Posts Tagged ‘Contraception’

‘Why are they making this more difficult for us?’

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by Mary Tuma 4 Comments

Crystal Gonzalez sits in a McAllen, Texas, coffee shop while searching for a new health care provider. Photo by Mary Tuma.

When Texas decided to exclude Planned Parenthood clinics from its Medicaid-funded women’s health care program, women like Crystal Gonzalez were left scrambling for a new provider. (more…)

The anti-abortion game of life

Posted on: May 4th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 5 Comments

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To bring down the high chlamydia infections rate among Tennessee teenagers, an anti-abortion pregnancy center in Athens, Tenn., has proposed spending federal tax dollars on a life-sized version of the Game of Life. (more…)

‘Don’t Mess With Texas Women’ tour aims to raise awareness about attacks on reproductive services

Posted on: March 7th, 2012 by Mary Tuma 12 Comments

A billboard disguised as a campaign bus rolled up to a cheering crowd of activists on Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. In lieu of a political candidate’s face or a large-type Constitution, the roving vehicle was outfitted in a much less glamorous but more to the point design–a list of basic reproductive services from cervical and breast cancer screenings to STD, diabetes and hypertension testing and birth control. Written above the services, the campaign’s message in bold caps, is not subtle: “Protect health care for 130,000 women.” (more…)

Cornyn, Hutchison vote for contraceptive exemption bill

Posted on: March 1st, 2012 by Mary Tuma 3 Comments

While a Republican Senate bill seeking to overturn the Obama administration’s contraception health care policy rule was eventually tabled Thursday morning, a fight over religious freedom and women’s health proceeded, with two Texas Senators defending the measure.

Texas Republican Senators and bill co-sponsors, John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, voted in favor of the Blunt Amendment, authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), which sought to block the federal administration’s mandate requiring health insurers to cover birth control for religiously affiliated institutions–a requirement seen by some Republicans and religious groups as an infringement on religious beliefs.

Defeated in a 51-48 vote, the health care amendment saw opposition from the majority of Democrats who argued the bill is written too broadly, as it allows employers to refuse insurance coverage for any service they deem “morally objectionable,”– opening the door to a litany of possible morality-based objections to preventative care.

Cornyn said critics of the measure turned the argument “into a purely partisan issue” and were trying to “make political hay by scaring people, by misleading people, that this is somehow about denying women access to contraception – when that is not the issue here,” according to media reports.

After the amendment floundered, Cornyn said the fight over the contraception mandate is not over.

“This is not a partisan issue; it is not a matter of politics; it is about upholding one of the bedrock principles upon which our great country was established,” Cornyn said. “This mandate violates a fundamental right that for centuries has made America a beacon of freedom in the world’s eye. It is an affront to the very fabric of our country, and I will keep fighting until it is fully revoked.”

Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Rebecca Acuña, voiced her disapproval of the Senators’ vote, saying it is indicative of the “assault” on women’s reproductive health care by Texas Republicans and pointing to the mandatory pre-abortion sonogram law, the soon to be cut Women’s Health Program and a national lawsuit Texas recently joined with other states to stop the federal contraceptive mandate.

“This constant attack on women’s health is reprehensible,” said Acuña in a statement released earlier today. “Senators Cornyn and Hutchison voted to put government and employers directly between a woman and her doctor. This is yet another attempt by Republicans to turn the clock back on the rights of women.”

“The assault on women’s health care has got to stop,” added Acuña. “In Texas the Republican attack on women’s rights is even worse.”

AINN reporters discuss personhood, Va. could become first state to define life at conception

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 by The American Independent 9 Comments

On Tuesday, the Virginia House passed a bill that would declare unborn fetuses people, thus banning abortion — and potentially certain forms of contraception or fertility methods — upon the overturning of any U.S. Supreme Court precedent protecting a woman’s constitutional right to privacy. This positions Virginia — which now has a Republican super-majority — to become the first state to enact a fetal personhood measure, which supporters hope will lead the Supreme Court to revisit the constitutionality of abortion rights. (more…)

At CPAC, leaders urge steering birth control conversation toward abortion

Posted on: February 10th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 9 Comments

Stop talking about birth control. That was the key message from some of the most prominent leaders of America’s anti-abortion movement, speaking Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. During a talk on how to advance the movement through messaging, an all-female panel discussed the Obama administration’s birth-control-coverage mandate and suggested that the best way to defeat it is by calling it an “abortion mandate.” (more…)

Colorado GOP swing-district candidates dodge questions about ‘personhood’

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by The American Independent No Comments

Federal presidential-election-year campaigns are heating up in Colorado now that the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts have been updated. Yet so far, Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton, the Republican representatives of new, more competitive sixth and third districts, have yet to articulate for the record their stances on “personhood,” the hard-line anti-abortion proposition that has become a litmus-test issue in Colorado after having landed on the ballot as an initiative in the last two general elections and after clearing hurdles to speed toward the ballot again this year. (more…)

Massachusetts Legislature debates archaic law banning birth control for unmarried women

Posted on: October 5th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

Today, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary is debating whether to repeal portions of an bygone law regarding women’s access to contraception. (more…)