[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
First, the Good News :)
Late Wednesday night, Republican Congressional leaders announced that they would be dropping the planned vote for today on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which, if implemented, would have instilled a nationwide ban on all abortions after week 20 of a pregnancy.

The Washington Post reports that the vote was abandoned largely because of the failure of many Republican women to support the proposed bill — led by Reps. Rene Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who had raised concerns about public fallout with female and younger voters.

Since it was introduced during the first day of the new Congressional session, the bill has been the source of great controversy and public outcry, including from the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), one of the bill’s co-sponsors, had explained that the bill was necessary to prevent “defenseless children” from being “torturously killed without even basic anesthetic.” Research has shown, however, that a fetus is not able to sense pain until the beginning of the third trimester, or 28 weeks, at the earliest.

Late-term abortion is typically done only in instances such as the discovery of debilitating conditions in the fetus — many of which would make survival outside of the womb impossible — or when the life of the mother is at risk; in fact 99 percent of abortions are conducted before the 21st week of pregnancy.


Unfortunately.... )

*Heavily editted since I learned about the bill passing after I posted about asking your rep to say no to the H.R 7
[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
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.
[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
We may have beaten the anti-contraception Blunt amendment, but anti-choice politicians are not giving up.

They are still working to undo the no-cost contraceptive-coverage policy and give every boss and corporation the right to take away birth-control coverage from their employees entirely. In fact, we are fighting at least four bills in Congress that go after women’s birth control.

We must tell every senator and representative that enough is enough. No more attacks on birth-control coverage.
[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
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
[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
Two days before the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Obama administration is rolling out a health reform regulation that reproductive-rights advocates will cheer. The rule upholds a requirement for nearly all employers to offer birth control without a co-pay. What’s more, the White House won’t expand exemptions for faith-based hospitals and universities, as religious groups had urged.

The health reform law requires employers to cover birth control without co-pay by Aug. 1 of this year. Faith-based groups that have a religious objection to contraceptives, and whose employees primarily share their religion, can seek an exemption from this mandate.

What the White House announced today concerns faith-based groups that don’t fit that description, religious nonprofits whose employees may not share their religion. Those employers, the administration has decided, will have to comply with the mandate — although they’ll get a one-year grace period, until 2013, to do so.

“This group will ultimately have to offer female employees cost-free contraception, just like others across the country,” an administration official told reporters this afternoon.

This isn’t what many religious were hoping to hear today. For months now, they have lobbied for a wider-reaching conscience clause in this birth control requirement, one that does not hinge on whom a religious institution employs or serves. That would probably allow Catholic universities and hospitals, which tend not to employ primarily Catholic populations, to qualify for the exemption.

The final regulation, however, keeps the conscience clause narrow: Only organizations that are faith-based and primarily employ those of the same faith are eligible for the exemption.
[identity profile] lynn82md.livejournal.com
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents say they're still pursuing life-at-fertilization ballot initiatives in six other states after Bible Belt voters in Mississippi defeated one Tuesday.

The "personhood" proposal was intended to prompt a legal challenge aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a legal right to abortion.

Keith Mason is co-founder of Personhood USA, which pushed the Mississippi measure. The Colorado-based group is trying to put initiatives on 2012 ballots in Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada and California. Voters in Colorado rejected similar proposals in 2008 and 2010.

Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said the initiatives represent an "extreme, dangerous and direct assault" on abortion rights.

Mason told The Associated Press that Personhood USA might revive efforts for another ballot initiative in Mississippi.

Speaking of the failure in Mississippi on Tuesday, Mason said, "it's not because the people are not pro-life. It's because Planned Parenthood put a lot of misconceptions and lies in front of folks and created a lot of confusion."

Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a statement: "Mississippi voters rejected the so-called 'personhood' amendment because they understood it is government gone too far, and would have allowed government to have control over personal decisions that should be left up to a woman, her family, her doctor and her faith, including keeping a woman with a life-threatening pregnancy from getting the care she needs, and criminalizing everything from abortion to common forms of birth control such as the pill and the IUD."

The so-called "personhood" initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of Mississippi voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted.

The measure divided the medical and religious communities and caused some of the most ardent abortion opponents, including Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, to waver with their support.

Opponents said the measure would have made birth control, such as the morning-after pill or the intrauterine device, illegal. More specifically, the ballot measure called for abortion to be prohibited "from the moment of fertilization" — wording that opponents suggested would have deterred physicians from performing in vitro fertilization because they would fear criminal charges if an embryo doesn't survive.

Opponents also said supporters were trying to impose their religious beliefs on others by forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies, including those caused by rape or incest.

This is an awesome victory that this amendment was defeated, especially in a state that leans towards being pro-life :)

However, it sucks though that this organization won't stop trying to push this amendment on other states' ballots. It's like they can't take a hint that people on their own side don't like the amendment.


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