Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) is anti-abortion. One would expect her to state her opposition during debates, and rallies, and on her website. She took it a few steps over the line when talking about abortion at a Catholic school assembly full for first- through eight-graders.
Schmidt’s spokesperson, Bruce Pfaff, said that she was discussing the connection between moral issues and legislation.
“One of the examples she came up with was abortion,” he said. “She received a follow-up question, which she answered consistent with Catholic teaching.”
Her talk prompted the principal to send home a letter to parents that read, in part:
“Unexpectedly, towards the end of her address, Congresswoman Schmidt brought up the topic of abortion, and I am writing you to make you aware of this. Your children may come home with questions, especially if this is a topic that has not been broached in your home. I do not recall the exact words she used, but she paused towards the end of her speech and stated that this would be the only time when she would be ‘political’ in her address. She defined abortion as the taking of a child’s life in the mother’s womb. She indicated that abortion involves the killing of a child before it is born. She was not graphic or any more detailed in this regard. Later, when a child asked about it, she indicated that an abortion is something that a doctor does when a mother requests this. It was not a particularly long segment of her address (1½ minutes or so), and these words may not match the exact words she used, but this description does, I believe, express what your child heard. Her point was to address the increase of governmental activity in the abortion issue and her political resolve to fight against this.”
If only. It would be great if Jean Schmidt rallied to keep the government out of a woman’s decision to have an abortion.
In other (older) student news, college activists are fired up about birth control. At Harvard, students organized a kickoff for their Campus Contraceptive Campaign.
Organized by Harvard Students for Choice, the event marked the start of a nationwide push for free contraceptive access for all women under the new federal health care reform—a goal that would effectively eliminate all co-pays for birth control.
Leah Reis-Dennis ’13, a member of the Students for Choice board, said that Harvard students are already working to get the movement off the ground.
“It’s up to us to use our position of privilege as students at Harvard, a university with so many resources, to stand up for our reproductive rights, as well as the rights and health of women who aren’t in a position to advocate for themselves,” she said.
And from the Badger Herold – University of Wisconsin-Madison’s student paper – a columnist warns others that if they don’t want the state’s highest official to “affect the way all sorts of hook-ups would go down on campus” they should not vote for Scott Walker for governor.
Imagine walking into a pharmacy to fill a birth control prescription that you’ve been filling regularly for months; it’s become routine. Now imagine getting to the pharmacy counter only to have the pharmacist tell you, “I’m sorry, I refuse to fill that prescription for you because I don’t believe in birth control.”
Not only would that situation be mildly awkward, but more importantly, that pharmacist would be denying women their basic right to plan for their own future. Plus, women are prescribed birth control for a number of reasons. It is not up to the pharmacist to decide what is best for each woman’s individual health. Currently in Wisconsin, this kind of denial of rights is illegal, but if Wisconsin elects Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker, guaranteed access to birth control could be a thing of the past.
While in the state Legislature, Scott Walker supported a bill that made it OK for any pharmacist to deny a woman access to birth control.
Mini-Roundup: A Catholic priest is scheduled to give a talk tomorrow that might criticize the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ position on abortion law, and the bishops are not happy about it.
- MSNBC Documentary Recounts Murder Of Abortion Provider Tiller – Medical News Today (press release)
- Global warming, reproductive rights: Dino Rossi wrong for Washington – Examiner.com
- Pro-Life or just Pro-Fetus? – Africana Online (blog)
- Culver has respect for women’s rights – DesMoinesRegister.com
- Ohio billboard case on abortion funding in health care law advances – Catholic News Agency
- Candidates debate abortion, budget – Times Daily
- Babies increase mothers’ brain sizes – Yale Daily News
- Priest’s abortion lecture at SMU draws Dallas bishop’s attention – Dallas Morning News
- Terrorizing Doctors: Maddow Documents “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” – Care2.com (blog)
- Students Campaign for Birth Control – Harvard Crimson
- School board hopeful has new focus – Washington Post
- Teens have right to consent to services – without parents’ OK – Times Herald-Record
- Reproductive rights are not up for debate – Ottawa Citizen
- Coast clinics support Pap Awareness Week – Coast Reporter
- Hold judge accountable for decisions – Anchorage Daily News
- Walker’s dangerous birth control policy – UW Badger Herald
- Activism beyond voting – UND The Dakota Student
- Controversial Anti-Abortion Initiative On Next Year’s Ballot – WJTV
- Teen pregnancy fad misleads youth – The Reflector online
- Schmidt talks abortion to kids – Cincinnati.com
- Teen pregnancy prevention – KXAN.com
- ‘Daddy’ rapist gets jail, caning – Straits Times
- Strides made in teen pregnancy – Richmond County Daily Journal
- Nonprofit to share teen pregnancy prevention message with boys and girls – Baltimore Sun
- Change in Texas’ stance on teen pregnancy needed – Hilltop Views
- Abortion Docs Decry “Wanted” Posters as Bait – CBS News
- Garlick, O’Leary debate at League of Women Voters forum – Needham Times
- Bayelsa gov’s wife to support breast cancer detection – Vanguard
- Why the Porn Industry’s HIV Problem Is Our Problem, Too – Huffington Post
- Meek: “I Care About That AIDS Patient” – SouthFloridaGayNews.com
- Prop 8 Challengers Hoping for ‘Maximum Impact’ – SouthFloridaGayNews.com
- Where do anti-abortion protesters get those grisly photos? – Brian Palmer … – Slate Magazine
- Anti-abortion group dumps documents, charges corruption – Iowa Independent
- Court Rules that Mississippi’s Personhood Initiative Will be on 2011 Ballot – Lifesite
- Anti-abortion group backs Miller – Anchorage Daily News
- Anti-Choice Protesters Demonstrate at Abortion Conference in Spain – Ms. Magazine
- Human services professor to research HIV/AIDS and fertility desires during … – The Pendulum
- African drama raises HIV/AIDS awareness – CNN International
- YouTube ban Missy Reilly Smith’s graphic anti-abortion adverts – Daily Mail
- ‘Birth control moisturizer’ could replace pills and the side effects – DVICE
- Male clinics seek attitude change to check HIV spread – Business Daily Africa
- ‘The divorce program': gendered experiences of HIV positive mothers enrolled … – 7thSpace Interactive (press release)
- In “Manly” Midterms, Vote Like a Girl – Huffington Post
- The halting progress of a vaccine that stops cancer – National Post
- Naomi Cahn: The Womancession – Capitol Hill Blue
- Top Ten Most Murderous States for Women Killed by Men – Huffington Post
- Why big families are ‘damaging Australia’ – Herald Sun
- The campaign for a Colorado amendment disturbingly compares abortion to slavery. – Slate Magazine
- Let's Talk About Sex: Q&A on the Racial Split in Abortion and Sexual Health – The Portland Mercury (blog)
- Gay Brooklyn Suicide Brings Young Black LGBT Tragedies to Three – QS
- Sestak Voted Against Amendment to Prevent Federal Funding of Abortion — But … – DFW Catholic
- Loose Lips Daily: Back Taxes Edition – Washington City Paper (blog)
- Pa. contest may reveal how parties will fare in midterm elections – Bellingham Herald
- Female Condom Not Sexy, Claim Women – RadioVop
- ‘Conditions’ for birth control dialogue cited – CathNews India
- Businesses support birth control – Straits Times
- Big families hurt nation – Herald Sun