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Equal Access Fund Silent Auction [11 May 2008|03:12pm]

[ mood | energetic ]

I thought I'd share about the Equal Access Fund of East Tennesee's silent auction. Tennessee's state health care doesn't cover abortions, thus, while women have the legal right to an abortion, many have no way to exercise that right. One of the purposes of the Equal Access Fund of East Tennessee is to aid low-income women by providing financial assistance for a safe and legal abortions. You can see what items they are auctioning here. It's running from now through 9pm EST, May 15. There are a bunch of unique items from buttons to hair clips to vibe cases that stare at you. If you're at all interested, go check it out! Thank you for your time.

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Spain's abortion providers on strike [10 Jan 2008|11:02pm]

Our Bodies Our Blog has more

Spain's private abortion clinics are in the middle of a 5-day strike begun on Tuesday. The action is in response to raids on some clinics, arrests for alleged illegal late-term abortions, and clinic closures late last year, and following protests against the clinics. Providers also want changes to Spanish abortion law, which allows the procedure up to 22 weeks for fetal malformation and up to 12 weeks for rape - in other cases, it must be determined that the woman's physical or mental health is in jeopardy. They suggest that the law to allow the procedure up to 12 weeks for any woman who cites social or economic pressures as well.

Although providers are striking in part for increased access to abortion, the immediate effect is that services will not be available this week for the up to 2,000 women who planned to use the clinics. It's also not clear what kind of response a provider-led strike will generate - will they be accused of simply trying to drum up more business, or will women join them in calling for a change in abortion laws?

The BBC provides a map describing Europe's policies. Our Bodies Ourselves also provides information on abortion worldwide.

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It's your license to choose.. [22 Jan 2007|07:41pm]

... And it's about damn time!

Not only is today the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but NOW Orlando, FL, has opened their petition at www.licensetochoose.com. Florida's anti-choice license plates have raised over $4 million to date for religiously based anti-abortion clinics, while shutting out any pro-choice plates.

NOW it's our turn!

Please visit www.licensetochoose.com and sign to petition, with your promise to support the pro-choice license plate. Sorry, it's only available to those with a Florida driver's license and plate right now - but please send it on to your Southern pals. We have nothing to lose and free speech to gain!

x-posted to ljforchoice, without_apology

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plan b users [12 Dec 2006|09:17am]

Stores collecting information on Plan B users. Details at the link.
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Free EC in the US [05 Dec 2006|10:15pm]

[ mood | sick ]

This is somewhat tangentially related to this community, but I figure it's important information.

Today (December 6), over 350 Planned Parenthoods across the United States are giving out free samples of emergency contraception. This is a good chance to pick up a pack to keep around, in case you ever need it.

And, if any of you are ever in a jam, Emergency Kindness is a source for no questions asked free emergency contraception, if you're ever in need.

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It's Sunday. Even GOD gives us a break once in a while! [19 Nov 2006|12:17pm]

I am wholly disgusted by this article from Newsweek, as found here on MSN. It has nothing to do with the litters of children these people are bringing forth - if you want to have 15 kids, fine. Whatever. But God damn you if you just keep popping them out with no sense of self-control and don't have the means to care for them properly - decent schooling, health care, clothed and fed as they should be. I believe there's a little something about "suffer not the little children" in Christianity, am I right?

In addition to joining the attack on all birth control methods (including natural planning by cycle, a practice even the Roman Catholics support), their whole Quiverfull doctrine bases itself on women not only submitting themselves to the constant will of their husbands but turning over their womb "to the will of God". The anti's get pissed because they claim abortion dehumanizes the fetus; how about these so-called Christians dehumanizing WOMEN ENTIRELY, portraying them as nothing more than thoughtless, baby-making machines? If you're so against the pill, both the Ortho Cyclen and Mifeprex kinds, shouldn't you be ADOPTING all of God's lost little gifts from the orphanage instead of humping like rabbits, you lustful little fiends? They never seem to have an answer for that. If God truly is the only one who can open and close your womb, then what deity is opening and closing your legs and putting your husband's penis and semen inside you?

Without further ado, for your Sunday morning reading 'pleasure':

How Full is Your Quiver?
In a new movement, Christians 'open their wombs to God.'
By Eileen Finan

Nov. 13, 2006 - It’s hardly a typical scene from the suburbs. The Bortel home outside San Antonio counts 12 members—parents David and Suzanne and their 10 children, ranging from 13 months to 15 (the 20-year-old married and moved away)—all crammed into a four-bedroom house that trembles constantly with activity. Everything revolves around the home: Dad works there, the kids are schooled there, the youngest three were born there. The family uses a 15-passenger van to get around, and at night, the kids climb into multiple sets of bunk beds. David and Suzanne hear the same questions repeatedly. So for the record: No, they’re not Catholic. Yes, they’ve heard of birth control. And no, they’re not crazy. In fact, they’d happily welcome a 12th child. “It’s about obedience to God,” says David, 38. “The Bible says that God is the only opener and closer of the womb.”

