ordinance on Tuesday that would punish CPCs for using misleading statements in their ads that make it seem like they provide abortion or counseling for abortions. Keep reading »

What Really Happens Inside A “Crisis Pregnancy Center”? Slate Explains

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Yesterday, I talked about Florida’s “Woman’s Right To Know Act,” which sounds all lovely and innocuous but is actually this Orwellian-named, anti-abortion bill that would require women, including rape and incest victims, to see an ultrasound of their fetus before an abortion. Oh. Ugh. So-called “crisis pregnancy centers” — which can also be called innocuous-sounding “pregnancy help centers” or “pregnancy care centers” — take the cake for Orwellian names. America’s 3,000+ CPCs portray themselves as “clinics” to help women with unwanted pregnancies. However, they are often run by and/or almost entirely bankrolled by anti-abortion activists or Christian groups and despite occasionally owning an ultrasound machine, have no medical professionals on staff. As Slate.com’s Explainer, um, explains, a 2006 investigation by Congress even found some CPCs tell women over the phone that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, which a lil’ something called the National Cancer Institute says is not true. Keep reading »

South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait, “Counseling,” Before Abortion

South Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota. What are we doing to do with you? Governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, has signed an extreme bill that will require women seeking an abortion to wait three whole days after meeting with her doctor for the procedure to be performed. This law will now be the longest waiting period in the nation. The bill also requires women receive pre-abortion “counseling” from so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which are anti-abortion groups that try to dissuade women from terminating pregnancies at all costs. A court challenge is expected imminently. But nevertheless, it’s a shameful day for women’s reproductive rights in America. [Reuters, NPR] Keep reading »

South Dakota To Require “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Counseling, 72 Hour Wait, Before An Abortion

You fail at life, South Dakota: the state’s senate has passed a bill that requires a woman wait 72 hours and receive “counseling” from so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” before an abortion. SD’s governor, who is anti-abortion, said he is “inclined” to sign the bill into law. Keep reading »

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