The response of Republicans to these hoax videos has been to attack contraception funding, not the use of fetal tissue for research. If lawmakers were truly outraged at the idea that medical research is being done on fetal tissue, the logical response would be to draft legislation banning research on fetal tissue. Instead, congressional Republicans have drafted legislation that would end funding for things that have nothing to do with fetal tissue.
—  Planned Parenthood and the Politics of Conservative Resentment, by Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check
Canada Approves Abortion Pill

Image, National Post

RU-468 (Mifegymiso) has been approved for prescription use in Canada after over 2 years of deliberation.

Any qualified physician can prescribe it, and it can terminate pregnancies up to 49 days gestation.

Why is this important?

  • Can be prescribed by nurses, midwifes, or family practitioners 
  • Simulates natural miscarriage
  • Side effects are minimal
  • Easy availability = less risk of unsafe procedures

Basically, this is the best abortion pill that’s been developed, and Canada has made it as (safely) accessible as possible. 


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.


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]

“Since Obamacare guarantees no-copay insurance coverage, birth control is $0 out-of-pocket. But a sham bill from Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Kelly Ayotte would take women back to the days of paying up to $600 out-of-pocket. No thank you!”

As seen on the Planned Parenthood Action Facebook page  


Connais tes droits et tes besoins

Les risques de cancer liés à l’utilisation de la pilule sont réels, mais très limités et bien moins importants que ceux du tabac sur les poumons ou du soleil sur la peau, et disparaissent chez les femmes qui cessent de prendre ces pilules à 35 ans - ce qui est le cas de la majorité d’entre elles.

La contraception orale protège contre deux cancers très graves (ovaire et endomètre - corps de l’utérus)

Un examen gynécologique n’est ni indispensable, ni même utile pour prescrire une contraception à une jeune femme en bonne santé. Jusqu’à 30 ans, la prise de la tension et un questionnaire très simple suffisent à éliminer l’unique domaine de risque (vasculaire) chez toutes les femmes.

Le frottis destiné à dépister les cancers du col n’est recommandé qu’à partir de 25 ans. Le dosage du cholestérol n’a pas a être pratiqué plus d’une fois avant l’âge de 40 ans. (Mais les manuels de médecine continuent à imposer examen gynécologique, examen des seins et prises de sang (pluri-)annuelles - toutes conditions qui dissuadent un grand nombre d’adolescentes de consulter, par un souci compréhensible de ne pas s’y soumettre.)

Pour une adolescente, le risque de se retrouver enceinte est considérablement plus élevé que le risque de contraceter un sida. Le préservatif est la méthode de contraception la moins efficace.

L’épisiotomie lors d’un accouchement n’est non seulement pas nécessaire, mais également déconseillée dans tous les autres pays du globe.

il n’est pas interdit à une femme sans enfant de porter un DIU

Obama administration tells insurers to shape up and give women the health care they need

The Obama administration on Monday put health insurance companies on notice that they must cover all forms of female contraception, including the patch and intrauterine devices, without imposing co-payments or other charges.

In addition, the Obama administration said that insurers must cover genetic testing and counseling for certain women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Specifically, it said, insurers must cover testing for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

The new guidance also makes clear that insurers should cover preventive services for transgender people when a doctor finds that the services are medically appropriate.