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Queer Feminist & Pro-Choice

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Queer Feminist & Pro-Choice

Aug 2
feministblackboard:

August first victory: Insurance providers will now be required to cover all contraception as well as well-woman visits, STD and pregnancy testing, domestic violence screenings, and family planning services as they all fit under the umbrella term of preventive care.
Methods such as voluntary sterilization will also be covered. All of the plans that began on/after August first will include this requirement.  From then, it will go into full effect January of 2013.
Also, did you know that birth control is already required to be covered by insurance in 28 states? True story.

feministblackboard:

August first victory: Insurance providers will now be required to cover all contraception as well as well-woman visits, STD and pregnancy testing, domestic violence screenings, and family planning services as they all fit under the umbrella term of preventive care.

Methods such as voluntary sterilization will also be covered. All of the plans that began on/after August first will include this requirement.  From then, it will go into full effect January of 2013.

Also, did you know that birth control is already required to be covered by insurance in 28 states? True story.

The Last Remaining Abortion Provider in Mississippi

michellehaimoff:

Two weeks ago, an anti-abortion extremist invaded the waiting room of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi - the only abortion provider in the entire state of Mississippi.

The Feminist Majority Foundation’s legal coordinator traveled to Jackson to discuss ways to improve security, to assess legal needs and to devise new ways for the local community to support the facility. 

Now they’re asking pro-choicers around the country to make an emergency, tax-deductable contribution to keep the organization open and its patients, doctors and staff safe.

To donate, please click here.

What we ignore about abortion rights

theimplausibledream:

The news media and blogosphere are always buzzing with incensed coverage of the War on Choice, but, as usual, the dialogue is intensely slanted on the side of privilege.  I should know, that’s the side I live in.

While I have nightmares about the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, and grapple with the even realer fear that statewide legislation will whittle down my chance to abort to a two-day window following insemination, I don’t really believe that I will ever be denied my right to choose.  Even if I never find another job and run deep into debt, I have incredible family and friends who would front me whatever money I needed to travel and pay for an abortion.  And this is true for most of the women who write about abortion rights on the internet.

The aggressive outcry over Planned Parenthood’s defunding took a decidedly problematic turn when advocates decided, early on, to shift the focus from abortion.  “Planned Parenthood does other stuff too!” they cried.  “Just look at all the medical care they provide for women with familes, women who love their children and just want to be healthy enough to raise them!”  What they ignored was the fact that taxpayer dollars SHOULD be paying for women to get abortions, just like they pay for other medical procedures and healthcare services.  The right to choose is not just for people who can afford it.  And the sooner we bring that fact front and center instead of brushing it under the carpet, the closer we’ll be to embracing a feminism that isn’t racist or classist or otherwise elite.

That’s why it made me so angry to see this post on the usually-progressive reddit the other day (emphasis added):

Why do people continue to be hypnotized by the red herring of abortion? Abortion has been legal for nearly 40 years and that’s very, very unlikely to change regardless of who’s president. Stop encouraging debate on abstract bullshit… let’s focus on real issues.

Let’s stop allowing candidates to debate soft topics like abortion and spend more time on real topics that require actual action like the wars, economy, foreign policy, etc.

And despite the significant feminist outcry, the majority of the top-rated comments agreed with the OP.  I left some angry responses, linked to this article (if you don’t click any other links, click this), and went to bed a little more disillusioned than when I woke up. 

Then today, a MotherJones article by my indomitable hero Mac McClelland directed me at this cheery piece of news.  The Ohio Senate has decided that not only can public hospitals no longer perform abortions, but public dollars can’t even fund healthcare plans that cover the procedure.  And the kicker?  It only applies to rural, unincorporated counties.  This means Appalachia and the Rust Belt.  It means Lorain County, my place of residence for the past four years, and Athens County, where my mom grew up.  It means all the tiny towns I spent the last week canvassing, wondering how on earth it feels to live hours away from the nearest Target - let alone an abortion provider. 

The reality of the War on Choice is that abortion has become a class issue.  It’s not a black-and-white issue of morality, and you can’t make the problems go away by upholding Roe.  It’s time for our politicians and advocates to stop legitimizing the anti-choice zealots by obscuring the issue and avoiding the sadly incendiary truth: MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT ONE’S BODY IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT THAT NECESSITATES FULL GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND SUPPORT, no matter what state you live in.  Let’s have some actual action, please. 

Jun 9

Happy Birthday To Your Right To Birth Control

fistwavingfeminism:

It’s been been 45 years today since Griswold v. Connecticut, in which the U.S. Supreme Court saw in the Constitution a protected right to privacy — in that case, the right of married couples to use birth control.

The case would have major implications for later decisions affecting reproductive and sexual health, including Roe v. Wade and, in 2003, Lawrence v. Texas, striking down anti-sodomy laws.

Griswold challenged Connecticut’s law, on the books since 1879, banning contraception and prohibiting the dissemination of information about contraception. Estelle Griswold of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, and Dr. C. Lee Buxton, a faculty member at Yale Medical School, were convicted under the law for operating a family planning clinic. From the decision on June 7, 1965:

he present case, then, concerns a relationship lying within the zone of privacy created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees. And it concerns a law which, in forbidding the use of contraceptives rather than regulating their manufacture or sale, seeks to achieve its goals by means having a maximum destructive impact upon that relationship. Such a law cannot stand in light of the familiar principle, so often applied by this Court, that a “governmental purpose to control or prevent activities constitutionally subject to state regulation may not be achieved by means which sweep unnecessarily broadly and thereby invade the area of protected freedoms.” NAACP v. Alabama, 377 U.S. 288, 307 . Would we allow the police to search the sacred precincts of marital bedrooms for telltale signs of the use of contraceptives? The very idea is repulsive to the notions of privacy surrounding the marriage relationship.

We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights - older than our political parties, older than our school system. Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in our prior decisions.

It was all downhill for America since then, give that the right has totally given up on searching bedrooms for telltale signs of whatever it is they disapprove of. Joke! As Jodi Jacobson points out at RH Reality Check, the rights recognized by Griswold have continually been under assault, despite massive public opinion in favor of contraceptive access. For example, though the right lost its fight to defund Planned Parenthood, the final spending deal “cut funding for Title X by $18.1 million at a time when more and more low-income women are seeking care and services from this program than ever before.” For now, we have an issue of access to rights already recognized by the nation’s highest court, but the stated right-wing agenda isn’t terribly far from trying to undermine those rights altogether.