Sunday News Round-Up, Back Online Edition
I’m finally back online at home! While I’ve been away, I’ve learned adult/child CPR/AED use and infant CPR, registered to be an organ donor, listened to a lot of classical music on the radio courtesy of the local public radio station, played a lot of Rummy and lost at Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit (as usual), had my first lunch at Swett’s, and read B is for Beer, Warbreaker, War Dances, The Lassa Ward and half of Middlemarch. Here are some things that transpired or were written with style in the interim.
First, Our Bodies Ourselves is accepting nominations for the 2010 Women’s Health Heroes awards. Nominations are due by the end of this month, so make yours today!
OBOS has also launched the Word by Word campaign, in which a donation to support the organization’s work can be appreciated through having your name – or the name of someone you’d like to honor – in the upcoming 2011 edition of the book. (disclosure/reminder: you all know I do some stuff for OBOS by now)
In Tennessee, the bill to require signs posted in abortion clinics to say nobody can force a woman to have an abortion has passed the House and Senate and been given to the Governor. I’ve discussed the bill in a previous post – long story short, it’s not so much the bill that I think is the problem as the implications/framing. While I don’t think it’s necessary by itself, I’d love to see it accompanied by legislation such as the new bill in Austin that requires “crisis pregnancy centers” to post signs saying they won’t actually refer women to abortion or birth control services. And one requiring pharmacies and hospitals that won’t provided contraception or emergency contraception (like this pharmacy in VA that just shut down because it turns out people actually want contraception) alerting customers to this fact. You know, as long as we’re worried about women being fully informed.
The Washington City Paper has a story on the woman who filed suit in DC because of how her sexual assault care was handled, and general problems with said care in the DC area.
Courtroom Mama has a great post at The Unnecesarean which talks about the problems – especially when women have to fight to have their medical decisions respected – of dismissing women’s concerns and upset and feelings about c-section by saying that a healthy baby is all that matters. She talks about the problem of assuming that a baby will make it all feel better. Best line in the post: “the outcome doesn’t erase the pain of the journey.”
Nicholas Foelson at Academic Ob/Gyn has a post on Why Pro-Choice is Losing. The trouble for me is that I don’t actually do/believe the things he ascribes to pro-choice folks, like “Pro-choice also needs to stop pretending that abortion is not destroying life.” I don’t pretend that, because that’s the whole point of having an abortion. If women woke up one day to find their bodies host to a very small rock which needed no resources or accomodations and managed to cause no foreign body concerns/reactions, they wouldn’t be so worried about abortions. I just don’t happen to think that a life that requires my organs and food and blood and oxygen has any right to demand those resources without my consent (just like a born child can’t take one of my kidneys without my explicit consent). Fogelson also argues that “Pro-choice needs to stop addressing the question of morality question all together” – but, you know, I think the question of whether another being gets absolute first right to my body and my resources is kind of a moral issue. Or an ethical one, however you want to frame that. There *is* a matter of belief involved, and it’s one in which I fundamentally believe that I get final say over everything living in my body that is not me and may potentially deplete, harm or kill me, and I don’t believe that my last decision point was the one where I decided to have sex, and I don’t think making abortion illegal does anything to make abortion go away, it just makes them unsafe while women are exercising their rights to not have their bodies used by another person against their will.
Relatedly, Melissa McEwan at Shakesville takes on the position of some that abortion should be illegal with exceptions for rape and incest (which I personally think is a wholly inconsistent position, and I like Melissa’s take).
Meanwhile, Charlotte Taft at RHRC talks about Secrecy, Stigma: Roots of Substandard Abortion Care [hint: the author thinks it's the stigma around abortion that allows bad providers to exist].
And Tennessee’s gubernatorial candidates talk about their positions on abortion. The only female candidate already dropped out.
A new web-based project addresses maternal health – “The project aims to give doctors, nurses and midwives across Africa, Asia and Latin America a direct global voice about the problems they face in delivering lifesaving maternal healthcare, bringing them centre‐stage in determining where future efforts of the global community need to be focused.”
Via FWD/Forward, an E-Library for Women with Disabilities in Africa, lots of ood stuff in a Recommended Reading post, and problems with promotions for Glee (which consist basically of, “hey, isn’t it *funny* when bad/hurtful/disrespectful things happen to the kid in the wheelchair? Uh, no.)
Renee at Womanist Musings is talking about chronic pain.
The CDC has reports on 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) in Pregnant Women Requiring Intensive Care — New York City, 2009 and Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration, by State — National Immunization Survey, United States, 2004–2008.
And last but not least, Aunt B talked about Tennessee’s obesity task force, Campfield’s problem with mentioning gay people in schools, and the creepy problem of Alabama schools spanking kids for dressing too sexily.
Anything else I should have read over the past 2-3 weeks, dear readers?