Iowa’s personhood bill has passed the House; President Obama’s FY 2012 budget and women’s and girls’ health; a new kind of HIV vaccine; and Mississippi midwifery!
New Hampshire does not want to repeal its marriage law, Nebraska may increase family planning funding, the elimination of Title X, young moms need career support, and Republican use of abortion as political manipulation.
Nationally teen pregnancy rates have fallen and hit a new low in 2009. In contrast, Washington, D.C. teen pregnancy rates have continued to climb. In D.C., The Department of Health reports from 2005-2008, teen pregnancy rose from 852 to 1,082 pregnancies. Furthermore, teen pregnancy in Wards 7 and 8 account for over half of these pregnancies. Babies born to teen mothers in D.C. are more than likely to receive a form of public assistance. Of the families that receive the public assistance (DC Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), nearly 50% are teens. DC cannot continue to allow isolation of communities such as Wards 7 and 8 to determine the destiny of many teens and their families. Teen mothers especially in these communities are ill equipped to provide an environment for raising babies. DC must break the cycle of teen pregnancy and stop the generational dependence on public assistance.
What’s behind New York City’s abortion rate?; Virginia votes down a host of anti-abortion legislation; what’s behind the “nuisance” of a physician providing legal abortion care?; and more.
Teen birth rate in the U.S. continues to decline; former anti-abortion leader/Catholic excorcist accused of “inappropriate relations” with women; Florida “Choose Life” law may be re-written; new Lifetime show presents natural chidlbirth as moronic; and the battle over homosexuality all over Africa.
Personhood before pregnancy in North Dakota, Memphis pastor shames unwed parents, anti-choice groups are silent on the “forcible rape” bill, and Georgia looks to follow Nebraska on fetal pain.
One hundred and twenty girls in the Midland, TX school district–including one as young as twelve (!)–are in the family way so far this school year.
Oprah’s story of teen pregnancy and suicidal thoughts, emergency contraception in Ireland, SBA List scores the health care repeal, and the ACLU is doing what?
Earthquake that has not happened yet is pre-blamed on gay marriage, Lifesite.com wastes no time in calling Congresswoman Giffords a “pro-abort,” male circumcision may reduce spread of HPV, teen pregnancy in DC, a “gay hot potato,” and a beautiful tribute to the work of Planned Parenthood from an unlikely patient.
A more than two-thirds majority of voters–including those who voted for Republican/Tea Party candidates in the November 2010 election–strongly oppose the House Republican leadership’s declaration of war on women.