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The Indiana state House just passed a bill that forces health clinics that provide the abortion pill (RU 486) to have full surgical facilities.
Why would somebody need a surgical facility to provide a pill?
Here are a few of the stories we’ve been paying attention to:
- Inter Press Service news agency runs an article about attacks on PP in the states, talks about New York’s struggle with CPCs: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=56732
- National Catholic Register cites New York as a place where “anti-family” legislation is thriving: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/anti-family-legislation-sweeps-across-the-country/
- Metro Paper covers the HHS decision: http://www.metro.us/newyork/national/article/933053—birth-control-services-now-free
- We were waiting for this. NY Post runs a negative op ed by Michael Walsh against the HHS decision: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/care_truth_sinks_in_Lw2oQUrLTkawNQQkvsT8MM?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=
- Rachel Maddow celebrates the HHS decision on birth control and women’s health: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/43980737#43980737
- The Colbert Report does a brilliant piece on the decision: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/393824/august-03-2011/women-s-health-nazi-plan
- Whereas Fox News likens it to covering manicures and pedicures: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/08/02/285620/fox-expert-blasts-expanding-access-to-birth-control-are-we-going-to-do-pedicures-and-manicures-as-well/
- And religious groups are objecting: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jVeA_vkBZtjd2GY_-o2deQB_MPaA?docId=854176f27ad64f27bc183d11242b5e56
- Change.org points out that a number of uninsured women are still left hanging: http://news.change.org/stories/no-co-pay-birth-control-a-reality-but-what-about-uninsured-women
- Though Dr. Cullins points out that the decision will be huge for the African American community: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cullins/why-free-birth-control-wi_1_b_916702.html
- Cecile Richards celebrates the decision in an op ed in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cecile-richards/birth-control-you-can-aff_b_917407.html
- In celebration of the decision, PPFA released a dancing pill pack Bollywood video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw2REPmbtj4
- Which got picked up by Glamour magazine: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2011/08/dancing-birth-control-bollywoo.html?mbid=twitter_glamourdotcom
- And the Daily Show’s moment of Zen: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-4-2011/moment-of-zen—-dancing-birth-control-pills
- HHS is now taking public comments on the consideration of a conscience clause. PPFA has a form to submit comments through: https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=13586&s_src=hhscomment_0811_c4_ppyt&JServSessionIdr004=p5z203cf52.app209b
- San Francisco is aggressively going after crisis pregnancy centers: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/us/03abort.html?_r=2&ref=us
- Anti-abortion group the Susan B Anthony list is being sued for lying: http://jezebel.com/5826865/
- The Nation explores the state of sex ed around the country: http://www.thenation.com/blog/162525/dont-have-sex-you-will-get-pregnant-and-die
- A doctor in Indiana is claiming his pregnant teenage patient is a victim of politics: http://www.wthr.com/story/15204156/doctor-believes-pregnant-teen-is-victim-of-politics
- New HIV infections in the US are holding steady at 50,000 a year: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011/08/headline/49784868/1?dlvrit=205764
- A doctor is planning Witchita’s first center to offer abortions since Dr. Tiller’s murder: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/23/3054015/doctor-plans-first-wichita-abortion.html
- Interesting piece – “Why Latinas Demand a Different Conversation About Teen Pregnancy”: http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x965389947/Why-Latinas-demand-a-different-conversation
- And Kirsten Moore calls for serious innovation in contraception options: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kirsten-moore/technology-birth-control_b_918400.html
- Congress agreed on a debt deal: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60503.html
- Paul Krugman calls it a surrender by Obama: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/opinion/the-president-surrenders-on-debt-ceiling.html
- Though the Washington Post points out that social issues were placed “on the back burner” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/in-debt-limit-debate-social-issues-were-placed-on-the-back-burner/2011/08/04/gIQA3E3uuI_blog.html
- And the disapproval rating for Congress is now at 82%: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/us/politics/05poll.html?_r=1&hp
- And the GOP is now pushing the Global Gag Rule: http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/08/resurrecting_gag_rule_conservatives_declare_global_war_on_womens_health.html
- And Salon delves into the hypocrisy of “States Rights” politicians: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/08/07/kilgore_states_rights/
That’s all we’ve got. What have you been reading?
Many Planned Parenthood of Indiana clinics have made the tough decision to close for one day on Wednesday, June 22nd.
"A measure state lawmakers approved in April and Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law in May would block Medicaid funds and other government dollars from going to Planned Parenthood because the organization offers abortions at some of its clinics.
Even though abortions are not covered under Medicaid, the legislators who supported the measure said they do not want to risk taxpayer dollars being entangled with the service.
"The state’s request is putting an undue burden on women by causing further delays. Our 9,300 Medicaid patients, including those who had appointments Tuesday, are going to see their care disrupted," Cockrum said."
The closings will ensure that the clinics have enough funds to remain in operation until the end of this month, when Judge Tonya Walton Pratt is expected to determine a ruling as to whether this new law violates federal law.
"Meanwhile, another step the organization is taking to reduce costs is laying off two sexually transmitted disease prevention specialists at its Muncie office, until further notice.
The money it expects to lose is $1.3 million in Medicaid dollars, plus another $150,000 for sexually transmitted disease prevention. That adds up to a third of its total budget.”