49 States trying to restrict reproductive rights

A catch up on women’s news: Planned Parenthood did not lose it’s federal funding (yay!), and apparently it is perfectly acceptable to lie in the Senate if you are trying to make a point (boo!).

“Not intended to be a factual statement,” was Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)’s repsonse when he was called out on his blatant lie about Planned Parenthood. Kyl said “If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does.” In reality, it is 3% (it was corrected in the Congressional Record).

Almost 40 years after Roe v. Wade was passed, why is a woman’s right to choose still up for debate? Anti-choice conservatives are furiously trying to make getting an abortion as difficult as possible. Slate reports that since the beginning of the year, 916 measures seeking to regulate reproductive health have been introduced in 49 (!) states. And by the end of March, 15 laws have been enacted in seven states. The proposals range from requiring counseling from “crisis pregnancy centers” to forcing women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion.

Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, explained that fear that Roe v. Wade might be overturned is preventing reproductive rights groups from fighting against these state bans, making it basically impossible for women (especially women who are poor, minorities or living in rural areas) to get abortions in states dominated by anti-choice conservatives — even though is it 100% legal to get an abortion. Make sure your representatives are voting for women’s rights — not against them. And join the Women’s Commitee (who recently held a service event at Planned Parenthood)!

The next meeting is May 9th at everyone’s favorite Starbucks (Park Avenue at 29th Street).

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