Federal grant thwarts GOP-led effort to close North Carolina Planned Parenthood clinic | McClatchy

DURHAM, N.C. — One of the battles won by the conservatives who took over the North Carolina Legislature this session was stripping Planned Parenthood of its funding.

But it is turning out to be a short-lived victory. The women’s health organization has successfully applied for federal funds and will soon receive more than three times the amount Republican lawmakers had withheld.

“We’ve weathered these increasing attacks on women’s health care access the past couple of years,” Paige Johnson, vice president of external and governmental affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, said Tuesday. “Now we’re able to do more for our patients.”

The GOP strategy to defund Planned Parenthood would be considered more symbolic – by law, federal money can’t be used for abortions – than substantial if it wasn’t for its direct impact on the women’s health clinic in Durham.

The amount legislators cut, $125,000, was a sliver of the $20.2 billion state budget, but losing it meant that Planned Parenthood’s clinic in North Durham would have to close. That clinic doesn’t handle abortions; it provides contraceptives, pap smears and breast exams and does testing for diabetes, high cholesterol and sexually transmitted diseases.

Now, with $426,000 in what is known as Title X funding, the Durham clinic expects to see a fourfold increase in patients, to about 2,000 a year, said Emily Adams, vice president of operations. Adams said the funding dispute was a close call.

“We have patients who have been coming to us for over a decade,” Adams said. “When they turned to us and we didn’t have sure resources, that’s where it really hits.”

via Federal grant thwarts GOP-led effort to close North Carolina Planned Parenthood clinic | McClatchy.

How Many Otherwise Socially Liberal Men Have Abandoned Reproductive Rights?

Recently, I noticed a troublesome consequence of the Ron Paul candidacy for president. An entire generation of men (and potentially women) who worship at the altar of Paul, and who consider themselves to be the highest arbiters of what constitutes freedom, may have been sucked into his backward views on a woman’s right to choose. They’ve demonstrated that while they claim they are the most independent-minded voters in the nation, they actually follow their unquestioned leader down every path he chooses. In other words, many of them have become completely comfortable with the idea that women do not have the same rights to liberty that men do. Given that his views on abortion, and even birth control, are some of the most regressive in this country, it is difficult to see how this damage can be undone.

I have the annoying misfortunate of being related to a Ron Paul sycophant. My Facebook newsfeed is often awash with Ron Paul propaganda even today, despite the dear leader’s “suspension” of active campaigning. His self-proclaimed “army” of followers is highly invested in the so-called delegate strategy, and despite the odds, simply not willing to let go. So, recently, a new type of post began to show up in my Facebook feed: anti-choice propaganda. One post involved an artist’s rendering of an alleged 12-week old fetus, looking for all the world like a day-old baby, cupped in a hand with the caption, “Does this look like a bunch of cells to you?” This post was coming from a young man who had traditionally supported women’s reproductive rights, that is, until Ron Paul started preaching.

I seriously doubt this is the only individual to morph his views to match his infallible idol. When I searched the Internet for similar anti-women’s rights Paulites, they were easy to find in comments sections across many different sites. For example, one comment read, “I think he is fighting for the individual rights of the baby, not the woman.” Another read, “If, as you crazily claim, that Ron Paul thinks that women aren’t people, then why doesn’t he qualify his anti-abortion position to exclude females in the womb?” Or there was, “Dr. Paul has enlightened me that abortion is wrong because it is taking a life.” They went on and on like this.

Just how repressive is Ron Paul when it comes to women’s right to choose? He has repeatedly forwarded proposals such as the “Sanctity of Life Act” which states that life begins at conception. People who want to give personhood rights to zygotes from the moment egg meets sperm typically want to outlaw most forms of birth control, because they do not just prevent the joining of egg and sperm, but rather prevent implantation of a zygote in the uterus…

Continue Reading: How Many Otherwise Socially Liberal Men Have Abandoned Reproductive Rights?

This is exactly the reason I can’t support Ron Paul in any fashion, even though I agree with his anti-war stance and drug policy. I also disagree with his views on civil rights legislation and his call to end government entities like the EPA and Department of Education. Well, I guess I disagree with most of what he says, but he is an entertaining little man. His “followers” are maddening, though.

From both ends of the political spectrum, his acolytes constantly lament the “sheeple” who drink the kool-aid of big government and feed the war machine. Their air of superiority and condescension instantly turns me off, even if I am inclined to agree with a portion of what they say. It is not persuasive to denigrate those who you would try to “enlighten.” To win the Info Wars, one shouldn’t sound so much like the drones that you so ardently despise. 

Biblical Abortion: A Christian’s View | RH Reality Check

The American version of the War on Women has been going on for quite some time, and one of the most long-standing fronts in this war is abortion. It’s an unpleasant topic that’s fraught with complexities and complications, so it’s been a frequent tool in dividing us into Pro- and Anti- camps of social warfare (and in the cases of murders of doctors and bombings of clinics, actual violent warfare).

The War on Women has been especially effective in getting many to feel as though Christians need to march in lockstep against the idea of allowing abortions of any type to ever be legal, to the point of criminalizing miscarriage, itself. Those who try to conscript religious Christians into this war do so under the argument that the Bible itself demands such a prohibition.

Except that it doesn’t. The Bible never once specifically forbids abortions; it’s actually quite the contrary! Not only were methods of abortion well-known at the time, there’s times when the Bible states God commands that one take place. I’m going to walk through a few examples as illustrations.

