Why yes! It’s another “Round the Country” roundup, followed by a healthy dose of “I told you so’s!”
Alaska is in the process of putting a parental notification law on the ballot for the next election. A court order challenging it was a right to privacy violation was overruled, although the ballot initiative summary will state that it is a limitation of current freedoms.
Nebraska made big headlines yesterday for passing the Abortion Fetal Pain Act through judiciary committee, despite the possible unconstitutional nature of the act. Less noticed was the other bill passed, stating that a woman must undergo a mental health evaluation before having an abortion. Interestingly enough, it appears that the evaluator gets to decide if the woman should have the abortion or not.
LB594 would require that women seeking abortions be screened for factors that could increase the risk of a negative reaction to the procedure. Those would include a perception the mother was coerced to have an abortion or that she has negative moral beliefs about abortion.
I can’t help but wonder who is doing the evaluations, what their perceptions on abortion are, and how they get to determine “risk factors,” especially the “negative moral beliefs about abortion.” Many women are pro-life until they are faced with her own unintended or non-viable pregnancy.
In Kentucky, anti-choice politicians have now killed three bills that would have provided additional healthcare or financial support for the poor, elderly, sick, or children. Each bill was voted down because anti-choice legislators attached a mandatory ultrasound bill onto it. Once again, politicians put their desire to control women’s bodies over the need to care for real people.
South Carolina faces the same issue, where zealous politicians are have actually held up the state budget to try to remove funds for abortion in the case of incest, rape or mother’s health. There were six abortions that fell into that category last year.
Finally, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will likely learn what the phrase “pennywise, pound foolish” means, as he dramatically reduces the budget for family planning services in his state.
In this instance, it seems Christie’s socially and fiscally conservative views may have come together as the governor, who opposes abortion, cut state expenses and eliminated a program long criticized by antiabortion groups.
Michele Jaker, executive director of the Family Planning Association of New Jersey, said the cut could cost clinics federal dollars and would result in more unwanted pregnancies. She said studies had shown that every $1 spent on family planning saved taxpayers $4 in other costs.
“It makes absolutely no sense fiscally,” Jaker said. “Because of that, I can only think that it’s a social-policy decision, and it’s clearly out of line with what most New Jerseyans want or expect.”
The family-planning agencies provide gynecological care, screenings for breast and cervical cancer, contraception, care for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV tests, sometimes at no cost to needy patients, Jaker said. Some provide abortions, but he said state and federal funding had not been used for that procedure.
Mini Roundup: Go figure! Universal healthcare DOES reduce abortions, and having available access to contraception does NOT make you more likely to get pregnant, have STI’s, etc (although you’d never know it from the article’s headline).
March 17, 2010
Driver pleads guilty in crash that killed twin fetuses – Brattleboro Reformer
California candidate for governor aims to reduce abortions, thinks Prop. 8 … – Catholic News Agency
Scientologists reject claims they forced abortions – Sydney Morning Herald
abortion a racist plot? -Atlanta Journal Constitution
SC legislators reject rape, incest abortion ban – BusinessWeek
Abortion ballot initiative survives challenge – Alaska Dispatch
Pro-Choice Caucus Pretending To Study Senate Bill – Firedoglake
Stupak Ally in House Approves Senate Abortion Restrictions – New York Times
SKorean women caught in abortion limbo – The Associated Press
SC Legislature Overturns Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban – Ms. Magazine
Pro-Life Catholics For Health Insurance Reform – Atlantic Online
Democrats Cite 2 New Pledges as They Press Health Bill – New York Times
Fr. Pavone Mobilizes Clergy to Oppose Obamacare – DFW Catholic
Senators will debate abortion bill – Lincoln Journal Star
SC Legislature Overturns Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban -Ms. Magazine
NJ Governor Chris Christie Proposes Elimination of Funding for Family Planning– Christian News Wire
Dems Move Forward With ‘Deem And Pass’ Strategy; Some Dem. Holdouts Express … – Kaiser Health News
NOW backs Stupak challenger – Politico
Why is Senate hiding from Hyde? – Washington Post
A Second-Rate Health Care Bill – Progressive.org
GOP still pushing anti-abortion efforts – Louisville Courier-Journal
Pregnant male fish can choose abortion – msnbc.com
Anti-abortion Democrat Kildee says he will vote yes on health care bill – Washington Post
Nuns, pro-life congressman come out for health care – Seattle Post Intelligencer
Harper’s G8 “maternal health” plan: 0 for 3 and counting – Macleans.ca
Is Stupak Backing Off of ‘Abortion Economics-Eugenics’ Charge? – Politics Daily
A Broader View of Health Care – New York Times
March 18, 2010
Anti-abortion Rep. Kildee backs health bill – The Detroit News
New sex-ed bill in England draws ire of Catholic leader– Catholic News Agency
Lipinski says he’ll flip health vote over abortion – Southtown Star
Massachusetts Study: Health Care Reform Reduced Abortions – Politics Daily
Lawmakers return to abortion debate – Jacksonville Daily News
Put family planning on agenda – Edmonton Journal
Family planning a big loser in N.J. budget | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/18/2010 – Philadelphia Inquirer
Every 9½ minutes, someone in the US is infected with HIV – The Xavier Herald
U of M researchers zero in on HIV vaccine – Winnipeg Free Press
HIV Infections on a Rampant Rise While Fresh AIDS Cases Decline – TopNews United States
Midwives, doctors achieve same results – Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Prenatal care for some in Neb. nixed – North Platte Telegraph
Liberty Times: Can a slogan boost childbirth? – Focus Taiwan News Channel