The overwhelming majority of my generation rejects the Republican agenda. Four in five of us support expanded access to birth control for women who can’t afford it, and a solid two-thirds of us support LGBT marriage equality and the availability of abortion care, according to a new national poll of the millennial generation by the Public Religion Research Institute. I am taking that to the polls in 2012.
I am always struck by how those who seek and work actively to limit the rights and freedoms of groups of people based on race, class, sex, gender or sexual orientation somehow always see themselves as the victims.
There are so many surveys about abortion that it’s practically a cottage industry, but the newest – by The Public Religion Research Institute of Washington, DC – suggests intriguing and fresh approaches that can help advocates make a more compelling case.
Norway, where abortion is not politicized, has a better record than the United States with respect to teenage pregnancies and births, but also has a lower abortion rate—a reflection, among other things, of Norwegians’ better access to contraception, its comprehensive sex education policies, and its generally more mature attitude toward human sexuality.
Nearly 50 years after the landmark 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized family planning and the right to individual privacy in family planning decisions, women in the United States are battling to maintain their right to access birth control.
A Catholic group claims contraceptives kill women, children and marriage, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. Rather than refute preposterous claims, Planned Parenthood raised nearly $7,000 in response to protesters.
While Indiana’s anti-abortion Republicans (and a select few Democrats) dig in their heels, thousands of people who use Medicaid to pay for birth control, STD testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening and breast exams are at risk.
Today, there are over 200 million women in the developing world who want to prevent or delay pregnancy, but are not using any means of modern contraception. But the greatest tragedy is that this figure has not budged in nearly two decades.
In their zeal to attack Planned Parenthood, anti-choice activists pretend Planned Parenthood offered abortions to tornado victims, then scrubbed the article.
The Republican/Tea Party majorities in the House of Representatives are, literally, salivating at the prospect of cutting aid to the world’s poorest women.