Ireland may soon have to offer abortions to women whose lives are threatened by pregnancy, abortion services will soon be offered in Witchita once again, Tony Perkins hates a bill put forth by the Democrats, and youth facilities now have more guidance on the sexual health needs of LGBTQ youth.
- A European court admonished the Irish government and ordered a payment of $20,000 to a woman forced to travel abroad for an abortion when her life was at risk. Although Irish courts ruled in 1992 that a woman whose life was in danger should be permitted to have an abortion in Ireland, the government has a law on the books from 1861 that says the woman and her doctor could be prosecuted for murder if it is later determined that her life was not, in fact, in jeopardy, leaving many doctors afraid to offer the procedure. Although the court “broadly upheld Ireland’s right to outlaw abortion in the overwhelming majority of cases because that law reflects ‘the profound moral values of the Irish people in respect of the right to life of the unborn,’” hopefully this recent ruling will lead to a law that offers a bit of compassion to women in the most dire of circumstances. The BBC also has a brief video of an Irish woman who traveled abroad to terminate her pregnancy.
- Two doctors will start providing abortions in Witchita, Kansas, sometime next year. Since the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the procedure has been unavailable. A spokesperson for one of the physicians said her clinic would not offer the late-term procedures that Dr. Tiller did.
- Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council smells abortion in the omnibus bill introduced in the Senate to keep the government. What’s got him so riled up?
The omnibus contains more than $1 billion in funding for programs initiated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the ObamaCare law that allows for abortion funding. It allocates $750 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund “slush fund” for a variety of programs that could lead to abortion funding.
It also includes a $175.9 million “adjustment” in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Program Management account to implement the massive Medicaid expansion and cuts to Medicare Advantage that could lead to rationing of health care.
Perkins explains, “Among other concerns, taxpayer funds could be used for abortions in D.C., $740 million would go toward international population control, and Title X funds would get a multi-million dollar boost.”
So, the bill includes money for the health care bill, which specifically says it does not fund abortion? And it will increase Medicaid (health care for the poorest of our citizens), yet it leads to a “rationing” of care? And, Tony, those taxpayer funds come from the RESIDENTS of Washington, DC — which doesn’t have a vote in Congress, by the way — and all other states have the option of electing to cover abortion for certain classes of women if they so choose. I think dude might be losing his touch.
- The Center for HIV Law and Policy has released a guide on the rights of youth in detention and foster care facilities as it pertains to their sexual health and safety. The first of its kind, the guide offers advice on “sexual medical care, sexuality education, and staff training on sexual orientation and the needs and rights of LGBTQ youth.”
- Court: Irish abortion ban violates women’s rights – Houston Chronicle
- Is Birth Control the Cheapest Answer to Climate Change? – Treehugger
- Court upholds right to some abortions – UPI.com
- Condom Ads Use Private School Tuition as Best Reason for Birth Control – DNAinfo
- FDA approval of faster screening procedure could lead to more HIV testing – Private MD
- Leaving Ireland for an abortion – BBC News
- Stop calling it sex education, please – Free Malaysia Today
- Effort supports HIV-AIDS patients while promoting safe sex – St. Louis American
- Sex ed update with ‘Net in mind – Boston Globe
- Senior-care providers face more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients … – Pioneer Press
- Milford protesters withstand cold to make their pro-life point – Milford Daily News
- YWCA marks 100 years of providing for women – Calgary Herald
- Doctors to offer abortions in Wichita – Kansas City Star
- Abortion laws put under spotlight – The Press Association
- Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion on Crowded Civil Rights Agenda – Gotham Gazette
- The Controversial Proposition 8 – “Do Ask Don’t Tell?” – News Simplified
- Olmsted Threatens Smackdown on Catholic Abortion Hospital – National Catholic Register (blog)
- Parents’ vital role in birds and bees lesson – AsiaOne
- China’s HIV/AIDS patients to get care – AsiaOne
- Senate Omnibus Bill Has Abortion Concerns, Approval Tanks – LifeNews.com
- Deal gives wider access to HIV treatment – Irish Times
- First guide on sexual health care rights for youth in state custody released – pride source.com
- Phil govt agrees to birth control guidance – CathNews Asia
- Manhattan Declaration iPhone App War Rages On – AOL News
- Elizabeth Edwards: The link between who we are and who we could be – The Independent Weekly
- David Boies Takes on Stephen Colbert – The Am Law Daily
- We are not giving HIV/Aids problem enough attention – Daily Monitor
- State board of education members at odds over sex-ed conference – Lawrence Journal World
- Rethinking How to Teach People About Healthy Sex – Campus Progress
- The Single-Sex Trick – Slate Magazine
- Project CRYSP forum tackles anti-LGBT hate – Windy City Times
- Chicago team responds to HIV-drug study – Windy City Times
- Is a Pill a Day for HIV Prevention Enough? – Chelsea Now
- AIDS is not an issue we can just ignore – Hudson Valley Press
- Lee Co. vs. Owsley Co. basketball to go pink – WYMT
- Parental Notification Law Takes Effect in Alaska – Ms. Magazine
- Church, gov’t agree on family planning – Journal Online
- It is not just violent clients who hurt sex workers – The Guardian
- Church softening on RH stand? – Malaya
- Abstinence Only, Version 2.0 – ScienceBlogs (blog)
- Cure for HIV? German doctors claim to have found treatment to cure virus – New York Daily News
- Study links increased BPA exposure to reduced egg quality in women – EurekAlert (press release)
- ’16 and Pregnant’ recap: There’s Nothing Wrong with Video Games – Entertainment Weekly
- Bishop threatens hospital’s Catholic ties over abortion ‘scandal’ – USA Today
- The Morning Plum – Washington Post (blog)
- Man cured of HIV after receiving stem cell transplant – Is the end of HIV near? – Examiner.com