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Texas To Cut Off Funding For Poor Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood

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A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Texas is now allowed to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Planned Parenthood performs abortions, which the state opposes, and therefore they are allowed to defund the clinics.

The program helps roughly 130,00 low-income women with health care; it aids women who would not qualify for Medicaid unless they are pregnant. The WHP has always funded Planned Parenthood clinics in the past; its mandate is not to fund “abortion-providing entities” and Planned Parenthood got around that by creating a separate legal entity to accept the funds to use for non-abortion health care. The state knew that and funded the clinics anyway. But then the state of Texas decided it was more de riguer and keeping with the times to defund Planned Parenthood over all this. It rewrote language saying WHP funding couldn’t even go to abortion-providing affiliates. Keep reading »

Paul Ryan Backpedals On His Politically Inconvenient Views Regarding “Forcible Rape”

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Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
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Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
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Don't Pay Attention To My Extreme Views!

Poor anti-abortion Republicans. It must be so hard having the general public pay attention to your extremist views. Case in point: Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is against legal abortion and joined Republicans — including Rep. Todd Akin! —  last year to try to rewrite language in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act (background here), saying government funding could only cover abortions in the case of “forcible rape.”

The language was rejected when more reasonable minds were horrified that a woman who had been roofied and raped would be told “no” if she asked for help terminating a pregnancy resulting from it. Because that’s rape, too.  The implication was, of course, that if a woman wasn’t “forcibly” raped — as in, a man jumps out from the behind the bushes — she might be lying and really doesn’t deserve to get help ending her pregnancy. You might even say she was not the victim of a “legitimate rape.” Keep reading »

Planned Parenthood Launches Breast Health Initiative

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Breast cancer survivor fights to swim topless in public pool. Read More »
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Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?

This astonishingly high statistic is one of the many things I learned about breast health at Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Initiative briefing yesterday. Surrounded by some incredibly influential and inspirational women, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and actress/activist Gabrielle Union, I was informed about the lives that screenings have already saved and the ways in which Planned Parenthood is expanding their services. Keep reading »

Republicans Asking Rep. Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Race

  • Republicans are calling on poorly informed Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of his Senatorial race in Missouri.  Like, begging him: Seriously, please, dude. You are making us look terrible. [Huffington Post]
  • Other things Rep. Akin believes to be true about the uterus! [The Awl]
  • And here’s Em and Lo’s send-up of the top five kinds of “illegitimate rape.” [Em & Lo]
  • Just a friendly reminder that in 2007, Mitt Romney said he would be “delighted” to sign a bill banning all abortions nationwide. His statement on Sunday night in response to the Akin incident said he supports abortion in cases of rape and incest. Before that, he identified as pro-choice and attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. So, which is it? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Everyone Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Is A Moron, Except For Those Who Don’t

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
It Was Rape
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Victims hold signs with of words said before, during, or after the assault. Read More »
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Warning: Not Actual Science

Amelia is still down on the floor of her bathroom with her hand mirror, trying to find that anti-pregnancy rape mechanism thingamajig [APRMT] inside that will keep her from getting pregnant if she’s raped. I keep telling her that no such body part actually exists in a woman’s body and Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is just a dumbass, but she is all, like, “No, Jessica! Our elected officials would not lie to us. I will find this thing!” Hmm. I don’t think she’ll get much editing done today.

The good news is that a lot of people have come out to say Rep. Akin’s comments were medically inaccurate — a 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that approximately 32,000 pregnancies each year are the result of rape— and that casting doubt on whether rape is “legitimate” or not is horrible. The bad news is that other people have come out to defend him. Keep reading »

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

  • A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the only physician who had admitting privileges recently died and the clinic could not afford to stay open while other physicians obtained them.  [Washington Post]
  • Twelve Democratic women running for office in the U.S. have already bested their competitors in fundraising. [Politico]
  • Chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov was arrested for protesting outside the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow today. The three band members were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism.” [The Quietus]
  • Criminal prosecution of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, was dropped today. [KansasCity.com]
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Girl Talk: I Had An Abortion

Mother Aborted Me?
This author explains why her mother should have aborted her. Read More »
My Miscarriage
One writer discusses her miscarriage. Read More »
This Is My Body
This is a video anti-abortion activists need to see. Read More »

This piece first appeared on Eyelid’s LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here.

So uh, don’t freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend.

Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy’s Law.  Patrick and I both thought it was pretty funny, in that “oh, life” way, when it occurred to me a few days after I missed my period why I wasn’t bleeding.

Being first-trimester crazy (I have fits of horrific rage, I get depressed, I can’t sleep, I can’t concentrate) has made everything more difficult these last couple weeks.  Having an abortion is really not that big of a deal, but it would be even less of a deal if one were not suffering from overhormones when it’s all going down.

I didn’t really waffle at all on it.  Patrick and I are both exhausted.  When we are at home dealing with the kids, someone constantly needs something (or many people need things at once), and then there’s cleaning up after four kids, etc.  We already should do more for our kids than we do.  There is no way we can deal with another pregnancy or baby on top of one-year-old twins, two older children, work, and life.  I could feel Patrick’s terror at the thought; he’s already on his last nerve.  It would also be very difficult to afford.  and where would we put another baby? Keep reading »

Former Susan G. Komen Exec Karen Handel Writes Anti-Planned Parenthood Book

Grants Pulled
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has halted grants to Planned Parenthood. Read More »
Komen Site Hacked
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Susan G. Komen for the Cure's web site was hacked. Read More »
Karen Handel Resigns
Karen Handel has left Komen after the funding controversy. Read More »

God bless America, the land where you can resign from your job in shame after doing something douchey and then turn around and blame it on the victim of your attack.  I speak, of course, of Karen Handel, an anti-abortion ex-politician and former executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who resigned in February after attempting to defund Planned Parenthood. Although Komen’s grants were only used for cancer screenings, PP was targeted because some clinics perform abortions.

Handel has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for a book called Planned Bullyhood, out in September. Planned Bullyhood, huh? Because giving Pap smears to low-income women who have no other health care options is so bullying! “Glee” should do a dance number! Get Lady Gaga on the phone! Anti-abortion activists were born this way! Keep reading »

Gay Rights, Planned Parenthood On Agenda At Democratic National Convention

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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions. Read More »
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Next month the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democratic delegates will nominate President Barack Obama for their candidate. Such events are not just about nominating a candidate, though, but an overall PR blitz for their party’s values.

Politico has seen drafts (“a starting point”) of convention-planning documents describing the DNC’s alleged plans, most notable of which will include pairs of individuals discussing Obama’s policies in comparison to Mitt Romney’s. But it is the precise people they suggest that leaves a slightly bad taste in my mouth. Instead of a gay couple — the documents explicitly say “not a gay couple” — one pair will be a “parent and a gay son or daughter.” Another pair, who will discuss Planned Parenthood, will be a “husband who talks about how a Pap smear saved his wife’s life,” as well as his spouse.

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5 Reasons I’m Going To Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes – And You Should Go, Too

I Stand With PP!
The importance of Planned Parenthood in women's lives. Read More »
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How you can help protect access to reproductive health care. Read More »
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7 things to know about the shutdown over Planned Parenthood. Read More »

I’m one of the hundreds of people signed up to go to Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes this fall.  Here are the top five reasons I hope you’ll be joining me there. Keep reading »

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