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Weekly News Roundup
Here are a few of the stories we’ve been paying attention to:
- Inter Press Service news agency runs an article about attacks on PP in the states, talks about New York’s struggle with CPCs: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=56732
- National Catholic Register cites New York as a place where “anti-family” legislation is thriving: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/anti-family-legislation-sweeps-across-the-country/
- Metro Paper covers the HHS decision: http://www.metro.us/newyork/national/article/933053—birth-control-services-now-free
- We were waiting for this. NY Post runs a negative op ed by Michael Walsh against the HHS decision: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/care_truth_sinks_in_Lw2oQUrLTkawNQQkvsT8MM?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=
- Rachel Maddow celebrates the HHS decision on birth control and women’s health: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/43980737#43980737
- The Colbert Report does a brilliant piece on the decision: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/393824/august-03-2011/women-s-health-nazi-plan
- As does Jon Stewart: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-4-2011/culture-war-update—-the-dividening-of-america—-dana-perino-vs—free-birth-controlculture-war-update—-the-dividening-of-america—-dana-perino-vs—free-birth-control
- Whereas Fox News likens it to covering manicures and pedicures: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/08/02/285620/fox-expert-blasts-expanding-access-to-birth-control-are-we-going-to-do-pedicures-and-manicures-as-well/
- And religious groups are objecting: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jVeA_vkBZtjd2GY_-o2deQB_MPaA?docId=854176f27ad64f27bc183d11242b5e56
- Change.org points out that a number of uninsured women are still left hanging: http://news.change.org/stories/no-co-pay-birth-control-a-reality-but-what-about-uninsured-women
- As well as Latina women: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/08/05/puede-latinas-other-uninsured-women-gaps-remain-access-birth-control
- Though Dr. Cullins points out that the decision will be huge for the African American community: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cullins/why-free-birth-control-wi_1_b_916702.html
- As does BET: http://www.bet.com/news/health/2011/08/05/free-contraception-is-great-for-black-women.html
- Cecile Richards celebrates the decision in an op ed in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cecile-richards/birth-control-you-can-aff_b_917407.html
- In celebration of the decision, PPFA released a dancing pill pack Bollywood video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw2REPmbtj4
- Which got picked up by Glamour magazine: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2011/08/dancing-birth-control-bollywoo.html?mbid=twitter_glamourdotcom
- The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/planned-parenthoods-bollywood-style-celebration-of-birth-control-coverage-video/2011/08/04/gIQAwfOSuI_blog.html
- And the Daily Show’s moment of Zen: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-4-2011/moment-of-zen—-dancing-birth-control-pills
- HHS is now taking public comments on the consideration of a conscience clause. PPFA has a form to submit comments through: https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=13586&s_src=hhscomment_0811_c4_ppyt&JServSessionIdr004=p5z203cf52.app209b
- San Francisco is aggressively going after crisis pregnancy centers: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/us/03abort.html?_r=2&ref=us
- Anti-abortion group the Susan B Anthony list is being sued for lying: http://jezebel.com/5826865/
- The Nation explores the state of sex ed around the country: http://www.thenation.com/blog/162525/dont-have-sex-you-will-get-pregnant-and-die
- A doctor in Indiana is claiming his pregnant teenage patient is a victim of politics: http://www.wthr.com/story/15204156/doctor-believes-pregnant-teen-is-victim-of-politics
- New HIV infections in the US are holding steady at 50,000 a year: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011/08/headline/49784868/1?dlvrit=205764
- A doctor is planning Witchita’s first center to offer abortions since Dr. Tiller’s murder: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/23/3054015/doctor-plans-first-wichita-abortion.html
- Interesting piece – “Why Latinas Demand a Different Conversation About Teen Pregnancy”: http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x965389947/Why-Latinas-demand-a-different-conversation
- And Kirsten Moore calls for serious innovation in contraception options: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kirsten-moore/technology-birth-control_b_918400.html
- Congress agreed on a debt deal: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60503.html
- Paul Krugman calls it a surrender by Obama: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/opinion/the-president-surrenders-on-debt-ceiling.html
- Though the Washington Post points out that social issues were placed “on the back burner” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/in-debt-limit-debate-social-issues-were-placed-on-the-back-burner/2011/08/04/gIQA3E3uuI_blog.html
- And the disapproval rating for Congress is now at 82%: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/us/politics/05poll.html?_r=1&hp
- And the GOP is now pushing the Global Gag Rule: http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/08/resurrecting_gag_rule_conservatives_declare_global_war_on_womens_health.html
- And Salon delves into the hypocrisy of “States Rights” politicians: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/08/07/kilgore_states_rights/
That’s all we’ve got. What have you been reading?
