posts tagged "Planned Parenthood"

I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.

I went to the Student Health Center—they were completely unhelpful, choosing to lecture me about the importance of safe sex (recommending condoms) instead of actually listening to my problem.

Then I went to Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practitioner took one look at my fading bruises and stopped the exam. She called in the doctor. The doctor came in and simply asked me: “Are you ready to leave him?” When I denied that I was being abused, she didn’t argue with me. She just asked me what I needed. I said I need a birth control method that my boyfriend couldn’t detect. She recommended a few options and we decided on Depo.

When I told her that my boyfriend read my emails and listened to my phone messages and was known to follow me, she suggested to do the Depo injections at off hours when the clinic was normally closed. She made a note in my chart and instructed the front desk never to leave messages for me—instead, she programmed her personal cell phone number into my phone under the name “Nora”. She told me she would call me to schedule my appointments; she wouldn’t leave a message, but I should call her back when I was able to.

And that was it. No judgment. No lecture. She walked me to the door and told me to call her day or night if I needed anything. That she lived 5 blocks from campus and would come get me. That I wasn’t alone. That she just wanted me to be safe.

I never called her to come to my rescue. But I have no doubt that she would have come if I had called. She kept me on Depo for a year, giving me those monthly injections in secret, helping me prevent a desperately unwanted pregnancy.

I cannot thank Planned Parenthood enough for the work they do.

Curious Georgiana

Such an amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

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So glad this is back on my dash.

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When people can't get access to safe, legal abortions


This is what happens. In Texas, reproductive health providers told stories of women going to pharmacies across the border in Mexico, in search of a drug they hope will terminate unwanted pregnancies.

Mind you this isn’t even a feasible option for many people who cannot cross the border or don’t know someone who will do it for them. Imagine the people who CAN make it, but don’t have health insurance. This is just a sign of why we NEED abortions that are accessible - legally, geographically, AND financially. This is dangerous. And wrong.

And let’s be honest it isn’t a coincidence that this is happening in the state where Gov Perry allowed reproductive health care clinics for low income women to CLOSE.

Since day one, President Obama has fought for women’s health care rights and the economic security that goes with access to affordable insurance. I wish that were true for Mitt Romney.

Mr. Romney offers only dangerous promises to roll back these rights. I’m going to take him at his word—and every woman in America should, too. On Obamacare, he says he’ll ‘kill it dead’ on day one, eliminating mandatory coverage for lifesaving preventive care and once again letting insurance companies play by their own rules.

Mr. Romney has said over and over that he would ‘get rid’ of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is a provider for more than 3 million people across the country who need cancer screenings and other basic health care. He also applauded a proposed law that would allow any employer, religious or not, to deny employees coverage for any medical service, not just contraception.




Someone stickerbombed (is that a word?) a Birthright bus ad with Planned Parenthood info. Ha!

This is great! 

…where can I get a pack of those stickers?

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Fuck yeah, feminists!: Equating Pro-Choice with Pro-Abortion makes no sense.



If you’re gonna call Pro-Choicers “Pro-Abortion”, then you’re also gonna have to call us “Pro-Adoption” and “Pro-Parenthood”. Because we don’t care which option you choose, as long as it’s your decision.

See, the thing about being pro-choice, is we…

Stop the Pennsylvania bill to defund Planned Parenthood



The latest attack on Planned Parenthood was launched last week in Pennsylvania.

Planned Parenthood receives millions of dollars each year in Department of Health funds to provide critical health care services for low-income women, like affordable birth control, prenatal care, cancer screenings, family planning services, and services for survivors of domestic violence.

And now, in a cynical attempt to put anti-choice politics ahead of women’s health, a bill has been introduced in the House to deny Planned Parenthood the funding it needs to serve women all over the state.

Tell Pennsylvania Republicans: HB 2405 goes too far. Don’t play politics with women’s lives and defund health care for Pennsylvania women. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Each year, Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania cares for more than 120,000 people. Planned Parenthood clinics don’t just provide family planning resources — they provide vital health care services to women, especially low-income women and women in rural areas who often depend exclusively on Planned Parenthood.

This is not about abortion. It’s about denying women access to crucial health care services. In Western Pennsylvania, for example, abortion care is available at the downtown Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood clinic — but not at six other area clinics which focus on basic health care for low-income women.1

The attacks on Planned Parenthood are part and parcel of a national extremist vendetta against the organization, and the women who depend on its clinics for basic care. Anti-choice organizations, politicians and activists are relentless, and they are conducting a state-by-state campaign to undermine Planned Parenthood in state legislatures around the country, no matter what the cost to women’s health.

Don’t let the national campaign against Planned Parenthood take health care away from low-income Pennsylvania women.

