On this episode of Reality Cast, Amanda Marcotte interviews the author of a new book called Generation Roe. There’s a chance that family physicians will stop getting proper training in contraception in some programs, and a Lifetime reality show demonstrates the dangers facing girls with virginity-obsessed parents.

On this episode of Reality Cast, Amanda Marcotte interviews the author of a new book called Generation Roe. There’s a chance that family physicians will stop getting proper training in contraception in some programs, and a Lifetime reality show demonstrates the dangers facing girls with virginity-obsessed parents.

Abortion and access to contraception often get lumped with marriage equality as “social issues,” but there are reasons why they’ve played out differently. Take Portman’s own reasoning in his Op-Ed this morning: “We conservatives believe in personal liberty and minimal government interference in people’s lives. We also consider the family unit to be the fundamental building block of society. We should encourage people to make long-term commitments to each other and build families, so as to foster strong, stable communities and promote personal responsibility.” In other words, gay and lesbian people are joining what Portman considers to be, and has historically been, a conservative institution — much like the military, where they’d already been serving in secret. Although family planning used to be considered a conservative issue, there is still something more radical and terrifying about a woman not wanting to be a mother, or wanting to be a mother on her own terms. There will always be people who consider it the same as murder of a fully developed person in the world. There is still far more empathy for an embryo or fetus than for the living woman. What about Rob Portman’s daughter? - Salon.com (via dendroica)

(via dendroica)

70% of NYC teens who get pregnant drop out of school. Emergency contraception could fix this. Sign our petition if you agree that EC should be in our hands. 

70% of NYC teens who get pregnant drop out of school. Emergency contraception could fix this. Sign our petition if you agree that EC should be in our hands. 

Women’s health should always come before politics. Let’s get ourselves some EC access - sign the petition today.

Women’s health should always come before politics. Let’s get ourselves some EC access - sign the petition today.

Rio+20 Agreement Fails Women, and the World

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Written by Zonibel Woods for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

See all our coverage of Rio+20 here.

Brazil, a country that in the past has championed women’s human rights, including reproductive rights, at the global level, has failed women in both Brazil and the world over.

During meetings to finalize the Rio+20 document, Heads of State will adopt in the next few days at Rio+20, delegates agreed on a plan short on vision and big on compromises. After three days of long, drawn-out negotiations, marked with lack of clarity about the process, a document to be signed off by heads of government was presented. Quickly gaveled through by the Brazilian chair, one after another government thanked Brazil for facilitating this document and largely expressed how this was the best they could do. By all accounts, despite the attempts to spin the outcome as a success, this document is neither “the future we want” nor what future generations deserve. In an effort to get consensus at whatever cost, Brazil forgot Rio: the vision and commitments of the Rio Earth Summit held 20 years ago.

From the start of the negotiations, gender equality and women’s human rights, including reproductive rights, have continuously been challenged by a few governments, claiming that [these] had “nothing to do with sustainable development.”

Read the rest here.

#Prochoice.

#Prochoice.

Cuts to Title X? The Women of Miami County, Kansas Already Know What That Means
by Kari Ann Rinker

The stated intent of eviscerating Title X has been to divert funding to local health departments. Proponents stated that the contraceptive needs of low-income women can be satisfactorily met through these providers. For the women of Miami County, Kansas, that theory is already proving false. They’ve already experienced the cuts and been denied access to affordable contraception, as the result of a 3 to 2 vote by Miami County Commissioners to decline Title X money from the state. […]
One person held a sign that read ”Miami County, where women’s health care is controlled by farmers.”  The sign was commentary about Miami County Commissioner Pretz, who received $85,000 in farm subsidies… you know…”government money.”  Mr. Pretz cast a vote declining the Title X funds stating that he doesn’t believe taxpayers should be paying for contraceptives to be given out at the health department.

Cuts to Title X? The Women of Miami County, Kansas Already Know What That Means

by Kari Ann Rinker

The stated intent of eviscerating Title X has been to divert funding to local health departments. Proponents stated that the contraceptive needs of low-income women can be satisfactorily met through these providers. For the women of Miami County, Kansas, that theory is already proving false. They’ve already experienced the cuts and been denied access to affordable contraception, as the result of a 3 to 2 vote by Miami County Commissioners to decline Title X money from the state. […]

One person held a sign that read ”Miami County, where women’s health care is controlled by farmers.”  The sign was commentary about Miami County Commissioner Pretz, who received $85,000 in farm subsidies… you know…”government money.”  Mr. Pretz cast a vote declining the Title X funds stating that he doesn’t believe taxpayers should be paying for contraceptives to be given out at the health department.