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Today’s Lady News: Vigil For Savita On Tuesday At Irish Embassy In NYC

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  • Pro-choice activists will hold a candelit vigil outside the Irish Consulate in New York City tomorrow evening to remember Savita Halappanavar. The 31-year-old Indian woman died in an Irish hospital last month because doctors refused to provide an abortion while she was miscarrying; she eventually died from blood poisoning.  The embassy is located at 345 Park Avenue and will begin at 6:30 p.m. More information about the vigil here.
  • Medical facilities (including those who provide abortions) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will now have a 20-foot buffer zone. It is intended to keep anti-abortion protesters from harassing patients as they enter and leave clinics. [Feminist.org]
  • Health care providers for low-income women in Texas are going to appeal directly to the federal government for funding after being shut out by the conservative state legislature. [Texas Observer] Keep reading »

Did The Election Reinvigorate Pro-Choice Support?

  • All the rapey nonsense of the 2012 election seems to have reinvigorated support amongst Americans to identify themselves as “pro-choice.” We have to remember, though, that when asked about support for legal abortion, people give different answers depending on how the question is phrased: “pro-choice” versus “pro-life,” “support legal abortion in all cases” versus “support legal abortion in some cases” versus “never support legal abortion.” So while I’m happy to hear that in a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, 54 percent of likely U.S. voted described themselves as “pro-choice,” I know it’s not as simple as that.  [Jezebel]
  • Check out this trailer for “Why Do You Have Black Dolls?”, a new documentary about why little kids need black babydolls. [Uptown Magazine]
  • The United States now only ranks 79th in the world for women’s political representation. Only 79th, you guys! (That’s sarcasm, in case you didn’t pick up on it.) [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Protests In Ireland Over 31-Year-Old Woman Refused Medical Care During Miscarriage

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Earlier this week, the world reacted to the news that a hospital in Ireland refused medical care to a woman during her miscarriage and she eventually died from blood poisoning. Savita Halappanavar, a dentist, began slowly and painfully miscarrying at 17 weeks into her pregnancy, but University Hospital Galway refused to terminate the pregnancy because a fetal heartbeat could still be detected. Halappanavar and her husband, who are both Indian and Hindu, repeatedly asked for an abortion but were told no because Ireland is “a Catholic country.” Within days, the fetus died inside Halappanavar and was removed, but it was too late; she died soon after at age 31 from blood poisoning and E.coli ESBL.  Keep reading »

Irish Woman Savita Halappanavar, 31, Dies Because Hospital Refuses Abortion

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Savita Halappanavar

A young dentist named Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland because University Hospital Galway repeatedly refused to perform an abortion. Doctors would not terminate the clearly-failing pregnancy while she was undergoing a painful miscarriage because the fetal heartbeat was still present. Her fetus was eventually removed from her body when the heartbeat stopped, but not after she suffered over three days in pain. After her liver, heart and kidneys slowed and were barely functioning, Halappanavar died at age 31 of septicemia (blood poisoning) and E.coli ESBL. Keep reading »

No Abortion Access? You’re At Increased Risk For Poverty

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  • Denying women access to abortion services makes women more likely to fall below the poverty line in the subsequent years, according to a study out of the University of San Francisco. Which, if you think about it, makes sense: many women who have abortions are already mothers and choose to terminate a pregnancy rather than raise a child they (perhaps already) cannot afford. And then guess who needs public assistance from the government? You guessed it! [Think Progress]
  • Behold, the most sexist media incidents of 2012. Read it and weep, ladies. No, really, read it. And weep. [Name It Change It (PDF)] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: The Election Is Over But I’m Still Scared

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Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

It’s over.

For a while, I managed to hold it together. There was pie to eat and wine to drink and a couch to sink gratefully into. There were friends to laugh with and sigh with, dishes to clean up, and an 8am meeting on my calendar to shake my fist at. There were distractions galore.

Around midnight Tuesday night, when my friends trickled out of the apartment, yawning, and I was alone again, I stretched out on the couch for the long wait. I remember how I felt in 2008 watching Obama’s acceptance speech, and I wanted that feeling again. Keep reading »

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