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Friends of Planned Parenthood in North Carolina donned their best bustles and pumps yesterday to fight the state’s latest anti-woman bill, HB730. The gals dressed up '60s style to show just how out-of-date the bill’s proposals are. They said they “love a good vintage look – but not when it’s running state legislature.” Genius! What is it about this bill that's got their knickers in a twist? Are you sitting down? It's a doozy. Read More
Over-the-counter emergency contraception is now available for all! Today, the federal district court overturned the Obama administration’s age restrictions forbidding women under the age of 17 from purchasing over-the-counter emergency contraception without a prescription. Judge Edward Korman of the District Court of Eastern New York has directed the FDA to lift the ban within 30 days, describing the previous restriction as “a strong showing of bad faith and improper political influence,” and citing Plan B as “among the safest drugs sold over the counter. Read More
Last December, we all rejoiced at the news that president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, had passed a Reproductive Health Bill granting Filipino women access to birth control. Unfortunately, the law has been met with enough of the expected backlash to deter any kind of smooth sailing. After receiving petitions that challenge its alignment with the Constitution, Filipino Congress has suspended practice of the newborn bill. The measure, if reimplemented, would cause an immense amount of relief amongst Filipino women, who experience unwanted pregnancies every year of their lives. Read More
That’s right, Christian radio talk show host Kevin Swanson recently discussed some clearly accurate and well-researched findings that showed “there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb…” of women using birth control pills. We know this is true because Swanson tells us that “certain doctors and scientists” have done this research. Read More
According to the American College of Obstetricians, oral contraceptives should be available over the counter, no prescription or doctor’s exam needed. The statement, released last week on the ACOG website, argued that easier accessibility would mean more women who take oral contraceptives would obtain (and stick with) their birth control. Though no drug is risk free (the pill has been deemed safe), the College points out that other drugs like aspirin and acetaminophen are sold over the counter even though they have well-known health risks. Read More
  The United Nations has a message: access to contraception is a human right that will save lives and more than $11 billion in health costs, as well as help remove gender inequalities around the world. The United Nations Population Fund recently released The State of the World Population 2011 report, titled “By Choice, Not By Chance.” The 140-page report argues for greater accessibility to family planning and contraception. Currently, 222 million women and girls in developing countries do not have access to contraception or family planning. Read More
Blogger Amy Bursch frequently writes about female contraception and the politics surrounding it. Although she does a lot to promote female contraception, she also “…keeps an eye on what the other side is up to, crazy videos included.” And as far as crazy videos go, this one is pretty fricken crazy.   Pro-life organization “Come Unity in Truth” recently released a video titled “You Deserve to Know the Truth: Contraception. Read More
  Though he's one of the leading critics of conservative politicians, comedy news anchor Stephen Colbert is a devout Catholic--and he "loves his Church, warts and all." This past Friday, Colbert met with the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, to engage in a dialogue on “Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life" at Fordham University. Father James Martin, a Jesuit Catholic priest and author, moderated the conversation. Three thousand Fordham students waited as long as five hours to gather in the gym at the university's Bronx campus. Read More
Is anyone really surprised?  Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention last week was filled with doubletalk calling for an end to abortion rights, gay marriage, and contraceptive coverage. Dolan gave a similar benediction at the Republican National Convention. The Archdiocese of New York, of which Dolan is Archbishop, gave a statement that Dolan would pray at both conventions “solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform, or candidate.” Dolan’s prayer showed otherwise. Read More
Once again, women’s rights are under attack. The Medicaid Women’s Health Program, a health-care program for low-income women in Texas, is in danger of losing $35 million dollars of federal funding because Governor Rick Perry won't allow any of it to go to Planned Parenthood.  This program, which funds preventative care (including cancer screenings and contraception), currently serves 130,000 women by donating to many clinics in Texas--including Planned Parenthood. Read More