Information here. (Thanks, Jender-Mom!)
Here at Feminist Philosophers, we love Margaret and Helen, two righteous old ladies who are continually tearing strips off anti-woman asshats. Today, they take John Boehner to task for invoking sex-selective abortion, and pretending to care about women. Writes Helen, “The Republican party caring about women? Margaret, that dog just don’t hunt.”
A sex-selective abortion is just the symptom. The actual problem is a sex-selective society where men like Boehner and other Republican leaders continue to make women second-class citizens. Many of the bill’s supporters have rejected equal pay for women and have tried to slash funding for programs that serve women and children.
And, speaking of “sex selection,” it bears observing how many of the bill’s supporters (Boehner included) are men — men who are on the whole getting way more airtime than women when the media turns its attention to women’s issues, as this useful, depressing graphic from 4th Estate makes all too clear:
The most egregious provision measures the gestational age of the fetus according to the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP), instead of the widely accepted post-fertilization age.
Calculating a pregnancy by the last menstrual period is often inaccurate due to the irregularity of menstrual cycles and the uncertainty of the exact point of fertilization. Doctors typically approximate pregnancies from the point of fertilization, which is up to two weeks after LMP. Implantation, or when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall, usually occurs a week after fertilization—three weeks from LMP.
So, when the Arizona legislature says no abortions after 20 weeks, they really mean about 18 weeks from fertilization and 17 weeks after implantation.
With this bill, Arizona is essentially redefining where life begins–to before conception. By that logic, whenever a woman has her period or is releasing an ovum into her fallopian tubes, she’s pregnant.
UPDATE: This is from here. And everyone in comments has made it very clear that the criticism above really isn’t a legitimate one. Moral of this story: don’t blog before coffee. It seems like a good idea. So efficient. But really, not a good idea at all.
“Unite Women”, a new non-partisan organization of women and men, has issued a call for a wave of marches and rallies across the U.S. (and on Facebook) on Saturday April 28, 2012.
The YouTube promo video has some great images of women protesting. Anyone got ideas for poster slogans?
Here’s the call:
Texas turned down $35 million in federal funds for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. This means that at least 300,000 low-income and uninsured women in Texas will have no access, or significantly reduced access, to basic reproductive health care.
A proposed bill in Arizona requires women to prove to their employers that they need birth control in order to treat a medical condition if they want their prescription to be covered by their insurer.
Pennsylvania and Texas require all women seeking a legal abortion undergo a medically unnecessary vaginal ultrasound probe, including rape victims. Pennsylvania’s governor suggests women “close their eyes” during the procedure.
Oklahoma passed a personhood amendment declaring a fertilized egg is a person, which could make birth control illegal and partial miscarriages unable to treat until the woman’s life is in danger.
Topeka, Kansas decriminalized domestic violence in late 2011, hoping to balance their budget.
Today, women pay up to 50% more than men for the same health coverage.
Being a woman is not a pre-existing condition.
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Help defend women’s rights and pursuit of equality. Join the movement all across the United States on April 28th, 2012, as we come together as one to tell members of Congress in Washington, DC and legislatures in all 50 states, “enough is enough.”
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I do not feel that it is reactionary or even inaccurate to describe an unwanted, non-indicated transvaginal ultrasound as “rape”. If I insert ANY object into ANY orifice without informed consent, it is rape. And coercion of any kind negates consent, informed or otherwise.
In all of the discussion and all of the outrage and all of the Doonesbury comics, I find it interesting that we physicians are relatively silent.
After all, it’s our hands that will supposedly be used to insert medical equipment (tools of HEALING, for the sake of all that is good and holy) into the vaginas of coerced women.
Fellow physicians, once again we are being used as tools to screw people over. This time, it’s the politicians who want to use us to implement their morally reprehensible legislation. They want to use our ultrasound machines to invade women’s bodies, and they want our hands to be at the controls. Coerced and invaded women, you have a problem with that? Blame us evil doctors. We are such deliciously silent scapegoats.
And then there’s a call for non-compliance.
Lots of papers are apparently refusing to publish this series, but we’ve got the web, so you can enjoy it wherever you are.
The awesome Constance Johnson (Oklahoma state senator) has proposed an amendment noting that “Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies”, and working to save these birth-deprived children.
I am so loving this trend.
Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.
The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.
A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health… Turner said if state policymakers want to legislate women’s health choices through measures such as House Bill 125, known as the ‘Heartbeat bill,’ they should also be able to legislate men’s reproductive health.
Turner’s bill tracks FDA guidelines which recommends doctors determine whether the root cause of men’s sexual disfunction is physical or psychological. She describes her bill as an effort to “legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb.”
For more go here.
OK, that one was from The Onion. But you weren’t sure till I said so, were you? Such is the state of reproductive politics in the US.