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Sunday News Round-Up – 40 Years of Roe Edition

January 20, 2013

blog for choice day 2013 january 22This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. That means that Blog for Choice Day 2013 is coming up on Tuesday, this year with the theme of having writers share their own personal stories of why they’re pro-choice.

I expect to put a post up in observance, and I also have something on Marsha Blackburn and Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood for tomorrow. Today’s Sunday News Round-Up theme will also be abortion.

Here’s the most recent abortion surveillance data from the CDC, using 2009 data. True facts: 60% of women who have abortions are already mothers.

More on who has abortions in the United States, from Guttmacher:
US women who have abortions infographic

Want to help low income women obtain abortions? Fund one through an abortion fund. Here’s the National Network of Abortion Funds, where you can find out more.

Across the country: Here are some events marking the anniversary. The Trust Women campaign also has several events listed. Individual organizations may also have events listed where you are.

Future healthcare providers may want to check out Medical Students for Choice and Nursing Students for Choice.

Abortion 101: What to Know Before You Go – How much time you need to set aside for the initial appointment-making phone call, paying, and what to expect.

Corresponding with the anniversary, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is launching the Yo Te Apoyo campaign, and also has video of one of their folks talking about Roe 2.0: Strategies for the Next Generation of Reproductive Rights Activism.

The Feminist Anthropologist talks about Planned Parenthood’s plan to move away from using the “choice” terminology, and includes a critique of some unfortunate gendered language in their explanatory video. I will say that I have definitely encountered trans women online talking about Planned Parenthood failing to properly and respectfully treat them, and that is something I would like to see PP explicitly address on the national level, ensuring competency at all affiliate clinics.

The Radical Housewife talks about the move away from the “choice” language, and points out some of the barriers that make getting an abortion not as simple as making a choice.

In fact, a 2008 report funded by the Guttmacher Institute announced that 87 percent of counties in the United States do not have an abortion provider.That’s a big enough number to put in all caps: EIGHTY-SEVEN PERCENT! That makes getting an abortion seem less like a “choice” and more like a forced road trip.

The Hyde Amendment, predictably, reinforces the idea that wealthy women have the “choice,” but poor women don’t. And lest we forget, the poorest women are the ones who lack access to contraceptive information and services anyway, dammit!

Tracy Weitz at RH Reality Check is also talking about the change, and NARAL talks about their continued use of the choice language.

One way antis try to make it harder to get abortions – TRAP laws that regulate the crap out of clinics in ways that aren’t actually necessary for patient safety. Via the Women’s Health Policy Report: Abortion Clinics Struggle To Adapt Under Wave of State Regulations.

The 1 in 3 campaign shares women’s stories of abortion.

The former Wichita, KS clinic of George Tiller – a provider murdered by an anti-abortion activist – is set to reopen in the next few months.

Berkeley Law launched a Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice.

Several items in On the Issues: First Irish Abortion Clinic Opens Amid Controversy, Threats and Confusion; Forty Years After Roe v Wade, Getting an Abortion is Still a Major Challenge; It’s Up to Us to Defend Abortion Rights.

Additionally, here are some of my favorite past posts of my own exploring aspects of abortion:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2013 2:44 pm

    Thanks for linking to my blog! Much appreciated.

  2. January 29, 2013 5:15 am

    I see this post,but fact is that being a mother is the most beautiful thing you can be. Every woman should be AGAINST abortion. A mother always sees the beauty of a human being more than the man.The truth is that there is nothing feminine about feminism. Feminism is masculinized womanhood. Abortion is against womanhood, There are also emotional effects of abortion

    • January 29, 2013 8:31 am

      There are so many things wrong with that comment, I don’t know where to start. Not every woman want to, or even can be a mother. Holding it out as the best thing a woman should ever do is an insult to women who can’t, shouldn’t, or don’t want to – different people have different values. Then there’s the gender essentialism of claiming men always see things one way and men always see it another way, which is not true and highly influenced by culture. Then there’s the fundamental misunderstanding of feminism. *sigh* A deliberate troll would find it difficult to work in so many untruths and stereotypes into one comment.

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