Tell Pennsylvania Republicans: HB 2405 goes too far. Don’t play politics with women’s lives and defund health care for Pennsylvania women. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Pennsylvania’s HB 2405 was introduced by State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe but it was written with the help of national anti-choice groups and is almost identical to a bill passed in Arizona, and ones being considered in Ohio, Kansas, Michigan and Oklahoma. It puts Planned Parenthood at the bottom of a prioritized list of health care providers who can receive funding. It’s a clever way to cut off Planned Parenthood funding in practice, without defunding the organization by statute2.

Anti-choice activists in Pennsylvania working in concert with national organizations are already pressuring their representatives in the state legislature to pass this legislation. We need to push back and make sure Republicans know that playing political games with women’s health has no place in Pennsylvania.

Tell Pennsylvania Republicans: Don’t throw women’s health under the bus just because national anti-choice groups want to score another victory in their vendetta against Planned Parenthood. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Gazette put it this way:

Pennsylvania Republicans have a choice. They can join Mr. Metcalfe in pandering to extremists on the right — 34 members already have. Or they can ignore HB 2405 and try to re-create the Republican Party that knew how to work across party lines for the good of Pennsylvania.3

Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, even if they are anti-choice, need to hear that Pennsylvanians oppose any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and deny vital health care — from mammograms to birth control — to the women of Pennsylvania.

Tell Pennsylvania Republicans: HB 2405 goes too far. Don’t play politics with women’s lives and defund health care for Pennsylvania women. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Every time and everywhere Planned Parenthood is attacked, we need to fight back. Please help us stop this latest effort to destroy Planned Parenthood and block women’s access to health care.

Thank you for standing up for Planned Parenthood and Pennsylvania women.

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager 
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. “War on women’s health: Does Rep. Metcalfe speak for Pa. Republicans?,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 05-29-12. 
2. “Goodbye, Texas Women’s Health Program,” RH Reality Check, 03-13-12. 
3. “War on women’s health: Does Rep. Metcalfe speak for Pa. Republicans?,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 05-29-12.

*not just cis women

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New Video Attack on Planned Parenthood Stokes Sex-Selective Abortion Panic


On Tuesday, anti-abortion activist Lila Rose’s group Live Action released a highly edited “undercover sting” video that claims Planned Parenthood is facilitating gender selective abortions.

Live Action claims U.S. census data and national vital statistics illustrate sex-selection is a growing problem in the United States but MediaMatters points out Centers for Disease Control data from 2008 that says 91.4% of abortions were performed before the 13th week of pregnancy, before gender is identifiable.

The following is a statement by Akiba Solomon,’s gender reporter and columnist:

This sneak attack brought to you by Live Action’s Lila Rose (the female James O’Keefe) dovetails with tomorrow’s House vote on HR3451, the so-called Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA). To understand the timing of this video, lets examine the bill.

HR3451 claims to address the rising “sex-selection industry” and cites gender-based abortion tourism by “citizens of other countries.” As evidence of the “growing threat” of sex-selective abortion, the bill also cites a study by Columbia University economists who analyzed 2000 census data for U.S.-born children of Chinese, Korean, and Asian Indian parents. Because sons outnumbered daughters, the economists concluded that their mothers must have practiced sex-selective abortion. This evidence is thin as hell, but PRENDA authors claim that “it strongly suggests that some Americans are exercising sex-selection abortion practices within the United States consistent with discriminatory practices common to their country of origin, or the country to which they trace their ancestry.”

Taken together, the bill and video are part of the same old right wing attempt to criminalize abortion under the mantle of equal rights and stoke white population anxiety. Instead of using the black genocide trope, PRENDA employs Yellow Peril dog whistles. The video supports this race-baiting legislation.

Live Action and PRENDA supporters are concern trolls. If they were, in fact, concerned about the lives of girls, they would focus on policies that support, say, living wages, jobs, affordable health care, quality public education and safety from gender-based violence rather than ginned up threats of sex-selective abortion.

Live Action isn’t very good at being sneaky about their “stings.” Planned Parenthood knew what they were doing weeks ago.

I just don’t know how you can claim to be working in people’s best interests when your primary strategy is (badly) lying to them.

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STFU, Conservatives: Will Low-Income Women in Texas Find Care Without Planned Parenthood? An Analysis of the System Says the Answer is No



Written by Andrea Grimes for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

While the State of Texas battles in court for what it says is its right to exclude…

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VONDELL SWAIN: thisthat-and-liberalstuff: Things that will help lower abortion rates:...


Things that will help lower abortion rates: 

  • Comprehensive sex education in schools. 
  • Cheaper/easier access to birth control, condoms, and other preventative methods. 
  • Openness and communication between parents and sexually active children.
  • Openness within the community regarding Planned Parenthood centers and health departments that provide cheap/free sexual health services. 
  • Implementation of sexual and reproductive health services geared toward trans* individuals and their sexual/reproductive health. 
  • Networks of support implemented to counsel and assist pregnant persons who will have a hard time paying for prenatal care, hospital delivery bills, and after birth care. 
  • Systems set up within schools that help pregnant teens stay in school while also being able to take care of and raise their child(ren.)

