Roundup: Supreme Court to Consider Pregnancy Discrimination, Karen Rayne Reviews “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”


Supreme Court to Consider "Second Generation of Pregnancy Discrimination"

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which treats discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and childbirth as unlawful sex discrimination, has been law for 30 years.  Now, the Supreme Court will decide whether workers who were pregnant prior to passage of the PDA are still protected by it when retiring, reports the National Law Journal.  The four women bringing the case all took maternity leave, then classified "personal leave," before the PDA was enacted, meaning their retirement is calculated with fewer "service credits" than had their maternity leave be considered disability leave.  The Supreme Court decision could affect 15,000 women.

Still No Link Between Mental Illness and Abortion

News that a comprehensive Johns Hopkins examination found no credible study had ever demonstrated a link between long-term mental health effects and abortion has been widely picked up across mainstream news outlets, but columnists such as Bonnie Erbe on US News and World Report cheered the news, too:

First, there was the widely discredited
claim that abortion raised breast cancer rates. Then, so-called
pro-lifers avowed that women who had abortions became profoundly
depressed afterwards. The list of myths propagated by right-wing
abortion foes goes on and on. Today, yet another claim fell prey to scientific accuracy.

Karen Rayne Reviews "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"

Dr. Karen Rayne, who runs the Adolescent Sexuality blog, has a lively and insightful review of "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" up on her site. Karen calls the movie "cute and funny" but identifies two major flaws: the film doesn’t portray any condom use, and it suggests an overly simplified, unrealistic view of sexual pleasure.  Writes Karen,

The integration of condoms into sex/fucking/lovemaking scenes in movies
has the potential to have a huge impact on teenagers’ and young adults’
safe sex practices.  After all, our society has given sexuality
education of our young people over to the movies and media, since the
education system and most parents aren’t willing or able to talk about
it…

And when will this constant barrage of social weight stop supporting
the ideas that (1) just because you’re in love, the sex will be
fabulous, and (2) vaginal intercourse alone should be orgasm-producing
for women?

 

Texas High School Students to Take "Paternity Awareness" Classes

In Texas, high school students will learn all about child support, "alleged" and "presumed" paternity, but won’t necessarily get comprehensive sexuality education around pregnancy prevention. Reports MySanAntonio

Starting this school year, health classes at all Texas public high
schools must teach a curriculum called Parenting and Paternity
Awareness, or p.a.-p.a., as required by a 2007 state law.

As part of the curriculum, students learn how to calculate child
support payments, as well as the costs associated with having and
raising a baby. They are also introduced to legal lingo, such as
“alleged” father and “presumed” father and are taught the process for
establishing paternity.

Says Dr. Janet Realini, president of Healthy Futures, a nonprofit focused
on preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy:

Children who have strong relationships, positive role
models and a sense of belonging in their community are less likely to
engage in risky behaviors, Realini said.

P.a.p.a. “gives lots of logical reasons, in terms of the
consequences of being a young parent, for young people to wait, but I
think what we need to understand is that it’s not all about logic,”
Realini said. “Human behavior is very complex and young people are
making decisions based on what they see in their lives, and what they
expect for their future, as well as the information that they have.”

 

California Woman Pleads Guilty to Practicing Medicine without a License

Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, reproductive health care clinic operator in San Diego, has plead guilty to nine counts of practicing medicine without a license, the LA Times reports

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    The review failed to include three new studies all showing abortion leads to significant mental health problems for women.

    Last week, Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, and her colleagues published a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research showing the link exists.

    The research team found induced abortions result in increased risks for a myriad of mental health problems ranging from anxiety to depression to substance abuse disorders.

    The number of cases of mental health issues rose by as much as 17 percent in women having abortions compared to those who didn’t have one and the risks of each particular mental health problem rose as much as 145% for post-abortive women.

    For 12 out of 15 of the mental health outcomes examined, a decision to have an abortion resulted in an elevated risk for women.

    “What is most notable in this study is that abortion contributed significant independent effects to numerous mental health problems above and beyond a variety of other traumatizing and stressful life experiences,” they concluded.

    Earlier this week, researchers at Otago University in New Zealand reported their findings in the British Journal of Psychiatry and found that women who have abortions have an increased risk of developing mental health problems.

    The study found that women who had abortions had rates of mental health problems about 30% higher than other women. The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders.

    Abortions increased the risk of severe depression and anxiety by one-third and as many as 5.5 percent of all mental health disorders seen in New Zealand result from women having abortions.

    A third study, from a team at the University of Queensland and published in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, found women who have an abortion are three times more likely to experience a drug or alcohol problem during their lifetime.

    The study showed that women who had experienced an abortion were at increased risk of illicit drug and alcohol use compared with women who had never been pregnant or who gave birth.

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    … were data dredges. They did not, in fact, find an actual causation between abortion and mental illness or substance abuse. In other words- women who were in circumstances that might cause them to become drug addicted or who had mental health issues that were untreated were more likely to be involved in an unhealthy relationship, have limited knowledge of contraception, or simply be poor without support. These same women were often having abortions in part due to their external circumstances. The abortions did not "cause" anything, they were one more symptom of the lack of opportunities for women to get assistance.

     From a personal standpoint, I myself have MDD/ bipolar. Having an abortion actually -helped- me, because at finding out i was pregnant at 15 I was suicidal. Afterwards, I was relieved. A data dredge that asked a group of women if they had depression, and also if they had an abortion, would show me as one of these "increased numbers" when in fact the depression and the abortion were completely unrelated events.