Groups may not just have ideological reasons to push adoption - there’s also financial reasons

If reproductive justice is about freedom from coercion and the ability to make affirmative choices with appropriate and sufficient resources, the adoption industry deserves all the attention those in the movement can give it.

That means, in some cases, going up against adoption agencies that have not only an ideological investment in increasing adoptions, but a financial one. In 2012, Midwest-based Bethany Christian Services took in $82 million from adoption fees, investments, contributions, and “reimbursement for children’s services,” while Texas’ Gladney Center for Adoption reported over $37 million in net assets for the same year.

These agencies do all they can to ensure that women who consider adoption follow through on their plans. Gladney offers a kind of all-expenses-paid new-wave maternity home for women considering adoption, while Bethany places pregnant women in private homes with families who encourage them not to change their minds. Critics say this separation from family and social networks engenders a sense of isolation and helplessness, prompting those facing unplanned pregnancies to feel reliant on adoption agencies and indebted to them for support. In return, they may feel obligated to relinquish their babies despite their misgivings.

Read the whole piece here.

Over 50 clinics in the United States have closed in just 3 years. Anti-choice laws are having a a grave impact on access to abortion.
Anti-Abortion Laws Take Dramatic Toll On Clinics Nationwide
[h/t NARAL]

Over 50 clinics in the United States have closed in just 3 years. Anti-choice laws are having a a grave impact on access to abortion.

Anti-Abortion Laws Take Dramatic Toll On Clinics Nationwide

[h/t NARAL]

Anti-Choicers Trying to Drum Up Anti-Girl Scout Sentiment Again 

Now there’s a new website to help conservative parents seeking to know more about how local chapters are connected to pro-choice organizations called My Girl Scout Council.
“I wish a resource like this had been available when I was first contemplating my own daughter’s Girl Scout membership,” Ann Saladin explained to LifeSiteNews. “I had no idea that her membership, and the financial contributions solicited through her council, were supporting the international scouting organization, WAGGGS, which aggressively pushes for sexual and reproductive health and rights for girls around the world while representing its 10 million members.”

how terrible!

Anti-Choicers Trying to Drum Up Anti-Girl Scout Sentiment Again

Now there’s a new website to help conservative parents seeking to know more about how local chapters are connected to pro-choice organizations called My Girl Scout Council.

“I wish a resource like this had been available when I was first contemplating my own daughter’s Girl Scout membership,” Ann Saladin explained to LifeSiteNews. “I had no idea that her membership, and the financial contributions solicited through her council, were supporting the international scouting organization, WAGGGS, which aggressively pushes for sexual and reproductive health and rights for girls around the world while representing its 10 million members.”

how terrible!

For many of us it’s always seemed the threats to our rights were constantly looming, even in moments of victory the opposition was omnipresent—chipping away slowly at our rights until they completely eliminate them. Now, what was always a bad situation has become a catastrophe.
 
Let’s be candid about what 2013 has brought so far. It’s a war on women targeted to those most at-risk: the women with the fewest personal resources are pushed furthest toward the brink.


By gutting funds for family planning, Medicaid, cervical and breast cancer prevention, maternity care and infant and child health resources, the radical right is not simply reducing but eliminating access to safe abortion care as well as all forms of primary and preventive health care critical to the health of women, infants, and children 
 
We’re hearing about stories of women going to the edge literally just to access care: unable to access reliable contraception; risking their lives with pills doled out at flea markets; fleeing the country to get an abortion. In short, they are being forced to endanger their own lives and their families’ future in the process of getting basic health care, and to make profoundly personal choices about whether and when to bear a child.

Tell us about your experience accessing reproductive health care and what it means for your life and your community.
For many of us it’s always seemed the threats to our rights were constantly looming, even in moments of victory the opposition was omnipresent—chipping away slowly at our rights until they completely eliminate them. Now, what was always a bad situation has become a catastrophe.
 
Let’s be candid about what 2013 has brought so far. It’s a war on women targeted to those most at-risk: the women with the fewest personal resources are pushed furthest toward the brink.
By gutting funds for family planning, Medicaid, cervical and breast cancer prevention, maternity care and infant and child health resources, the radical right is not simply reducing but eliminating access to safe abortion care as well as all forms of primary and preventive health care critical to the health of women, infants, and children 
 
We’re hearing about stories of women going to the edge literally just to access care: unable to access reliable contraception; risking their lives with pills doled out at flea markets; fleeing the country to get an abortion. In short, they are being forced to endanger their own lives and their families’ future in the process of getting basic health care, and to make profoundly personal choices about whether and when to bear a child.

Tell us about your experience accessing reproductive health care and what it means for your life and your community.

There is a larger theme of the anti-choice movement that the Texas decision really brings to the forefront: The profound commitment to unfairness and inequality that holds the anti-choice movement together. It’s unfair to Texans, unfair to lower income women, and unfair to taxpayers. — Amanda Marcotte, New Texas Law Unfair, Increases Inequality