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Welcome to the community, [community profile] prochoice_maryland. This is a safe community to discuss reproductive rights primarily in the state of Maryland.

Please read the rules on the community's profile. They should be very simple to follow. Failure to abide by them could lead to anything from being banned without warning to having your post deleted.

Feel free to talk about any issue involving abortion, contraception, sterilization, adoption, parenthood, sex ed, and activism that's happening in Maryland. Feel free to extend it outside of Maryland like in another state or country.
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n Nov. 27 last year, a vicious gunman opened fire on health care providers at a Planned Parenthood community clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., killing three people, including a local law enforcement officer. It was later learned that the assailant had been motivated in part by extreme anti-abortion rhetoric related to the false allegations that Planned Parenthood has been profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. In 2009, respected physician Dr. George Tiller was gunned down during a worship service at his church in Wichita, Kan., after he was publicly cited in the media and even on the Floor of the House of Representatives as a practitioner of late-term abortions. Since 1993, there have been 11 murders and 26 attempted murders resulting from extreme anti-abortion violence, not to mention more than 200 arson attacks since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.

Perhaps just as tragic as these crimes is the reality that they might have been prevented had politicians and commentators refrained from crossing a very dangerous line. By combining a relentless barrage of accusatory and dehumanizing rhetoric with the release of specific identification of individuals and organizations, they bear some culpability for creating the conditions that led to these crimes.

Yet, having failed to learn from the very real and very dangerous consequences of extreme rhetoric and the publication of names and personal information of those who provide reproductive care services, House Republicans are now placing other health care practitioners, researchers, patients and first responders in danger — this time in our home state of Maryland.

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Planned Parenthood supporters all across the country will stand together on September 29 for the first-ever National Pink Out Day. We’re going to demonstrate just how many people across the country are willing to stand up and fight for women’s health and rights—and we’re counting on you to help.

Host your own Pink Out Day Event or sign up for an event near you.
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I know I never made an offical statement about it, but talking about reproductive rights in other states and countries is allowed in this community...even if the focus is mostly in Maryland. However, as I learned gradually, Maryland isn't exactly a hot spot for issues when it comes to reproductive rights like it is in other states and on a national level. Of course, I've always had it as a guideline that it's fine to talk about reproductive rights in other states and countries. In fact, I encourage it heavily especially if you're from a state or country that still has issues with reproductive rights.
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As you all know, the national rally will be on April 28th, 2012 in DC. However, just in case you can't go to the nation's capital, there are going to be local rallies and marches all over the country.

For Maryland, a rally is planned to be held at War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore. It's from 10 am until 2 pm. For more information on that rally, go to here.

If you want to check out what events or volunteering opportunities are in your state, go to here.
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From PP:
After weeks of debate and an enormous outcry from Planned Parenthood supporters nationwide, the Senate rejected the Blunt Amendment, a measure that would have allowed any employer to deny women who work for them insurance coverage for birth control. The message is clear: birth control is basic health care, and your medical decisions should be between you and your doctor.

This is a huge victory for women's health, and your senators were an important part of that victory. Please, take a moment right now to thank your senators for voting to defend access to affordable birth control.

For people that live outside of Maryland, you can go here to see how your senators voted for and send them a message of thanks or outrage.
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From Naral MD:
On February 10, the Obama administration announced a new policy solution that will make sure women of all faiths who work at religiously affiliated hospitals, universities, and service organizations can get contraceptive coverage. The president’s plan guarantees that women will encounter no barriers from their bosses or insurance plans in getting birth control without a copay.

Anti-contraception groups and their political allies in Congress are not satisfied, and they continue to attack women’s contraceptive coverage.

Maryland is lucky to have leaders like Gov. O’Malley, Sen. Mikulski, and Rep. Cummings who have stood for choice and denounced these legislative attacks.

What our leaders have done )

Please help us show our pro-choice leaders how much we appreciate them, and we'll deliver it on your behalf.

I'm proud I come from Maryland since our leaders there believe in reproductive freedom
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PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (Reuters) - Virginia lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion on Tuesday by approving "personhood" legislation that grants individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception.

The Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted 66-32 in favor of defining the word person under state law to include unborn children "from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development."

The measure now heads to the Senate, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats but with Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling wielding the tie-breaking vote.

Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, an abortion opponent who introduced the legislation, said the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States would not have been rendered if Texas state law had regarded the unborn as a person "in the full sense."

"So this is a first step, a necessary step, but it's not sufficient to directly challenge Roe," Marshall said in a phone interview.

Virginia's approach differs from failed attempts to define a fertilized egg as a legal person in Colorado in 2008 and 2010 and in Mississippi in 2011.

Virginia's effort avoids involving a constitutional amendment like those states, instead seeking changes throughout the legal code, said Elizabeth Nash, public policy associate at the Washington-based Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health issues.

But she said the intent is the same, with the measure ultimately aimed at banning abortion, contraception and infertility treatment.

Pro-choice have my sympathy.

But, I have more! )
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say two out-of-state doctors who traveled to Maryland to perform late-term abortions have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder, an unusual use of a law that allows for murder charges in the death of a viable fetus.

