September Repro Roundup


The Good

  • Over the counter birth control pills may be coming to a pharmacy near you (if you live in Oregon or California.) Read more here.

The Bad

  • Many states restrict abortion after a certain point in pregnancy. Want to know where your state stands? Read more here. 
  • Here is the chronology of Congress' attempt to defund Planned Parenthood (even if it means shutting down the government)
    • Senate is pushing the20-week abortion ban and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Read more here. 
    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not want to shut down the government. Read more here. 
    • As of Sept. 25 Congress still can’t defund Planned Parenthood. This is why your votes matter. If the next Congress is even more conservative, women’s health will suffer dreadfully. Read more here.
    • Planned Parenthood is key to women’s health for many, often poor and near-poor women. Read more here.
    • Texas is making a weak attempt to provide reproductive health care to women, because its (ridiculous and medically unnecessary) restrictions have forced most Planned Parenthood centers to shut down. The care at these new centers will only be available to women whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level – that is abject poverty. Women who are, let’s say, only 100% below the poverty level still can’t afford care. In addition, Texas did not expand Medicaid eligibility for the Affordable Care Act, making it even harder for poor people to get care. Explain to me again how that is considered "pro-life'? Read more here.

My Closing Thoughts

I find it absolutely unbelievable that so many in Congress are willing to shut down the government if the budget includes funding for Planned Parenthood!! How in the world did this happen? With the resignation of John Boehner (though not my favorite member of congress), things may very well get worse!

Help spread the word that -- as discussed in by book A Woman’s Right To Know -- the spiritual basis for ending abortions in this country is not consistent with the history of one of the major religious groups associated with the anti-abortion effort.

In June of 1971, before Roe v. Wade was decided legalizing abortion, the Southern Baptist Convention called upon “Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother.” They did this to save the lives of women who were being harmed and killed by illegal abortions.That was a pro-health effort. The current right-wing in Congress bases their opposition to abortion (and reproductive health care for women) on their religious affiliation. This is unacceptable!

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