Women’s Health Wednesday (9/18)

Courtesy to educationvotes.nea.org

Courtesy of educationvotes.nea.org

Women’s Health Wednesday keeps you updated on what’s going on state by state where women are under attack by covering the latest studies, stories and statistics regarding women’s health.

UN Study: 1 in 4 Men in Southeast Asia Have Raped Women

According to a new UN Study, spanning six countries (Asia and Pacific) and two years, one in four men included in the study said they have raped someone at some point in their life. The study also shows that one in ten men have raped someone who wasn’t their romantic partner. On top of this, nearly half of the respondents who said they had raped at least once went on to rape multiple victims, 23 percent said they had raped two to three people, 12 percent say they had raped four to ten people, and about 4 percent said they had raped more than ten people. The UN study surveyed over 10,000 men from Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri LankaSome regional attitudes about sexuality in Southeastern Asia may contribute to the results that they gathered across those six countries, a ThinkProgress article that covered this story points out.

Read more statistics here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/10/2597861/united-nations-rape-study-asia/

 You Haven’t Heard of Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Have You?

Don’t feel guilty about never hearing of this case, because it’s been flying under the radar for quite some time now. Let’s give you a quick run down of what exactly this case is: In 2011, Oklahoma’s governor approved a state law that restricted the way that doctors could administer abortion-inducing medication. According toThinkProgress, the law requires doctors to follow the FDA’s strict protocol for administering the abortion pill, medically known as mifepristone, even though doctors say that protocol is now outdated by current medical standards. It doesn’t seem like a big issue, right? It’s just something simple to follow, am I right? There’s two problems with that logic: abortion opponents have had many victories at succeeding abortion from the rest of of reproductive health care, as if it’s not a legal, safe medical procedure; and restrictions on abortion access are often able to gain support because abortion opponents pretend as if they’re concerened about patient safety — just the opposite of what they’re concerned about. To cut to the chase: Oklahoma is basically asking for more clarification about why its state-level Supreme Court struck down the law. The Supreme Court added this case to it’s docket, and have asked the lower courts for more information on their ruling. If they’re in agreement with the state court ruling, they might dismiss the case and allow the lower decision to stand. If not, they’ll take up the case, which could be dangerous for women’s health.

For more information, read here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/11/2606261/supreme-court-abortion-explainer
Abortion At A Local Level: Albuquerque Abortion Ban Set For Mid-November

Ugh. Yes, I’m being serious. Abortion is becoming a local level issue. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Albuquerque City Council has scheduled a vote on a proposed 20-week abortion ban in the city for November 19 of this year. Since reproductive rights opponents secured the 12,091 petition signatures required to trigger an election, the city council has no choice but to put the proposed ordinance to a vote in a November 19 run-off election, which may or may not be necessary following an October 8 ballot for city mayor and six city council members, or conduct the vote by mail if there is no run-off, according to an RH Reality Check article.  The proposal has been named the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance”. Everyone should be keeping an eye on this issue.

Read more here: http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/09/17/albuquerque-abortion-ban-vote-set-for-november/

Emily Spangler

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