"In what the Center for Reproductive Rights calls an ‘unprecedented ruling recognizing bodily integrity and reproductive choice as fundamental rights under the Oklahoma state constitution,’ an Oklahoma state judge has found that a law restricting medical care for women seeking an abortion is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. Read HERE.
Guess the religious right doesn’t like organizations that build confidence and character of girls, and teach them how to care for their own bodies and health. Now in its sights: the Girl Scouts. Partly because they are being linked to Planned Parenthood. *Sigh* Read HERE.
What you weren't expecting while you were expecting
Orgasm can cause breast milk let-down … really??!!? In preparation for Mother’s Day, one of our Feronia Project contributors talks about motherhood and provides information you may not find anywhere else. Click HERE.
Disappointed and saddened that North Carolina voters approved the gay marriage ban. This country has become more interested in legislating “morality” rather than working together to improve the economy and create jobs.
Utah is about to break new ground this week with a new law scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday that will force women seeking a safe, legal abortion to endure the country’s longest waiting period between her first visit to a clinic and the time of the actual procedure. Although South Dakota was the first to pass a 72-hour rule, their law was blocked by the courts before it could ever go into effect.
It’s appears likely that unlike in South Dakota, abortion providers in Utah may take a “wait and see” attitude to discern exactly how the law affects women seeking an abortion, rather than sue for an injunction immediately. But that doesn’t mean they think it’s a constitutional — or even enforceable — law.
[Planned Parenthood of Utah Director Karrie] Galloway said the way the law was written, no one is in charge of overseeing compliance or writing rules so that everyone knows what is required under the statute.
“We’re left with a system that right now puts the burden — in fact a possible criminal burden — on the physician providing the procedure with no verifiable process for confirming the informed consent.”
The Utah Department of Health’s Nan Streeter confirms that the law gives her agency no oversight authority.
“We talked with our attorney and also with the deputy director of the department to ask about what we were responsible for, and the way the law was written, the only authority the Department of Health has is related to the development of the abortion consent materials,” said Streeter, deputy director of the Division of Family Health and Preparedness. “There’s no provision for the department to either enforce or oversee the consent process.”
Placing criminal burder on an abortion provider without providing clear oversight of exactly what he or she has to do in order to protect him or herself from charges? That sounds quite a bit like nearly every other piece of anti-choice legislation, determined to create a process so laden with potential legal pitfalls that no doctor will feel comfortable providing abortions.
This condescending, paternalistic, and poorly-written law will affect all people with the ability to become pregnant, not just cis women.
Art can be anywhere you desire, even in your contraceptive of choice. Take the condom, for instance. Putting one on takes a bit of skill—at least that’s what I heard—but practice makes perfect (and fortunately there’s an app for that). While I highly discourage you from creating your own…
We’ll be participating in the Unite Women rallies in St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda tomorrow to say “enough is enough” in the ongoing war on women. Susan Sarandon says you should come rally with us - check out this funny video she made! Go to www.UniteWomen.org to find a rally near you.
How FAPPA killed 9 anti-choice bills this past legislative session
In 2011, the Florida State Legislature filed 18 anti-choice bills, five of which passed. This legislative session they filed nine anti-choice bills, along with one anti-choice resolution honoring Crisis Pregnancy Centers by commemorating January 2012 as “Pregnancy Resource Center Month.” This legislative session, our statewide office, the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, spearheaded efforts resulting in the defeat of all all nine bills. Are you wondering how? Read HERE.
“Two weeks ago, a bomb went off outside a Wisconsin abortion center. In recent years, several states have passed or tried to pass laws requiring women seeking legal, constitutionally protected procedures to first undergo medical examinations. A young woman has been called a slut after testifying…
Myth: IUD birth control is not safe for adolescents.
I love this myth! I’ve always wanted an IUD and recently been discussing it with a friend who has one, as well am in a position as far as my relationship health goes to have safe condom-free sex. IUD’s are both a safe and incredibly…