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At OBOS: Abortion Access as a Health Disparity, the Reel Grrls Take on Comcast, Vermont’s New Law, and More

June 10, 2011

I haven’t been very good recently about linking from here to my posts at Our Bodies Our Blog, where I write about twice a week. Here are some recent posts there:

Access to Abortion as a Health Disparities Issue – Highlighting a recent commentary in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, in which the authors call for not just expanded access to prevention of unwanted pregnancies, but the treatment of them – and access to that treatment through reducing barriers to abortion access.

“Reel Grrls” Empowers Young Women to Create Videos, Take on Corporate Giants
– a bit about what happens when Comcast picks on a bunch of girls learning media skills

Vermont Passes Law Providing for Insurance Coverage of Home Births and Midwives, Birth Certificate Changes for Transgender Individuals – information on a new law in Vermont that reduces certain barriers, as you could already tell from the post title.

Judge Set to Hear Arguments in Indiana Planned Parenthood Funding Case
– Indiana passed a law to deny Medicaid funds for non-abortion care at Planned Parenthood, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responded to by sending a letter explaining that states are not allowed to pick and choose which qualified providers can be paid for services through Medicaid. Let’s be clear – this is not forbidding federal funds for abortions, which is already forbidden in several different ways. It’s prohibiting women who get care – such as cancer screenings and birth control – through Medicaid from choosing Planned Parenthood as the place they want to get that care, and prevents Planned Parenthood from getting paid through Medicaid for providing that care to poor women.

On the day of the post, a hearing was set to happen to consider halting enforcement of the law; the judge has since said she will decide by July 1. Several Senate Republicans, led by Orrin Hatch, have sent a letter to HHS saying that the law should be able to stand, and calling it “an important model for every state.”

New Guttmacher Video Tackles Misconceptions About Women Who Choose Abortion
– exactly what it sounds like, with the video embedded. I don’t *think* there’s a transcript.

Health Literacy Resources for Providers – several useful resources I learned about at a recent health literacy conference.

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