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July 8, 2013
22:29 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2013
All of the new Oklahoma laws aimed at limiting abortion and contraception are great for the Republican family that lives in a gingerbread house with a two-car garage, two planned kids and a dog. In the real world, they are less than perfect…yet I cannot convince my Republican colleagues that one of the best ways to eliminate abortions is to ensure access to contraception.
Doug Cox, a Republican state legislator and practicing physician, in an op-ed today. “Denying access to [the morning-after pill] is a sure way to increase legal and back-alley abortions,” Cox wrote. “Moreover, such a law would discriminate against low-income women who depend on Medicaid for their health care.” Oklahoma Republicans have proposed several draconian restrictions on abortion and contraception; while Cox opposes abortion, he’s been honored by Planned Parenthood for defending a woman’s right to contraception and “effectively argu[ing] against more than 160 anti-women’s health measures.” source
16:06 // 1 year ago
April 6, 2013

Kansas close to codifying “life begins at fertilization”

  • 90-30vote in the Kansas House to enact new anti-abortion legislation. It doesn’t include a time-sensitive ban, like “fetal heartbeat” legislation in North Dakota, but defines life as beginning at fertilization — language opponents fear is groundwork for more to come (for example, the birth control pill may act after fertilization, raising legal threats to hormonal contraception). It also restricts Planned Parenthood, preventing them from receiving tax credits and public funds, and from providing sexual education materials to public schools. Republican Governor Sam Brownback, a staunch opponent of abortion, will almost assuredly sign the bill into law. source 
  • (EDIT: This post originally said the pill acted post-fertilization — this is true of one of its methods of preventing pregnancy, but is not always the case. My deepest apologies for the mistake, and thanks to the reader who pointed this out. — Chris @ SFB)
15:47 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
We haven’t heard any specifics from the Governor beyond Big Bird and cutting Planned Parenthood that’s gonna pay for that.
President Obama, decrying Mitt Romney’s unwillingness to specify his spending and cutting plans with any vivid or mathematically meaningful details. Mitt Romney’s response: “Of course it adds up.” 
21:36 // 1 year ago
May 5, 2012
This is a common-sense law that tightens existing state regulations and closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly. By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer • Commenting on her signing of the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act, which is a lengthy way of saying that Planned Parenthood’s funding is on the outs in Arizona. The act is one of numerous GOP-backed, anti-abortion measures to move through state level legislatures. It’s not just directed at Planned Parenthood either, though that’s clearly the biggest target of the legislation – any health clinic that offers abortion services can no longer receive state funding, regardless of all other services they offer. source (viafollow)
13:47 // 2 years ago
May 1, 2012
14:04 // 2 years ago
April 30, 2012

Judge says anti-Planned Parenthood law is unconstitutional

  • february On February 24th, the Texas health services department decided to turn down millions of dollars in grant money, in an effort to defund the then-heavy-in-the-news Planned Parenthood.
  • march Planned Parenthood of West Texas announced its Odessa clinic would close on March 9. The Midland clinic remains open, but now women pay out-of-pocket for some services.
  • april A federal judge ruled the new law, which removed Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women’s Health Program, unconstitutional over details in the anti-abortion language. source

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February 7, 2012
11:06 // 2 years ago
February 3, 2012

And the award for best-timed film release goes to … Premiering in Canada today (and the U.S. later this Spring, though they may want to bump that release date up) is a film called “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” a Canadian film which purports to show the dark side of the Komen for the Cure breast cancer movement along with the “pinkwashing” movement. Seriously. It comes out this weekend in Canada. Of all weekends. So, on top of a PR disaster that strongly damaged their brand is a movie whose release has been planned for months that shows the hypocrisy of said brand. Talk about good timing.

21:53 // 2 years ago
Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair. Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure • In a statement revealing they’ve reversed their decision on Planned Parenthood, adding: “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.”
11:20 // 2 years ago