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New Arizona Abortion Laws

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have just entered The Twilight Zone.

Jan Brewer, my one true love.

I am not sure how such a ridiculous bill passing escaped me for the past two weeks. (I blame school work.) In Arizona, a bill has been passed by the Senate that redefines when a woman becomes pregnant.

Often, to gauge gestational age of a fetus, doctors will use the date of the last menstruation of the woman. Arizona lawmakers have taken this one step further by using this information to draw new cutoffs for abortions.

From The Huffington Post’s Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins

State Rep. Matt Heinz (D-Tucson), a physician, said he did not want the state to set the gestational age since science could not provide a precise one. “I imagine it will be a legal dispute. How can a judge determine gestational age?” Heinz said. “If medical science can only determine gestational age to within 10-14 days, how can a superior court judge do it?”

Pretty much, the bill condones the use of the inexact “science”  of conception to abortion laws. For all intents and purposes, let’s assume I’m fertile. Okay, so by Arizona logic, even if I am menstruating, I am theoretically pregnant. There is a two week discrepancy that cannot and will not be accounted for in Arizona since the bill has been signed into law. Pregnancy now begins when a woman ovulates. I guess I have been pregnant for ten years now. Maybe I should call up TLC and ask them to do a special on me.

The other two bills?

– Protection against being sued for doctor’s who withhold medical information from the patient if the doctor feels that the woman may be thinking about abortion.

– The amount of weeks available for a legal abortion has dropped to 18 weeks.

Arizona really struck out on this one. What are your thoughts?

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Birth Control Fight, But Viagra is Fine

A few weeks ago, my university feminist group, Lucy/Vox* hosted a table in our student center called “Ask a Feminist.” At first, we were hoping to get some weird or misinformed questions, either to inform the student body of the honest feelings of feminists, or just to spend a few minutes chatting with likeminded people. As a back-up, we had a petition to support low-cost contraceptives for women.

Unfortunately, there was no swarm of curious students dying to pick our brains. So be it. However, we ended up around fifty or sixty signatures, which isn’t bad considering how dismal the turn-out seemed to be earlier in the day. One of the male feminists at our table brought up an important, and entertaining, argument for our petition.

People are fighting for the right to deny coverage of birth control without copay but Viagra can be covered with no problems. (See Image in Last Post)Image

It proved to be convincing enough to allow people to ask us questions about that problem, which led to more in-depth conversations and, hopefully, some enlightenment or new information if we would be so lucky.

This clip is from last year, but it still brings the lols.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/08/05/289117/hannity-blasts-insurance-coverage-for-birth-control-defends-viagra-that-is-a-medical-problem/?mobile=nc

“This is a medical problem versus a choice to have sex”

Right, Sean Hannity. People need Viagra just so they know that they can get an erection… Viagra has nothing to do with the choice to have sex. Women also take birth control for intense menstrual cramps and cysts. Hmmph.

Rick Perry vs. Planned Parenthood

I should really start labeling every post XXX vs. Planned Parenthood.

I opened up an e-mail from Planned Parenthood today to find another open attack on women’s rights. Texas governor (and ex-presidential candidate) Rick Perry is trying to attach the Medicaid Women’s Health Program (WHP).  According to Planned Parenthood, over 25% of Texas women are uninsured, and have the third highest rate of cervical cancer in the country.

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The email read:

On Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry moved to effectively sabotage the state’s entire Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which provides 130,000 low-income women with basic reproductive health care services. This comes on the heels of devastating cuts to women’s health funding across the board — cuts already expected to leave 160,000 women without care this year.

In short, Perry is trying to block Medicaid funding to programs involved with abortion services. Right now, the decision is unclear whether Medicaid is to cut funding to the WHP or simply “or allow the rule blocking Planned Parenthood to go forward, allowing Texas to violate federal law and forcing nearly half of WHP clients to find new healthcare providers.” (Anna Merlin, Dallas Observer)

It’s a shame. This pie chart represents the services that Planned Parenthood provided in 2011. Only 3% of activity was abortion services. Not to mention that Medicaid funding never goes to abortion. It is just another lightly-veiled attempt to attack Planned Parenthood because of their pro-choice attitude.

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Reproductive Issues vs. The GOP

There are some terrifying threats to reproductive freedom flying around as of late. Now, this blog isn’t to batter people with my political views, but something has to be said about the GOP views of women’s rights and reproductive issues.

Rick Santorum on the topic of rape, and in turn, pregnancy.Image

“As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that –in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.”

What is the world?! A woman is raped, and Santorum believes that she should not have the right to choose an abortion, to carry the child which was forced on her by a violent criminal. Instead, it’s a GIFT from GOD. (Whatever happened to separation of church and state?)

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Ron Paul on rape and possible pregnancy.

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“If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen.”

Yeah, an honest rape. The juxtaposition of those words makes me ill. If a woman is raped, she can get the Plan B Pill this time. He believes that if you are raped, you should just get the morning after pill. Forget about going to a clinic in a month after rape. Sorry ladies, you missed your chance. Try being honest.

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Never mind the fact that some unplanned pregnancies could be avoided if birth control pills could be covered by insurance. However, people are fighting tooth and nail to allow employers to deny the right to birth control pill coverage. Isn’t it interesting that all of these people are men, who will never have to worry about becoming pregnant.

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-LHM