May Repro Roundup

May Repro Roundup

The Good

My apologies in advance for this newsletter being shorter than normal. May 2015 proved to be the busiest month I think I have ever had. Here are some of the highlights:

  1. I became a grandma again! On May 11th, my daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby.
  2. The non profit I co-founded (Promoting Health in Haiti) held a fundraising event on May 15th in order to raise money to help educate Family Nurse Practitioners in Haiti. You can read about (and see pictures from) the event here. 
  3. In addition to preparing for the big fundraising event, all 17 PHH students were flown to NYC to be able to observe Family Nurse Practitioners at work. Guess who was teaching two groups of FNP students in addition to attending her day job? Me :)

While I absolutely love what I do, May really took a lot out of me. I think it's time for a much needed vacation. Who's with me?

The Bad

Abortion access is still very much under attack and Republican-controlled state legislators are the ones advocating more restrictions. A recent article from the New York Times pointed out that in the US alone, more than 200 laws restricting abortion access have been passed in the last four years. Here are a few of the most restrictive states:

Arkansas + Arizona - Doctors must tell patients that drug-induced abortions can be reversed (a notion that has no scientific basis.)

Wisconsin - Abortions after 20 weeks are now banned.

Texas - Half of all abortion clinics in the state have closed due to strict regulations governing their operation.

Florida - Enacted a "reflection period" that requires patients to make two trips to the clinic.

What can you do to make sure your state doesn't join this list? Participate in local elections!

"The right to vote is the right upon which all of our rights are leveraged - and without which none can be protected" -Benjamin Todd Jealous


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