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Reblogging for shared account! Love those.
Twilightmaze, your experience is very common. The level of pain associated with surgical abortion is, broadly speaking, the inverse of the level of comfort. It sounds like there were no protestors, and there was a supportive staff and you were able to have your (supportive) partner in the room (that’s rare). Congratulations on finding such a great clinic! Send them a letter to let them know. :)
We now have offers for help getting to and from a clinic, lodging, child care, and emotional support from 28 states and four Canadian provinces, with a total of 63 submissions. Thank you so much to everyone who has submitted and spread the word about this blog.
There are still 22 states, 6 provinces, and 3 Canadian territories that need help. If you or someone you know lives in these areas and can help, please submit your offer using the Ask or Submit boxes!
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington, D.C.
- West Virginia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island - abortion is not available on PEI, so transportation to other provinces is needed
Signal boost, please!
New Hampshire Executive Council member Raymond Wieczorek, who voted to defund Planned Parenthood.
According to Think Progress, Planned Parenthood has stopped providing birth control pills and other contraception in New Hampshire after the state’s executive council rejected up to $1.8 million in funding for the group because it also provides privately-funded abortions. After losing its contract — which paid for education, distributing contraception, and the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections — the centers have turned away 20 to 30 patients a day who have arrived to refill their birth control prescriptions.
And there’s this: Last year, Planned Parenthood provided contraception for 13,242 patients in New Hampshire, [CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Steve] Trombley said. The organization also provided 6,112 breast exams, 5,548 screenings for cervical cancer and 18,858 tests for sexually transmitted infections.
Which is more expensive, condoms or babies? Breast exams or breast cancer? Birth control isn’t always about partying, guys, and so what if it is? Sometimes people go to physician’s offices and get drugs to party with, so maybe we should defund pharmaceutical companies via tax loopholes and grants. This is covered by federal dollars:
This is not:
Don’t ask for my tax dollars to pay for your Medicare-funded Viagra and penis pumps if you can’t stomach the thought of me getting pap smears with yours. If you want to party, don’t ask me to pay for it. Fair is fair, right?
I’m sure these will be the next things he goes after. Gotta be consistent, right?…right?
Here are a few of the stories we’ve been reading for the past week:
- Betty Ford, Planned Parenthood supporter, passed away this weekend: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/us/politics/betty-ford-dies.html?_r=1&hp
- Because of funding cuts, Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire can no longer provide birth control: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/08/us-planned-parenthood-new-hampshire-idUSTRE7675Z820110708
- Care2 has a great analysis: http://www.care2.com/causes/less-birth-control-more-ultrasounds-how-the-gop-wants-to-force-women-to-bear-more-children.html
- While a lawsuit is in progress, Kansas is giving their county health department funding that was meant for Planned Parenthood: http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/05/1921454_kansas-wants-delay-in-planned.html
- And a new Kansas rule is raising concerns over patient privacy: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jL2dBtAhc6zFRUYpkhmKHCjICkvg?docId=37f5e913a86a45a488335b6d882f9c48
- Jezebel covers: http://jezebel.com/5818425/
- And Governor Brownback in Kansas has appointed a former lawyer for Operation Rescue to the state board of healing arts: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/06/2998549/brownback-appointment-sparks-anger.html
- And a federal court has blocked Kansas’s new rules, but the state plans a new set: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/court_blocks_kansas_abortion_rules_—_but_state_pl.php
- Though, on the plus side, the NY Times profiles a great and outspoken Kansas abortion provider: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/us/10abortion.html?_r=1&hp
- Meanwhile a court is considering blocking Texas’s new sonogram law: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/court_blocks_kansas_abortion_rules_—_but_state_pl.php
- And PP in North Carolina is suing over new, restrictive laws: http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/story/9830150/
- While a “heartbeat” bill in Ohio has divided the anti-choice community: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/ohio-heartbeat-bill-divides-pro-life_n_892530.html
- Dawn Laguens of PPFA has a great letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal, saying that the attacks on Planned Parenthood miss the point: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304584004576418701258310510.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLEThirdBucket
- Mother Jones profiles Tim Pawlenty’s mixed history with abortion: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/07/tim-pawlenty-planned-parenthood-president
- A new study shows that Gonorrhea is becoming increasingly drug-resistant: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/treatment/articles/2011/07/07/gonorrheas-growing-resistance-to-antibiotics-concerns-cdc
- And another study shows that HIV rates are exponentially higher in the South: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011/07/Lack-of-education-fuels-HIV-epidemic-in-South/49269176/1
- Fascinating article on one couples evolution away from “Natural” family planning: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/us/09beliefs.html?_r=1&ref=us
Did we miss anything? What have you been reading?
Gov. Lynch tonight vetoed HB 329, which would requires parents or a judge to be notified before a girl obtains an abortion. Lynch reiterated his support for the involvement of parents in a minor’s decision to seek an abortion, but said a bill must meet the following requirements:
- Contain exceptions for rape, incest and abuse. “A young woman should not be forced to involve the person that abused her in the first place in this decision,” Lynch wrote.
- Allow a physician to sufficiently exercise his or her best medical judgment and proceed with an abortion when a delay would create a grave and immediate risk to the minor’s health.
- Provide providers with sufficient guidance on how to comply with the law. The law should include clear standards on what information must be collected from the minor and what records should be kept.
Lynch said he will sign parental notification legislation if the legislature makes the changes he outlined.
I’d rather he refuse to sign anything to do with parental notification, but I guess it’s a start.
I hate settling for scraps.