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Links 1 through 10 of 177 by Camryl 9 tagged reproductive_justice

According to Newsweek, the abortion pill RU-486 has gained in popularity in recent years, not because taking pills is super fun, but because pro-life activists scare the shit out of people.

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A question of who should be allowed access to a safe form of contraception is at its root a question of how badly we want to, or believe that we can, police young women’s sexuality. When Obama is talking about his daughters, we know he’s not really basing his opinion on an anxiety that they might suffer the adverse effects of drinking a whole jug of Pepto-Bismol or swallowing 50 Advil, things that any 11-year-old who walks into a CVS with a wad of cash could theoretically do. When he says that he wants to “apply common sense” to questions of young women’s access to emergency contraception, he is telegraphing his discomfort with the idea of young women’s sexual agency, or more simply, with the idea of them having sex lives at all. This discomfort might be comprehensible from an emotional, parental point of view. But these are not familial discussions

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...former FDA official Susan Wood ...[rejected] Sebelius’s claim that more data is needed on safety and label comprehension for the youngest of possible emergency contraception users:...

Wood also notes that because the age restriction remains, access for older women remains restricted – emergency contraception is available without a prescription for those over 17, but is still behind a pharmacy counter.

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The idea that God created women for the specific purpose of being fruitful and multiplying is heavily promoted as part of the "Pro-Life" teachings among Evangelical Christian believers.

As a teenager, I was introduced to the Pro-Life movement via Randall Terry's "Operation Rescue." Led by charismatic Mr. Terry, our church staged a "rescue" at the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City. I was horrified by the ministry's literature which showed graphic pictures of butchered babies. How could anyone make a "choice" to murder their own tiny, precious pre-born baby? ...

Quiverfull is mainly a women's movement ...it is older women teaching younger women that God's best plan for their lives includes bearing a "quiver full" of children - training their sons to be "mighty warriors" in the battle for God's Kingdom and their daughters to be "suitable help meets" for their future husbands.

[Quotes chapter and verse, literally, from the Bible and from Quiverfull leaders. -L]

Yes - of course, Michelle Duggar has a right to utilize her own womb however she likes. But, I don't agree with Williams' premise that Michelle Duggar's choice to have 20 babies is "just another side of reproductive choice."

[Well. I think *protecting her legal right* to have 20 babies is another side of reproductive choice. But I haven't heard that her rights are under attack, so... -L.]

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In any other context, we would be shocked at the suggestion that an organization’s religious affiliation should take precedence over an individual’s health care needs. Unfortunately, we have become so accustomed to religious objections to women’s health needs that they can seem commonplace.

It is important to remember, however, that many laws — including those we consider core to America’s values — initially confronted religiously-grounded opposition.

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The recent legal case of a group of anti-choice nurses who claim they had their rights violated when the hospital forced them to participate in performing abortions became a bit of a head-scratcher when both sides claimed the other was lying.

...the real issue might be that the nurses and the hospital have two entirely different definitions of "participating" in a procedure.

...to the nurses, being asked to have any contact with the women, even as much as taking a temperature or helping her down the hall once she has recovered, is "participating in an abortion procedure."

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I helped organize students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Mississippi, including Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Tougaloo College. When I did my first classroom announcement at Jackson State about Initiative 26, students were outraged about how this initiative could affect access the Pill, and they volunteered to get involved and spread the message to their peers and classmates. Though the majority of students on campuses across the state were barely familiar with the initiative when I and other Feminist Majority Foundation organizers arrived, it did not take long for students to realize that their rights to the the Pill, IUDs and emergency contraceptives could be at stake if 26 passed.

Students at Tougaloo held forums and a rally against 26

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Somer Leon decided that she didn't want one more San Francisco woman tricked by crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). ...launched a campaign on Change.org, calling for truth-in-advertising legislation that would bar these "fake clinics" from claiming non-existent services. The bill passed the local Board of Supervisors with overwhelming support on Tuesday, with Leon's petition credited for demonstrating support for the bill.

Thousands of CPCs exist nationwide, and the majority -- 87%, according to a Congressional report -- mislead or lie to patients. These ideological fake clinics lure in pregnant women with false advertising about offering comprehensive reproductive health care... They lack trained medical personnel, don't provide advertised services, ... some go as far as telling a patient she's not pregnant in order to keep her from considering abortion, which can pose a serious health risk.

...What can you do to make sure that women in your hometown won't get tricked...?

1. Use the list of known CPCs on CPCWatch.org or Google to find out if there are centers in your area.
2. Find out who the members of you local City Council or Board of Supervisors are.
3. Start a petition on Change.org asking them to pass truth-in-advertising legislation regulating crisis pregnancy centers.
4. Share your petition with friends and through social media...

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If the bills become law and zygotes are afforded the protection of legal personhood, abortion would be legally equivalent to murder, as would almost anything that interfered with the zygote's development. ...

Like the Mississippi amendment, none of the personhood bills being considered in Congress contain any exemptions for victims of rape or incest.

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