The Bortels form part of the “quiverfull” movement, a small but growing conservative Protestant group that eschews all forms of birth control and believes that family planning is exclusively God’s domain. The term derives from Psalm 127:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.

Back in 1995, when the quiverfull.com Web site was founded, it had only 12 subscribers; today, the site, which is administered by the Bortels, has more than 2,600. Many followers have abandoned mainstream churches in favor of smaller nondenominational congregations of like-minded families. A cottage industry has sprung up in support of them. There are books like “A Full Quiver,” by Rick and Jan Hess; Web sites like blessedarrows.com, which raises funds for couples to have reverse vasectomies or reverse tubal ligations; and scholarly treatises like “The Natural Family: A Manifesto,” put out by the Rockford, Ill.,-based Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Utah. “We’re still on the fringes,” says Jan Hess. “But it is much more embraced than it was before.”

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I know this is old, but I just rediscovered it and I'm still mad. [22 Sep 2006|06:00pm]

Piss off, CDC. I do not need preconception care because there will be no conception. Through sheer force of will (also, pill) my body will repel anything pro-parasite. Do you hear me? I am more than a walking set of reproductive organs. My uterus and I are very happy together and no slimy fetus--or slimy government official--will come between us. So the US has an alarmingly high infant mortality rate for a thoroughly developed country. Perhaps that has to do with women feeling compelled to squeeze out goddamn babies they did not plan for or want, and perhaps instead of suggesting that doctors should treat women as baby factories in the pre-production phase we should encourage women to carry only pregnancies they want to fucking term.

And now, if you will excuse us, my uterus and I are going to check on our bread.
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[19 Jul 2006|11:08am]

Yesterday, the Senate reached a unanimous consent agreement to bring the Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403) to the floor tomorrow, July 20.

This bill would prohibit any person from transporting a minor across state lines to circumvent the abortion law(s) in her home state (i.e. parental notification or consent) would be liable for civil damages (a monetary award).

The bill contains an exception in cases of life endangerment.

Please call or email your Senator (just enter your zip code in the upper left hand corner) and urge them to vote "no."
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Why I can't take Pro-Lifers/Anti-Choice people seriously [11 Jul 2006|11:07am]

[ mood | you gotta be kidding me ]

This particular Pro Life adherent blogged an article whose source was The Onion, a site known for it's satire.

I left a comment for this blogger: Are you nuts, or just thick witted, with a few other choice comments.

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Planned Parenthood challenging federal abortion ban [30 Jun 2006|09:10am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

I'm not going to C+P the whole Planned Parenthood article as I'm sure 95% of you already receive it in your emails! Anyhow, PP is trying to raise the $150,000 it will cost to argue Gonzales vs Planned Parenthood in the Supreme Court. If you're able to make a donation, just think of what wonderful use your money would have! Its tax deductible, you can easily print a form out to have for next year's taxes.
This may be Planned Parenthood's last chance to argue something this big. :(

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directory for low and no-cost doulas and childbirth educators [26 Jun 2006|08:48pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

i just found this. i thought it was really neat.

doulas are important. especially, i think, for women giving birth in a hospital not by their own choice (e.g. if they don't have the money or insurance coverage to pay for a home birth midwife or a birthing center)
i had an abortion in march, but lately i've been thinking of how if i'd chosen to continue the pregnancy, i might be stuck having a baby wherever i could afford to with medicaid. a doula would be really important to me then.

also, this site is run by two college students, and is not for profit. :D

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Got this from a friend in Washington state [09 Jun 2006|09:43am]

It's nice to see a governor stand up to that nonsense about a pharmacist's 'right' to refusal of prescriptions. Good for you, Governor Gregoire!
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Advocates For Youth [11 May 2006|03:02pm]

Interested in issues affecting young people's access to sexual health information and the ways in which youth are advocating on our own behalfs?

Then come join our community by clicking the above button!
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[11 May 2006|11:57am]

I'm glad this is on CNN.com, but I'm sure that anti-choicers are going to blithely ignore it just like they ignore any and all new information that might interfere with their attempts to terrify women and demonize doctors who actually respect women's rights....

A rare germ that killed four California women who took the abortion pill RU-486 has been implicated in the deaths of even more women after childbirth or miscarriage, broadening the debate beyond abortion on the eve of a meeting to examine the bacterial mystery.
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Pro Choice Revolution In The South! (a call out) [09 May 2006|12:48pm]

(I'm putting this places the original poster did not. Sorry for the cross posts)

Remember the march for women's lives? IMAGINE A WEEK OF PURE CLINIC DEFENSE & FEMINIST/QUEER REVOLUTION IN THE SOUTH! (details below... WE NEED YOU!)

