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It might be time to start a #NotAllRepublicans hashtag when it comes to the issue of contraceptive access. According to findings released on Tuesday by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, an overwhelming two-thirds of young Republicans say they support affordable birth control, with a rationale that is, well, strikingly Republican.

Study shows two-thirds of conservative millennials favor contraceptive access. But they also agree with Hobby Lobby

To those who are commenting that the above graphic does not address cases of rape, you are right, it does not. It was never intended to ignore the severity of rape but to present an idea that chastity is an option for those engaging in willing sexual intercourse.

To those commenting on this post and saying that the birth control pill is also a solution for cramps, acne, and other issues, there are alternatives out there that do not involve screwing up your body’s natural hormones. If you look into NaPro technology, or ask your doctor, more and more women are finding healthier and natural choices. 1Flesh.org for example, has great information.

Oral contraceptives, which are potentially abortifacient, provide only symptomatic treatment when prescribed for women’s health problems, and they do not affect the underlying causes. The birth control pill is used to “treat” menstrual cramps, recurrent ovarian cysts, abnormal bleeding, premenstrual syndrome, acne, irregular cycles, and endometriosis.”  The Pope Paul VI Institute is just one of those centres that is offering NEW solutions. Find out more about NaProTechnology.

To those commenting that it’s their body, to be used as they choose, you’re right. It IS your body and it’s your choice but if you want to understand a bit of why I would never recommend contraception or sex outside of marriage, then I invite you to read this post or read some of my previous posts tagged contraception.

Or you could visit The Radiance Foundation's website to read more!

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Anti-choice lawmakers in the Lone Star state have already launched another major attack on women’s healthcare. This week, the Texas Senate filed its first-draft budget for the 2015 session, which proposes a new tiered funding system for breast and cervical cancer screenings that would effectively end funding to Planned Parenthood. Surprise, surprise.

Republicans will not stop trying to police women’s bodies.

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Since my recent Stephen Colbert posts I’ve gotten a few people writing to let me know that he wasn’t actually conservative. Thanks, but I know folks - I was just kidding when I wrote, “As a conservative, you were a Worthy Adversary.” That’s a reference to one of his segments. 

Here are a few more memories from the show:

- Stephen sounds the Oppressed White Male alert

- Stephen undermines a conservative argument against contraception

- Stephen gets exasperated by Rick Santorum’s arguments against gay marriage

- Stephen admits the trick behind gendered marketing

- Stephen hangs out with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda

A global study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute found that abortion rates are about the same in countries where it is legal and where it is not.

That’s because pregnant people seek out unqualified abortionists or try to do the job themselves. They are more likely to die or become injured or unable to bear children later, when they’re ready to be good parents.

Deaths among people seeking abortion decreased 90% when it was made legal in South Africa. And in Ethiopia, where the procedure is banned, abortion is the second-leading cause of death among women admitted to hospitals.

Instead of self-righteously condemning abortion, and making laws restricting access, why not do something that keeps pregnant people from feeling a need to get one?

So what prevents abortion?

Interestingly, the more openly a society discusses sexuality, the fewer abortions you get. After all, young people are more educated on their bodies and contraception – which is more available. Some parents worry that the sex talk will encourage experimentation, yet the reverse is true. Kids are less likely to become sexually active, and they are more responsible when the do.

Not surprisingly, the WHO global study found that that the best way to reduce abortion is to make contraception more widely available. When contraception increased in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism, abortion rates fell by 50%.

Meanwhile, in the US 93% of people having an abortion are adults between the ages of 18-48, and half were using birth control.

Unfortunately, people don’t always use contraception flawlessly. Let’s say you’re on the pill and you remember to take it six hours late? Better use a backup because you are now at serious risk of pregnancy. If you miss two days the pill is considered temporarily ineffective.

Some only use condoms, leaving 15% of users getting pregnant, which is mostly caused by user error.  Condoms combined with spermicide are a lot safer.

Long-lasting birth control is best, like surgery, an IUD or an implant inserted into the arm.

Secondary or emergency contraception also bring down abortion rates. But plenty of religious folks fight it, along with regular contraception.

[source: broad blogs, edited for more gender-neutral langauge]

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Why the UK doesn’t need an abortion law at all

Joyce Arthur shares the experience of Canada, where abortion was decriminalised a quarter of a century ago.