Dr. Steven Brigham, of Voorhees, N.J., was taken into custody Wednesday night and is being held in the Camden County jail, according to police in Elkton, Md. Authorities also arrested Dr. Nicola Riley in Salt Lake City and she is in jail in Utah. Each is awaiting an extradition hearing.

A grand jury indicted the two doctors after a 16-month investigation, police said.

The investigation began in August 2010 after what authorities say was a botched procedure at Brigham's clinic in Elkton, located near the border of Maryland and Delaware.

An 18-year-old woman who was 21 weeks pregnant suffered a ruptured uterus and an injured bowel, according to documents filed in a previous investigation by medical regulators. Rather than call 911, Riley drove her to a nearby hospital, where both she and Brigham were uncooperative and Brigham refused to give his name, documents show.

A search of the clinic after the botched abortion revealed a freezer containing 35 late-term fetuses, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks, the documents show.

Brigham, 55, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy. Riley, 46, faces one count each of first- and second-degree murder and one conspiracy count.

The charges relate to the botched procedure as well as other abortions performed at the Elkton clinic or fetuses found there, authorities said.

Cecil County State's Attorney Ellis Roberts declined to elaborate on the charges or the circumstances that led to them, saying it would be inappropriate to comment before Brigham and Riley, who were taken into custody on fugitive warrants, had seen the indictments.

Maryland is one of 38 states that allows murder charges to be brought against someone accused of killing a viable fetus. The 2005 state law has so far only been used for cases in which defendants were accused of assaulting or killing pregnant women.

What are your thoughts on this?
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NARAL has set up a page to let you know if your representive voted for the "Protect Life Act""Let Women Die" bill or not. Then, depending if they voted to pass the bill or not, you can send them a message thanking them for not voting on the bill or you can yell at them for voting for it.

I'm happy to say that my representive, Steny Hoyer, voted against the bill. So, I'm going to message him to give him my thanks.

One of the messed up things about this bill being passed is that of 251 people that voted to pass this bill, SIXTEEN of them were women. It just boggles my mind.

The other messed up thing is that two of the 251 people that voted for this bill was from Maryland :/ So, if any of you has those two Maryland congressmen as your representives, give them hell.

So, to the 251 people that voted for this bill, how the hell was this supposed to create jobs? After all, that's why the majority of people voted for you. To fix the economy. Not make and pass legistration like this that could threaten women's lives. Again, how was this bill pro-life? I thought some of you supported abortion if a woman's life is in danger. If she dies, guess what? The fetus dies TOO! There won't be one life loss, but TWO!
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This time, it's in Mississippi. On November 8th, Mississippians will vote on the amendment to give fertilized eggs personhood or not. If this amendment passes, not only will abortion be banned...but so would birth control, IVF, and women that have had a miscarriage would be put under an investigation (because they're not already going through enough as it is with the miscarriage itself *sarcasm*)

Sign this petition to tell the MS General Attorney's Office to stop policing women's bodily autonmy and put a stop to Amendemnt 26

It may be Mississippi right now, but as I've said before...Maryland has had this type of amendment before, but it successfully died when the Maryland General Assembly and Senate adjourned for the year. And the extremist group-Personhood USA-is trying to get this amendment passed in all of the fifty states.

For more info about this amendment in Mississippi, go to Wake up Mississippi!">
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Dr. LeRoy Carhart joined the staff of Germantown Reproductive Health Services at the end of 2010. Dr. Carhart has long been a champion of women’s health and privacy, and his work makes it possible for women to make the personal and private decision to access safe, legal abortion care with dignity.

Today, the anti-choice groups Operation Rescue & Maryland Coalition for Life are opening an office directly across the street from Dr. Carhart’s clinic. These groups are trying to shut down a legitimate health-care provider by opening a fake clinic that will mislead women about their health-care options. They oppose giving women control over their own decisions, but they are okay with misleading women.

We are concerned about the harassment women will face just because they’re making a private, personal decision. We must stand in support with women and our providers. Anti-choice extremists need to know that harassment of women and clinic staff is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of our community.

Please join us in opposing anti-choice “clinics” that refuse to provide women their full reproductive health options in Maryland.

I signed it


Sep. 14th, 2010 06:30 am
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Please remember to vote in the Maryland primary today on September 14th and the general election on November 2nd!

To know where the Maryland candidates stand on reproductive rights, go here.

To know NARAL MD PAC's voting guide, go here
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The Baltimore City Council OKs legislation forcing crisis centers to notify if they won't provide abortion or birth-control referrals. The mayor can veto the law.

Crisis pregnancy centers that don't offer abortions or birth-control referrals would have to post notices saying they exclude those options under legislation approved Monday night by the Baltimore City Council.

The measure, which must still get a final ruling from the city's mayor, is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation.

"The passage of this piece of legislation may serve as serious encouragement to those who would like to see our organizations saddled with more laws and restrictions" said Carol A. Clews, executive director of the Center for Pregnancy Concerns, a nonprofit anti-abortion organization that receives donations from religious groups and has operated in Baltimore for 30 years.

So, how do you like the taste of your own medicine? You know...since people like you wanted to do the same thing to organizations like Planned Parenthood?


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