Continue Reading via Biblical Abortion: A Christian’s View | RH Reality Check.

Planned Parenthood: ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’ Law A Disservice to Students | Tennessee Report

Tennessee has the tenth highest rate of teenage births in the United States. At Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region, we hear every day from young people who say they were never taught the facts about sex and pregnancy prevention. That’s why we were especially disappointed today to hear that Governor Bill Haslam had signed a bill that guts the state’s “family life” sexuality education program.

HB 3621/SB 3310, signed by Governor Haslam today, will change Tennessee’s family life curriculums to “exclusively and emphatically promote sexual risk avoidance through abstinence, regardless of a student’s current or prior sexual experience”—effectively denying students valuable and even life-saving information about contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

This new law also allows teachers or outside contractors to be sued for “encouraging” or “condoning” nonspecific “gateway sexual behavior.” Some critics have speculated that teachers could even be held liable if students hold hands or kiss in their presence.

via Planned Parenthood: ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’ Law A Disservice to Students | Tennessee Report.

Tennessee governor Bill Haslem signed the “Gateway Sexual Activity” bill in to law, which sailed through the state legislature by a landslide vote. The sex police have declared that teachers who discuss safe sex or contraception will be fined and may be sued. Abstinence is the only option that may be taught. Holding hands and kissing is to be discouraged as a “gateway activity” to sex. Why have sex education at all? If kids can’t be fully informed of all of the options available to prevent disease and pregnancy, what’s the point? I think they would probably get much better information on their own. Hello, Google.

Kirby: Wait 3 days for a Utah abortion? Why not wait to have sex, too? | The Salt Lake Tribune

For the record, I do not support abortion. It’s not a religious thing. The idea of terminating life for the sake of convenience just gives me the creeps.

Wait, it gets worse. Seriously … no, wait. C’mon … HEY! Shut up and let me finish. Damn.

There’s also something else I’m not. I’m not a woman with a kid inside her wondering what I’m going to do about it. Abortion may creep me out for any number of reasons, but I’m a guy. For me, the issue of abortion exists largely in theory.

See, I’m not the person who has to wear that kid for nine months and then be personally responsible for it when the weasel half of the parenting equation disappears or won’t man up. So.

Know what else I don’t support? I don’t support government making any really personal decisions for me. I hate a government that promises to reduce its involvement in my personal life yet grows more meddlesome and domineering every year.

However, I do like mandatory 72-hour waiting periods. This is a religious position. I have an unshakable faith that people are morons — including you and me. But especially you.

READ MORE: Kirby: Wait 3 days for a Utah abortion? Why not wait to have sex, too? | The Salt Lake Tribune.

This guy is for mandatory 72-hour waits for all major life decisions. Funny.

Does anyone find it ironic that the same people who support all of these restrictive laws  affecting women’s reproductive choices also flip the hell out when someone brings up waiting periods to buy a gun? Sigh. I don’t get it.

Pennsylvania Governor Hopes To Change Women’s Choice On Abortion | ThinkProgress

Pennsylvania Governor TOM CORBETT: “I think we have over 30,000 abortions a year in Pennsylvania. […] I think adoption is a much preferable way to go. When you see that kind of number, if an ultrasound, which is not invasive at all, would convince somebody maybe to carry that baby to term and give it up for adoption and save that life, I think that’s the way to go.”

via Pennsylvania Governor Hopes To Change Women’s Choice On Abortion | ThinkProgress.

Tom “Just Close Your Eyes” Corbett Knows what’s best for your uterus

Arizona Uterine Invasion Bills Update

A bill that protects doctors from “wrongful birth” lawsuits  has passed the Arizona House and Senate, and is on its way to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk to be signed into law. Under the protection of SB 1359, a doctor would be allowed to withhold health information about a pregnancy that could possibly lead to the decision to abort a fetus. This is just one in a list of several other bills in the state that seek to limit a woman’s right to informed consent and reproductive choices.

Legislators are also seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, define pregnancy as beginning two weeks before conception (WTF!), exempt coverage of contraceptives from employer-sponsored insurance policies, legislate what options may be taught in sex ed, and to outlaw abortions performed based on the race or sex of a child. That last bill is supposed to be based on the dubious claim that minorities are more likely to abort their children because of a conspiracy to reduce the number of black people born in this country. This from the same party who doesn’t want to help make “blaaaaa… people’s lives better.”

There is a disproportionate number of abortions in minority communities, true. But access to abortion is not the problem. Education and prevention is key to reducing the number of abortions and unintended pregnancies, the very reasons for Planned Parenthood’s existence! This fake concern by the GOP for minorities being oppressed by mad abortionists and evil eugenicists is insane and condescending. The thinly-veiled attempt to impose religiously-based legislation on women will cause more needless suffering and exacerbate the healthcare and poverty crisis in America.

The relationship between doctor and patient should be based on trust. The best interest of the patient is to be fully informed of all aspects related to health and pregnancy. To advocate dishonesty breaks down this trust and assumes that women are weak and ill-prepared to make decisions regarding their own bodies. I hope the governor will realize the very serious implications of this misguided and destructive law.

http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/2r/bills/sb1359o.asp&Session_ID=107

http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2012/03/16/wrongful-birth-wrongful-life-sb1359-is-anti-motherhood/

http://www.votesmart.org/bill/14849/38772/prohibits-wrongful-birth-lawsuits

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/az-abortion-bills-arizona-gestational-age_n_1415715.html