Hello Friends and Allies,

Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue) has put out a call for a siege on the last abortion-providing clinic in Jackson, Mississippi this summer. (See http://jackson.operationsaveamerica.org/indexVideo.asp for more information on their plans.) Their message is being spread far and wide and we are planning a massive clinic defense demonstration to keep the clinic open. July 15-22, 2006 is the proposed siege week.

In order to sustain a weeks worth of clinic defense we are in need of a variety of support and especially people to participate in the counter-action. Currently, members of abortion funds across the south are planning for a caravan to Jackson and we need your help! If you are interested in participating in the caravan or would like to become a fiscal sponsor, please contact us as soon as possible!

Also, we are in desperate need of items like water bottles and food for the persons who will be convening in Jackson as well as housing opportunities for the activists. We are also raising money to raise awareness with buttons, stickers, t-shirts, and other items. Any letters to the editor that you send regarding this event would be helpful or any other publicity for that matter. We are hoping for a big turn out to let the rest of the south know that we are in this together.

For more information or to find out how to donate contact the Southern Abortion Fund at southernabfund@nnaf.org or the Jackson area NOW chapter at jxnms_now@yahoo.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Quillin of the Southern Abortion Fund

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Here is an article I think many will find scary [08 May 2006|12:54pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Now, many years ago, I told an Anti-Choice person that if abortion is made illegal, then OTHER forms of birth control would be targeted for same actions. He claimed I was being Chicken Little.

Contra-Contraception, May 7th 2006 Its on the New York Times web edition, if you don't want to click the link, read below. This is a HUGE article, but it needs to be read. Bold text my emphasis, and I also italicized and underlined certain paragraphs that flat out contradict ,with facts and figures, what the Anti Choice people are try to claim.
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"Crisis" Clinics alert (Planned Parenthood) [20 Apr 2006|10:17pm]

Your tax dollars are funding "crisis pregnancy centers" -- to
the tune of $60 million!

<> Take action now!


Dear me,

When a 17-year-old Indiana girl walked into what she thought was a Planned Parenthood clinic, her mother and boyfriend beside her, she never imagined that it was a trap -- a deceitful setup by anti-choice zealots.

You can read her alarming story below -- including how people from the fake clinic came to her high school and publicly humiliated her -- but it's not an isolated incident.

The anti-choice movement is setting up so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" across the country. Some of them have neutral-sounding names and run ads that falsely promise the full range of reproductive health services, but dispense anti-choice propaganda and intimidation instead. And according to The New York Times, there are currently more of these centers in the U.S. than there are actual abortion providers!*

A bill has just been introduced in Congress to stop the fraudulent practices of fake clinics, but it desperately needs more support.

Tell your representative to take a stand: anti-choice extremists must not get away with this any longer! Click here to contact your representative:

The Story: An Indiana mother recently accompanied her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to one of Indiana's Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittingly walked into a "crisis pregnancy center" run by an anti-abortion group -- one that shared a parking lot with the real Planned Parenthood clinic, and was designed expressly to lure our patients and deceive them.

The group took down the girl's confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which they said would be in their "other office" (the real Planned Parenthood office nearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did the Planned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the police were there -- the "crisis pregnancy center" had called them, claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortion against her will.

The "crisis pregnancy center" staff then proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassment over the following days, showing up at the girl's home and calling her father's workplace. Our clinic director reports that she was "scared to death to leave her house." They even went to her school and urged classmates to pressure her not to have an abortion.

This cruel and fraudulent behavior shows exactly what's behind the proliferation of these centers. That's why this new bill is so important: it would make it illegal for any entity to advertise abortion services if it does not provide such services.

Worse yet -- the Bush administration has used $60 million in taxpayer dollars to fund these propaganda machines. This has got to stop!

Help bring attention to this outrageous practice. Please contact your representative today!

Click here: http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/fake_clinics2

With your help, we can put an end to the fraud and deceit that women across America are facing in their most vulnerable moments.


Cecile Richards
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

* "Some Abortion Foes Forgo Politics for Quiet Talk", New York
Times, 1/16/2006. The article reports that there are 2,300-3,500
crisis pregnancy centers nationwide, compared with about 1,800
abortion providers.
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El Salvador [07 Apr 2006|10:14pm]

On Sunday April 9, an article in the NYT will be published about El Salvador and abortion. More info here: http://alternet.org/blogs/peek/34576/

Listen to the interview (from Air America) here: http://multimedia.alternet.org/mediafiles/04_06_06+The+Rachel+Maddow+Show+1_15_06042006.mp3
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[04 Apr 2006|08:50am]


from Alas, A Blog
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Mich. Governor OKs Abortion Ultrasound Law [26 Mar 2006|10:15am]

LANSING, Mich. - Women considering an abortion will have the chance to see ultrasound imaging of the fetus under legislation signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Until now, Michigan law has required that women have a chance to review diagrams and descriptions showing a developing fetus, but not their own.

The new law allows, but does not require, clinics to do an ultrasound exam.    source
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