“For 26 years, Canada has had no legal restrictions on abortion whatsoever – not even any gestational limits. From my perspective as a Canadian, the UK’s current debate over the proposed reduction in its legal time limit for an abortion is way off-base.

Politicians and the media seem trapped by the assumption that some kind of abortion law is necessary and they just need to decide what the limits are. In reality, the best solution is full decriminalization, because all anti-abortion laws are unjust, harmful, and useless – including the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act.

The case of Canada

Canada is the first country in the world to prove that abortion care can be ethically and successfully managed as part of standard healthcare practice, without being controlled by any civil or criminal law. (Two Australian states have also successfully decriminalized abortion in recent years.)

Since 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada threw out our abortion law as unconstitutional, the sky has not fallen, but our abortion rates have – we’ve witnessed a continuing decline since 2000 and now have a relatively low abortion rate compared to many other developed countries – about 14 abortions per 1000 women of childbearing age per year.

That rate is still a bit higher than some western European countries, which reflects the need to decrease further the number of unwanted pregnancies. Nevertheless, Canada’s teen birth and abortion rate declined 37 per centbetween 1996 and 2006, primarily because of better access to effective contraception. In other words, declines in abortion rates are not related to anti-abortion laws, but mostly to the availability of contraception in a country. The only effective and just strategy for reducing abortion is to help women avoid unwanted pregnancy.”

Read the full piece here

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Cruz will reportedly announce his candidacy Monday in at Liberty University, an Evangelical University founded by the late televangelist and known for its far-right social policies. 

Cruz has been an outspoken critic of those in the GOP who he says want to “abandon” the “Judeo-Christian values” on which the country was founded. At Liberty, those values include prohibitions on out-of-wedlock sex and entertainment that might “incite behaviors that are contrary to the Bible and/or the Liberty Way” such as “promiscuity” or “gratuitous crass language/behavior.”


Like Falwell’s campus, Cruz has espoused some rather controversial views. Among them:


1. Denies that humans are contributing to climate change because it snowed in New Hampshire.

Cruz has repeatedly rejected overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change, making the debunked claims that recent weather and non-oceanic temperatures create great doubt. Moreover, by pushing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a ban on fracking regulation, the repeal of EPA regulations that he says “kill jobs,” increased drilling, and greater fossil fuel exports, his energy agenda would increase CO2 emissions and hasten climate change.


2. Calls same-sex marriage “tragic and indefensible.”

Nearly a decade since Congress rejected a federal constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriages, public sentiment has hugely shifted to the point that 60 percent of Americans indicated support for marriage equality in a recent poll. But Cruz continues to fight against equal protection for same-sex couples, pushing for legislation and a federal constitutional amendment to allow states to deny them the freedom to marry. He denounced 2014 court rulings overturning state same-sex marriage bans as “judicial activism at its worst,” calling them “tragic and indefensible.” “Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it,” he said.


3. Refers to emergency contraception as “abortifacients.”

Cruz is a strong opponent of abortion rights, but also has opposed access to contraception. He backed the Blunt Amendment to decimate the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of contraception coverage and denounced emergency contraception as “abortifacients,” incorrectly suggesting that Plan B causes abortions.


4. Believes Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme.”

Cruz, in a 2011 interview with the Texas Tribune, agreed that Social Security was indeed a “Ponzi scheme.” While he called it a “vital bulwark of our society,” he also proposed a three-part plan to raise the Social Security retirement age, cut future benefits, and privatize much of the program. A similar privatization proposal by President George W. Bush died at the hands of a solidly-Republican Congress in 2005.


5. Worried about Sharia Law being imposed on America.

Although the U.S. constitution expressly prohibits the establishment of a national religion, Cruz has expressed concern that a religious group that makes up only about 1 percent of the nation’s population might do just that. At a 2012 candidate forum, Cruz warned “Sharia law is an enormous problem” in the United States.


6. Fears a United Nations plot to ban golf courses.

In a 2012 article on his Senate campaign site, Cruz sounded the alarm that “Agenda 21 is wrong, and it must be stopped.” Cruz wanted that George Soros and others backed a 1992 United Nations agenda to “abolish ‘unsustainable’ environments, including golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads.” The non-binding resolution, signed by 178 nations including the United States (under then-President George H. W.Bush), was nothing more than a general statement about reducing policy and building sustainable environments — and has, more than two decades later, not been used to eliminate golf courses.

h/t: Josh Israel at Think Progress Elections