Don’t Give Up – Our Kids Have Our Back

Categories:  Fighting Back, Planned Parenthood, Uncategorized

My daughter posted this on her facebook page. We’ve so failed as a generation that our children have to refight battles we thought were won, but I’m so proud that they are willing to.  Thanks to Coffee Party for putting this out there. Take a look.

Now You Can Own Your Uturus

Categories:  Fighting Back, Republican Insanity

This is Great!  After the idiocy over the state legislature declaring that uturus is a naughty word, the ACLU in Florida set up a web site so that you can incorporate your uturus.  As they explain on the site, you can’t really incorporate your uturus, but they have set up the ability for you to virtually incorporate it.  Check out the site here.  It also gives updates on on what’s going on in the Florida legislature and other info of interest to the incorporated uturus community.

Uterus, Uterus, Uterus!

Categories:  Republican Insanity

Good thing I’m not in the Florida House of Representatives.  Republican house leadership has banned the word “uterus” from being spoken on the house floor.  This happened after Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) threw out the suggestion that maybe his wife ought to incorporate her uterus. I wish I was making this stuff up, but alas I’m not.  My favorite news article on the ban is here.

Free Abortions if You Pretend to be a Rape Victim

Categories:  Attempts to Make Abortion Difficult

At least that’s the what state Rep Eric Turner from Indiana is worried about.  Bad enough that the state is in the process of passing legislation that would shorten the time frame for most abortions from approximately 24 weeks (the time at which a fetus is considered viable) down to 20 weeks. One of Indiana’s democrats (Rep Gail Riecken) introduced an amendment to exempt women who become pregnant due to rape or incest.  Here is Turner’s response:

“With all do respect to Rep. Riecken, I understand what she’s trying to do. But as you know that when the federal health care bill was going through Congress there was a lot of discussion whether this would allow for abortion coverage and of course we were all told it would not. And the bill, my house bill 1210, would prevent that for any insurance company to provide abortion coverage under federal health care bill. This [amendment] would open that window and I would ask you to oppose this amendment.”

“I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could — now I want to be careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest — but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simp0ly say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”

Here’s the video thanks to I love the response from Rep. Linda Lawson(D).

What Are They Up To

Categories:  Attempts to Make Abortion Difficult, Health Care

I always worry a bit when a few days go by without any prominent postings about this or that skulduggery.  I know this week was a distraction between the multiple disasters in Japan, the multiple anti-government protester killings in the mideast and the ongoing games in Wisconsin, but just because we don’t read about it doesn’t mean the Republicans aren’t up to something.  Of course they are up to something. Here it is. Thanks to Daily Kos for the article.  Just what we need — the IRS to perform abortion audits. Read the article. They may be stuck in the same old ruts, but they have some creative minds coming up with this crap.

Thought Police Strike in Iowa

Categories:  Consequences of Banning Abortion

From comes this article about a woman in Iowa that was arrested after she told an ER nurse that she hadn’t always been sure she’d wanted this baby. She spent two days in jail for that thought crime. There’s more to the story of course, but at the end of the day the reason she was jailed was for admitting that she had previously thought about an abortion. More from fiver at Daily Kos.

So many problems in the world, but thankfully there’s one nurse who’s willing violate patient confidentiality and HIPAA rules to save a poor women from her impure thoughts.

Nebraska’s new Tourism Campaign

Categories:  Consequences of Banning Abortion, Personal Stories

Come to Nebraska and we’ll force you to carry an unviable fetus to term and then watch it die!   From the Nebraska is this article about how the state’s new anti-abortion law forced someone to do exactly that. Nebraska Senator Mike Flood sponsored the law. We’re adding him to the Wall of Shame.

John Amato of Crooks & Liars has additional articles about this law and its consequences.

The Des Moines Register has this article posted including an interview with the family. They point to a very similar law being proposed for my home state of Iowa. It almost makes me want to move back their so that I can vote against it.

Mike Pence Strikes Again

Categories:  Family Planning, Health Care, Planned Parenthood, Reproductive Rights

Mike Pence (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) held an anti-abortion rights teleconference Monday night. Pence’s amendment to the continuing resolution on the federal budget would strip funding from all family planning providers that offer abortion services.  Pence makes me cringe everytime he opens his mouth. At lease everyone should be able to predict his actions by now.  News article about the teleconference is here.  Additional comments from DailyKos is here.

Personal Stories – Jackie Speier

Categories:  Personal Stories

Rep. Jackie Spieer (D-CA) pushed back hard at Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) on the floor of the House this year.  There are lots of postings of her speech. This one is short and sweet.

Personal Stories

Categories:  Personal Stories

We’re going to collect stories from women brave enough to share their experiences with the rest of us.  Here is the first one. It was published as an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal North.