“Today’s mothers are twice as likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than their mothers were. There is no reason, given our vast resources, knowledge and technology, why we should be going backwards in this area.” – Laura Gilkey, coordinator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a nonprofit based in Sarasota, Fla.
“Globally, only a few countries have seen a rise in the rate of maternal deaths in recent years. Those include Afghanistan, El Salvador, South Sudan and the United States of America. While at one time the US had all but eliminated deaths associated with childbirth, things have changed in recent years, with maternal death rates climbing from 14.5 per 100,000 to 17.8 per 100,000 between 2007 and 2011. As of 2014, the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth in the US has risen to 28 deaths per 100,000.
For purposes of comparison, the maternal death rate in nearly all wealthy, developed nations is a single digit number. As of 2014, the US maternal death rate is 7 times higher than that of Austria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden, all nation’s which have a maternal mortality rate of just 4 deaths per 100,000.
It might surprise conservatives to learn that the maternal death rate in the US is 14 times greater than that of Israel. While right wingers might be under the impression that Israel’s very low maternal mortality rate is the result of strict abortion policies, nothing could be further from the truth. The country has very liberal abortion laws, and women are provided with government subsidized abortion services. The country’s liberal policies regarding women’s health has led to a maternal death rate of just two women per 100,000.”
This post is for everyone who didn’t vote because “both parties are the same.” The parties are FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED on the issues that most affect women: reproductive freedom, stopping rape and helping survivors, contraception, maternity leave, equal pay.
To my U.S. readers: are you in the U.S. and registered to vote? If not, register now, it takes A FEW MINUTES for womens’ lives. http://www.vote411.org. This way you’ll be qualified to vote these misogynists out the next chance you get.
Erick Erickson doubled down on his sexist attack on Texas State Senator Wendy Davis as “Abortion Barbie,”writing on RedState that the moniker “fits perfectly” and recommending it be used on the campaign trail. Erickson writes:
Abortion Barbie fits perfectly and I hope that moniker haunts [Wendy Davis] on the campaign trail. She is, after all, intent on building a national name for herself through abortion and pink shoes. I’m sure MSNBC will send her tampon earrings to go with the other accessories.
Let me quickly explain this to Erick. Applying the moniker “Barbie” to Wendy Davis in that context specifically demeans her based on physical attributes. Erickson also connotes the stereotype of “Barbie” representing a shallow and empty headedness. This is inherently sexist.
Anytime a female politician is singled out simply based on looks – including certain attacks on Sarah Palin – it’s incredibly problematic.
Furthermore as the punch line of his joke, Erickson tosses in a shot at MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wearing tampon earrings to protest women having their menstrual products taken from them as they entered the Texas State Capital. For Erickson the state aggressively attempting to control women’s reproductive health is a joke.
In the world of Erickson his sexist remarks are fine because Davis “is ignorant of the horrors of Kermit Gosnell.” Never mind that according to experts the Gosnell case has “nothing to do with the way in which the standard of care and later abortion procedures are performed in the United States.” Any excuse to make a sexist attack.
For Erickson, whose history includes both odd sexist remarks and a defense of indefensible remarks by Todd Akin, recommending a sexist messaging assault as an electoral strategy belies just how the conservative media views the recommendations of the Growth and Opportunity project - the report written by the Republican National Committee after the 2012 elections on how to improve their electoral standing. Its findings are clearly being ignored.
“Bernie Sanders has a 100% rating with NARAL, Planned Parenthood, AAUW & NOW. He has an outstanding voting record on issues that are specifically important to women. He’s not only a man of the people, he’s a man who truly cares about women’s equality and a woman’s right to make her own choices.
Facebook Awesome actually. This response in the comments was needed. And surprisingly almost everyone applauded her, too!
I 100% agree w/ the sentiment here, but I would feel right if I didn’t specify this… we HAVE to remember that we cannot reduce reproductive issues/restrictions down to their impact on “women.” While the intent of these policies might be heavily laden with misogyny, it is NOT just people who identify as women who can and do become pregnant. Please don’t let that fact be lost in all of this. When feminists speak out for reproductive choice and bodily autonomy, I hope they do so for all people and not just cis women.
That was President Obama’s response when Speaker Boehner asked him how much he was willing to cut from Planned Parenthood in 2011.
Defunding the organization that has provided health care for 1 in 5 women in America has become a conservative obsession since the rise of the “non-partisan, tax-focused” Tea Party movement. No less than four Republican candidates for president — Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rick Perry and Scott Walker — have all rejected funds that would have provided poor women with STD screening and contraception.
“Rabid anti-choicers” calling themselves the Center for Medical Progress have released and will release more sting videos deceptively edited to suggest that Planned Parenthood executives are engaging in illegal or unethical activity when it comes to the transfer of fetal tissue for research purposes. The group also released the full videos assuming that most news organizations would ignore that the totality of the footage debunks its own narrative. And this assumption has been largely been proven correct.
Republicans have been mostly silent on the issue of reproductive rights since the birth control and Todd Akin debacles of 2012. But these conservatives are insisting that it come back with a vengeance. And GOP candidates eager to win over primary voters are happy to oblige.
Did Planned Parenthood break the law?
Providing tissue for research with consent of the patient and being reasonably reimbursed for their transfer is a legal, regulated activity. It’s not just legal, actually. It’s life-saving.
“The study of fetal tissue has already led to major discoveries in human health,” Samuel M. Cohen said, a microbiologist at the University of Nebraska, testifying before Congress in 2009.
The Nation‘s Michelle Goldberg explains that fetal-tissue donation “has been used to develop vaccines, to search for treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cystic fibrosis, and, crucially, to protect infants.”
The only suggestion of law breaking, according to Goldberg, comes when the representative of Planned Parenthood suggests they might alter a procedure upon the request of the conservative activist posing as an employee of a “human biologics company.” There’s no evidence that happened but the three Republican-led congressional committees will likely investigate that along with conservative suggestions that Planned Parenthood is profiting off the transactions.
“If you think abortion is murder, then of course you think it’s wrong,” he wrote. “If you think abortion is morally benign, as I do, then you’re glad to see donated tissue being used in important medical research.”
In a sense, this debate is just an extension of the stem cell debate from the George W. Bush era. The right thinks any marriage of sperm and egg is life — some to the point that they even oppose in vitro fertilization. Any attempt to prevent this marriage or to do anything but make sure that embryo becomes a baby is, to these extremists, some form of murder.
So what happens if Planned Parenthood is defunded?
The same thing that would happen if Obamacare is repealed: more abortions.
This is about denying poor people, poor women especially, control of their bodies. Rich women will always have access to the health care they need, whether it’s legal or not. Even being in the middle class allows you the means to travel to a place where abortions are safe and legal.
If the right actually cared about the health of these patients, they’d open actual clinics that offer the same federally-funded services Planned Parenthood do. They don’t because this isn’t about the health of women or babies; it’s about pushing a religious mindset where a woman’s freedom is limited by her ability to conceive children.
Supporters are sticking together and thus far President Obama is remaining as steadfast against any cuts to Planned Parenthood in 2015 as he did in 2011. You can help by showing support for Planned Parenthood publicly and sharing articles that put this whole attack on reproductive freedom in context. Also keep in mind that this will really be settled next year, which is just another reason 2016 is the most important election of our lifetimes.