“If you live in Indiana and are pregnant, don’t ever tell or text anyone that you are ambivalent about being pregnant or thinking about an abortion” ~ Dr. Jen Gunter, OB/GYN

Illinois GOP bill attacks single moms: No birth certificate or financial aid without the father
A bill sponsored by Republican state lawmakers in Illinois would deny birth certificates to the children of single mothers who do not name a father.

“The measure, which amends the state’s Vital Records Act, would prevent the child from receiving a birth certificate or financial assistance if the father was not identified.

The bill states:

“Provides that if the unmarried mother cannot or refuses to name the child’s father, either a father must be conclusively established by DNA evidence or, within 30 days after birth, another family member who will financially provide for the child must be named, in court, on the birth certificate. Provides that absent DNA evidence or a family member’s name, a birth certificate will not be issued and the mother will be ineligible for financial aid from the State for support of the child.”

Ed Yohnka of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union told the Chicagoist that the bill was troubling even though it was not expected to pass the Democratic supermajority in the state House.”

Read the full piece here

Also: Illinois Bill Would Make Life Even More Difficult For Single Moms


Georgia Women Arrested Protesting Bill That Would Let Employers Fire Women Who’ve Had An Abortion

“In several states, Republican lawmakers are sponsoring bills that would allow employers to use “religious liberty” as an excuse to do whatever they want – including discriminate against customers or employees on the basis of religion.

Georgia’s version of this religious liberty bill has already passed the state senate, but is running into trouble in the house, where even the speaker, a Republican, has expressed skepticism about the legislation.

Progressive activists in the state are leaving nothing to chance, realizing that if the bill passes, the state could see a new wave of discrimination similar to Jim Crow-style restrictions on African Americans. Some women’s organizations are particularly concerned that right-wing employers could, for example, fire women who’ve had abortions.

On Monday, four women – Megan Harrison, Lorraine Fontana, Emma Stitt, and Jessica Reznicek – sought an audience with the bill’s chief Senate sponsor, Republican Josh McKoon. Not only were the four women denied a meeting with McKoon, they were arrested.

The American Friends Service Committee shared a few photos of the arrests.

At least two of the women – Emma Stitt and Jessice Reznicek – have decided to refuse bond for now, saying they will stay in prison until the bill is defeated.”

Read the full piece here

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It is 2015 and we are currently fighting to keep abortion legal and accessible more than 40 years after Roe v. Wade made it a constitutional right. Employers can now deny women insurance coverage for birth control if they claim to object to it on religious grounds, and Republicans are pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest reproductive healthcare provider that also offers low- and no-cost birth control. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to ban abortion pre-viability, while House Republicans voted last week to prevent private insurers from covering the procedure. At the state level, conservative lawmakers are passing laws that shutter clinics and force women to wait longer and travel farther to access care. Taken as a whole, the government is making it really, really hard to avoid becoming pregnant. And if you get pregnant and don’t want to be, the government is making it really, really hard to get an abortion.

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Republicans Are Killing Women: US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties

“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.”

Read the full piece here | See the study here

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.orgThis way you’ll be qualified to vote these misogynists out the next chance you get.

Men literally refuse to learn anything about the menstrual cycle but still have the audacity to berate and belittle the idea of wanting easier access to birth control. In my 7th grade health class, I was forced to examine a set of prosthetic testicles as we were being taught about testicular cancer awareness and while very important, i argued that I shouldn’t have to touch the prosthetics because that would never be a issue for me. And my teacher instead forced to preform the exam or i’d be guitly of insubordination. Fine, whatever. So why can’t men sit down for five whole minutes and learn what birth control can actually do. Because if you’re gonna try to take away my access to birth control, I want you to know what it’s like during my “time of the month”. I nearly did not graduate high school because of the amount of abscences I had accumulated. During menstruation, i’d wake up with migraines so bad I’d be unable to read or even see sometimes. I’d get physically ill and vomit. I’d be doubled over in a bout of painful cramps. And I clearly couldn’t go to class in that state, dizzy and vomitting. There’s no way a person could sit in class and actually learn while experiencing that. So I’d stay home and endure my painful menstrual cycle, which I’d get those symptoms at least once a month if not more. And so when my abscences were reviewed, I was asked, where were my doctors note if I was “sick”? And I remember crying in the nurses office trying to explain how I got homonal migraines and tried to explain the plethora of my problems and it wasn’t a viable answer. I was a young women very much in need of birth control, but unable to afford it. Because if I had birth control at the time, I’d be able to attend class. I’d be able to function and have a normal, regulated period like I should. And while not all people experience their periods like I do, many do. And they do deserve easy and affordable access to birth control. So think twice the next time you open your mouth about birth control. And don’t you dare try to demean me with the argument of me being too selfish and cheap to not spend a small insignificant amount on condoms or to close my legs. Because unless you experience what I do each and every month, I don’t want to hear it.