Who's influencing reproductive policy in Canada?
Unfortunately, the difference between the religious right in Canada and our neighbours to the south is not so much doctrinal as it is window dressing. The Tea Party’s "late term abortion" red herring with its attendant gruesome imagery very much parallels the "gender-selection" trope of the Conservative base in Canada. It’s a matter of media and public relations, knowing your audience and playing to its sympathies.
"And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"
After this pointed observation, Michigan Representative Lisa Brown (D) was subsequently barred from speaking on a bill about the retirement of school employees.
Meanwhile, many remember a similar kerfuffle over the word "uterus
" in Florida last May.
"This is an attempt at recovery. This Essay hopes to call attention to then-Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 1972 merits brief in Struck v. Secretary of Defense. The brief has been underappreciated in part because the Supreme Court of the United States eventually declined to decide the case.” On the 40th anniversary
of the brief's submission, read Reva Siegel's compelling essay
[pdf] on this overlooked brief in which “Ginsburg and the women’s movement talked about pregnancy discrimination in a way that ties together pregnancy discrimination and women’s equality, and women’s equality and reproductive freedom, before the Court split them apart,” and imagine what might have been had the Supreme Court decided Struck v. Secretary of Defense in 1972.
Since 1988, the Center for Reproductive Rights
has compiled a visual map of the laws regulating abortion throughout the world. Earlier this month, they released their 2011 Map in pdf
and updated their online World Abortion Laws Map
in a new interactive format which allows country comparisons and provides text of abortion laws for certain countries. (Via Good: Can I get an Abortion Here? The Abortion Rights Map of the World)
"A Quiverfull daughter is taught from a young age that her purpose in life is to serve the man whom God has placed in authority over her."
An interview with ex-Quiverfull believer Vyckie Garrison (of NoLongerQuivering
) provides some chilling insight into the lifestyle, fears, motivations, and movers and shakers of the Quiverfull
(also posted at PoliticusUSA
Tegan Leach, the first Queensland woman to be charged with procuring her own miscarriage, has been acquitted
. She faced seven years in prison if found guilty. [more inside]
Abortion Drugs Given in Iowa via Video Link.
"The situation has played out hundreds of times. From his office here, a doctor asks a woman on the computer screen before him one final question: Are you ready to take your pill? Then, with a click of his mouse, a modified cash register drawer pops open in front of the woman seated next to a nurse in a clinic
— perhaps 100 miles from this city — with mifepristone, the medicine formerly known as RU-486, that is meant to end her pregnancy." [Via]
, also called the "morning after pill" is an emergency contraceptive
. Some pharmacists have refused
to stock and fill the prescription, citing ethical reservations, causing the AMA to affirmatively state its support for the contraceptive
and urge pharmacists to sell it and for the FDA to allow over-the-counter distribution. A partial victory was achieved in 2006
to allow OTC dispensing without a doctor's note for those over 18 years of age.
However, some pharmacists continued
to refuse to fill the prescription, including the owners of Ralph's Thriftway pharmacy chain in Washington State in 2006, causing some to boycott the chain
. Ralph's was later found
by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy to have violated the state pharmacy code in so doing. Ralph's lawsuit to block the ruling
reached the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which has now ruled against the pharmacy chain, saying ALL pharmacists must stock and dispense the contraceptive. [more inside]
already have laws
[PDF] related to abortion ultrasounds
. Eleven more states have recently introduced bills that demand that a woman who wants an abortion be forced to look at the ultrasound, while a doctor describes what she is seeing. All of these bills are because the legislators believe that adoption is the only choice a woman should make. This essay, On Living Pro-Lifer's Choice for Women
, explores the difficulties faced by birth mothers who choose that path.
Labor of Love
: when a married couple wanted to start a family and the wife was unable to conceive or carry because of previous surgeries, her husband, who is transgendered and legally male, stopped taking his testosterone and was inseminated.
Roe v. Wade for Men?
"The laws that protect men and women from being forced into parenthood are highly discriminatory. Women are protected by abortion and abandonment laws. But when men are lied to about birth control or fertility, paternity and child support laws can disrupt their education and force upon them a future of distress associated with the unwanted child, support payments, the stigma of illegitimacy and a gut wrenching anguish that most people can't imagine." Or so says The National Center For Men
who filed a lawsuit today to give men the same reproductive rights as women.
The death of Roe v. Wade from a thousand cuts "Two weeks ago Paul Pressler, the architect of the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, described how the Religious Right intended to deal with Roe v. Wade. After expressing his elation with the selection of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court he said, "Roe v. Wade won't be revoked, it will die the death of a thousand cuts and qualifications and regulations until it gradually disappears."
- Dr. Bruce Prescott, from the eyewall of America's religious wars (Executive Director of "Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists"), notes
the culmination of long-laid plans.
Turning Pickets Into Pledges
Planned Parenthood has launched a new program that "creates a no-win situation for anti-choice protesters — the more picketers who demonstrate outside a Planned Parenthood
clinic, the more donations that clinic receives." This campaign allows supporters to pledge between 25 cents and one dollar per protester -- not a lot of money, but it adds up to thousands over time.