Things that will not lower abortion rates: 

  • Banning abortion and implementing laws that make it harder to get abortions. 
  • Limiting birth control access, making birth control harder for teens to get, making birth control more expensive, ect. 
  • Promoting abstinence only sex education. 
  • No communication between parents and sexually active teens. 
  • Schools that expel pregnant students. 
  • Incomplete/inaccurate sexual and reproductive health services for trans* individuals. 

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Lying about abortion: Accurate information without exception


But this part of the email [from Planned Parenthood] gave me pause:

“What would this law do? First, it will force doctors to lie to their patients. Despite a complete lack of evidence, state lawmakers will require doctors to tell women seeking to end a pregnancy that an abortion will increase their risk of breast cancer.

Even though this will create additional stress for women who are already making what is, for many, a difficult decision. Even if the woman seeking abortion is a victim of rape or incest, her doctor will lie to her about her risk of breast cancer on the orders of Kansas lawmakers.

Why does this upset me?  I and others on this blog, as well as on other blogs, have written recurrently about this concept of “exceptions” in abortion care, and how it ultimately works against us and against all women who need services.  The idea that giving misinformation to women who are survivors of rape or incest is somehow worse than giving misinformation to other people is ludicrous. […]

Our allies need to stop using language that reinforces the false dichotomy of “Good Abortions” and “Bad Abortions.”  By creating a separate “class” of women needing abortions (in this case, those who are victims of rape or incest; but women who have health problems or have non-viable pregnancies are often similarly singled out for “exceptional” status), Planned Parenthood is unintentionally validating a deeply-ingrained societal belief that some abortions are more justified, more necessary, even better than others.  The final effect is to strengthen the stigma and shame attached to abortion for all women.

[NB: more people than just cis women need and want access to abortion care and medically accurate information regarding abortion.]

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State-by-state guide to 2012 anti-choice laws



Don’t think it’s a war on reproductive rights? Check out THIS state-by-state guide to 2012’s anti-choice laws - so far.

Hello tumblr. I’m here to ruin your afternoon.

What a goddamn depressing link.



Teens in Toronto can now text their way to accurate sexual health information


Planned Parenthood Toronto launched a new text messaging service this spring that lets teens connect directly with trained peer volunteers for personalized answers to their sexual health questions.

A first in Canada, the text messaging service is targeted to youth aged 13-19 and provides reliable sexual health information directly to teens through their mobile phones. Teens can anonymously text questions about relationships, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, puberty, or other sexual health topics to 647-933-5399 and receive answers from peer volunteers.

A key feature of this new service is that it allows for back-and-forth text conversations between teens and peer volunteers. This means that teens have the opportunity to seek clarification if there’s anything they don’t understand or to ask further questions.

Hooray!  This is how we do our texting service, too, and we’re so glad to see something finally available for Canadian teens (where our mobile services won’t let us reach).  Go PP Toronto!

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Six Pregnancy Tests in One Week



I visited Christian pregnancy centers that lure women in with false promises of medical care. Here’s what they told me about abortions, breast cancer, shame, and death.

*Not  just  cis-women

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Abortion Protesters Target a Clinic Landlord's In-Laws


In-laws? Are you kidding me?

Abortion protesters who want to shut down a Maryland clinic have tried a pretty ridiculous new tactic that targets — get this — the in-laws of the guy who leases the building to a doctor.

Todd Stave’s in-laws came home to their Baltimore neighborhood Wednesday to find fliers up and down the street urging the shutdown of a women’s health clinic in Germantown that offers late-term abortions.

How do they ask for this? With high school yearbook photos of the landlord’s wife, Randi, along with the names, address and home telephone number of her parents. (Plus the usual bloody and graphic fetus photos.)

“What happened to your neighbor after she met and married Todd Michael Stave?” the flier said, in horror-movie letters dripping with blood.

Stave has been subjected to stuff like this his whole life. His father was a doctor who provided abortions in Maryland, and Stave grew up seeing protests and even a fire-bombing at the clinic.

Now, he owns the building and leases it toLeRoy Carhart, one of the few doctors in the nation to admit to performing late-term abortions.

Stave said he is totally fine with the protests near his clinic; that’s about freedom of speech. But after protesters marred back-to-school night and his daughter’s first day at middle school by marching with the huge, graphic photos and the home phone and address of the Stave family, he figured out a way to strike back. He assembled a group of supporters to call each of the protesters at home, flipping the script on the hundreds of phone calls he has endured in his family’s home.

In some cases, the protesters who harassed 11-year-olds at school got thousands of calls at their homes.”

Read the rest of the article!

Todd Stave is the same dude who founded and runs Voice of Choice

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