Follow up to post about 17 year old girl deceived by fake clinic
So this post has gone viral in a way I never expected! I’ve been following the notes and I noticed people thought this might be a hoax. I edited the original with the ETA below, but because few people are reblogging it from me directly anymore because it’s branched out so far I’m making a separate post hoping people will see this.
ETA: Some people in the notes were wondering about the veracity of this story so I found the original source (the citation above was all that was given at the website I got this from). Here’s some more quotes from the original story:
We [Planned Parenthood] have obtained permission to share some of the remarks the patient and her family wrote soon after their encounter with the CPC.
“I have been getting phone calls [from the CPC volunteer] at home and on my cell phone, and they came to my work… saying ‘we will come get you and throw you in a car and take you to a place that is safe.’ I made my decision [to have an abortion]. Even though I had talked to [the CPC person] before, she has no right to be giving out information about me [and my family]. They need to quit harassing me and my family and loved ones. They have come to my home banging on my door and non-stop calling me. I have heard racial comments about my boyfriend [and me]. They keep yelling my name, my mother’s, and my boyfriend’s. They have no right giving out my information, and they need to respect my and my boyfriend’s decision. … They are trying to trap me but this is my decision and no person has forced me and I would like them to stop harassing me, my family, my boyfriend, and my work.”
Her mother added:
“These people have given [our personal contact] information to someone at [my daughter’s] school. Now it seems even the students know certain things and are giving my daughter and her boyfriend a hard time as well. Also, the faculty has heard things, too. These people [the CPC personnel] have been standing outside Planned Parenthood yelling obscenities at all who enter. My daughter’s, her boyfriend’s, and my name have been yelled out for all to hear.”
ETA #2: You might also be interested in this post I did awhile ago on more recent investigations of CPCs and their deceptive tactics.
Crisis Pregnancy Center That Makes Expectant Parents "Earn" Baby Supplies Through Bible Study Seeks Federal Loans for Expansion
This article is published in partnership with The American Independent.
Should taxpayer funds be used to help a “Christ-centered ministry” buy and renovate a building in which it will offer Bible instruction and other services aimed at preventing abortion?
That’s the question at the center of a lawsuit filed by Care Net Pregnancy Center of Windham County, Vermont, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rejected the center’s application for a federal building loan.
Care Net is a self-described “pregnancy resource center” that works to prevent abortion by offering an array of services, including free pregnancy tests, parenting classes, and counseling. The USDA denied the group’s loan request due to the “inherently religious” nature of some of its programming.
Care Net’s most troubling offering, as far as USDA officials were concerned, was a rewards-based learning program called “Learn to Earn,” wherein expectant parents had to take a certain number of parenting and Bible study classes in order to receive free baby supplies. (Care Net’s executive director has said the center has since suspended the Bible study requirement.) The center also offers, according to a brochure, a “bible centered program” called “Post Abortive Teaching and Healing” that “enables women to process their abortion-related experiences and emotions with the goal of healing and recovery.” In addition, Care Net conducts an abstinence-only sex-education class called “Why Am I Tempted?” or WAIT.
Backed by the Alliance Defending Freedom — an influential Christian conservative legal group — and a New Hampshire law firm, Care Net is arguing that the USDA’s actions violated the Fair Housing Act and its constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law. In October, a federal judge ordered a USDA hearing officer to consider these arguments in deciding whether Care Net should get the loan.
Care Net’s attorneys hope the case will have a broader impact and will help lead to more religious groups being able to access government funding.
“[...] Jordan was isolated in the shepherding family's house; her only social contact was with the agency, which called her a "saint" for continuing her pregnancy but asked her to consider "what's best for the baby." "They come on really prolife: look at the baby, look at its heartbeat, don't kill it. Then, once you say you won't kill it, they ask, What can you give it? You have nothing to offer, but here's a family that goes on a cruise every year." Jordan was given scrapbooks full of letters and photos from hopeful adoptive parents hoping to stand out among the estimated 150 couples for every available baby. Today the "birthmother letters" are on Bethany's website: 500 couples who pay $14,500 to $25,500 for a domestic infant adoption, vying for mothers' attention with profuse praise of their "selflessness" and descriptions of the lifestyle they can offer. Jordan selected a couple, and when she went into labor, they attended the birth, along with her counselor and shepherding mother. The next day, the counselor said that fully open adoptions weren't legal in South Carolina, so Jordan wouldn't receive identifying information on the adoptive parents. Jordan cried all day and didn't think she could relinquish the baby. She called her shepherding parents and asked if she could bring the baby home. They refused, chastising Jordan sharply. The counselor told the couple Jordan was having second thoughts and brought them, sobbing, into her recovery room. The counselor warned Jordan that if she persisted, she'd end up homeless and lose the baby anyway. "My options were to leave the hospital walking, with no money," says Jordan. "Or here's a couple with Pottery Barn furniture. You sacrifice yourself, not knowing it will leave an impact on you and your child for life." The next morning, Jordan was rushed through signing relinquishment papers by a busy, on-duty nurse serving as notary public. As soon as she'd signed, the couple left with the baby, and Jordan was taken home without being discharged. The shepherding family was celebrating and asked why Jordan wouldn't stop crying. Five days later, she used her last $50 to buy a Greyhound ticket to Greenville, where she struggled for weeks to reach a Bethany post-adoption counselor as her milk came in and she rapidly lost more than fifty pounds in her grief. When Jordan called Bethany's statewide headquarters one night, her shepherding mother answered, responding coldly to Jordan's lament. "You're the one who spread your legs and got pregnant out of wedlock," she told Jordan. "You have no right to grieve for this baby." [...]”—Excerpt from “Shotgun Adoption” by Kathryn Joyce
N e p a l i .Family
CPCS ONG - Children Protection Centers & Services - Centre de DiliBazaar - Katmandou - Népal - Juin/Juillet 2011
Cela fais plusieurs jours que je pense à écrire ce dernier article qui clôturera mon périple népalais. Mais, j’hésite, je ne sais pas par où commencer, quoi raconter, comment décrire les choses, comment expliquer mes émotions… Et aujourd’hui, j’ai finalement compris : ces moments ne peuvent pas être traduits par de simples mots.
Je vais donc à travers quelques photos vous montrer à quel point parmi eux j’ai été heureuse et combien grâce à eux je ferai de mon mieux pour être toujours à la hauteur!
Au début de mon Trip Asiatique, je voulais trouver un endroit pour faire du volontariat, aider une cause. A quelques semaines de la fin de mon voyage je me retrouve avec tellement plus : une nouvelle famille.
Je vous présente ma famille Nepali, si précieuse…
Vers toutes ces jolies petites mains, je retournerais dans les deux ans qui suivent…
Morgane une jeune femme incroyable qui a rejoint notre famille une semaine avant mon départ, juste à temps pour LA Boum que j’ai organisé pour les enfants.
Au Menu : crêpes faites par leur soin, fruits exotiques, confiture, chocolat, miel et jus de fruits. Le tout à volonté…
Après la pause goûter, distribution de bonbons, puis danse à ne plus pouvoir s’arrêter!
Ma Cérémonie du Tikka - les enfants m’ont déposé un “point” rouge pour me protéger et repousser les mauvais esprits - superbe tradition nepali!
Tous autour de moi, je me sentais en sécurité totale. Tellement sereine, je n’ai jamais aussi forte…
Après poèmes, chants et remise de cadeaux, ils sont tous venus me saluer.
Un signe de respect et d’amour inestimable.
Après la cérémonie, j’ai décidé de leur offrir des “momos” pour le goûter, les raviolis locaux dont tous les Nepali rafolent!
Avant de partir, je les ai pris les uns après les autres dans les bras, je les ai serré contre mon coeur avant de leur déposer un petit bisou sur la joue - dernier signe d’affection pour leur dire “à très bientôt!”.
B I E N A V O U S P O U R T O U J O U R S
In Maryland, Free Speech Protects the Right of Crisis Pregnancy Centers to Lie to Women: An Analysis of the Baltimore CPC Case
In the wake of the more than 1100 bills that have been rammed through state legislatures across the country, and as state legislators try to legislate women’s bodies while at the same time preventing them from calling a vagina “a vagina,” one important front in the “war on women” has gotten very little media attention — the scourge of crisis pregnancy centers (CPC).
In clinics nationwide, young women — mostly poor women — are lured into so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” which falsely advertise themselves as health clinics, but which are anything but. These crisis pregnancy centers are often set up and run by Catholic churches, which, for obvious reasons, doesn’t bode well for any woman seeking information about contraception or terminating a pregnancy.
Instead of offering counseling about a woman’s choices, these CPCs steer women towards a right-wing, anti-choice agenda, using Jesus and guilt as weapons. Some of the more pernicious CPCs manipulate women using tactics that include scheduling appointments weeks after they are requested, such that women who finally visit a CPC and realize that the center does not provide abortion services may be too far along in their pregnancy to terminate. These despicable tactics are calculated to force women into carrying pregnancies to term even if those women have already decided that they want to get an abortion, and visit a crisis center believing that abortions are available at that particular center. These tactics also deprive women of the freedom to make a choice for themselves without having a self-righteous third party take credit for a difficult choice that they made on their own.