Tagged: unwanted pregnancies

Susan G. Komen’s Act of Cowardice 0

Susan G. Komen’s Act of Cowardice

By Amanda Marcotte  – Slate.com  |  Posted Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at 6:24 PM ET In a shocking move Tuesday afternoon, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the country’s most famous breast cancer charity, pulled its grants for breast-cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood. Komen claims that their reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation from Congress, but as it’s well-understood on both the left and the right that the investigation, headed by Rep. Cliff Stearns, is a nuisance investigation that will almost surely turn up nothing, this excuse sounds lame indeed. The likelier explanation is the one offered by Planned Parenthood, that Komen caved under...

39 years of Roe v. Wade: Here’s to many more 0

39 years of Roe v. Wade: Here’s to many more

I wrote this post as part of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 2012 “Blog for Choice Day” – click the link for more entries. On Friday I attended the St. Louis Freedom of Choice Council‘s celebration of the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The theme was “4000 Years of Choice,” and it made a salient point: though abortion has been legal in the U.S. since only 1973, abortion is not something new. Women have been ending pregnancies for as long as we have been getting pregnant. Regardless of its legal status, women will have abortions. Part of why Roe was (and is)...

Obama Administration Guarantees Near-Universal Contraceptive Coverage 0

Obama Administration Guarantees Near-Universal Contraceptive Coverage

Fantastic news today: the Obama Administration has ensured that most all employers will have to offer insurance plans that cover birth control! Per the news release from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services: “the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA-approved forms of contraception.” [emphasis mine] Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at American Progress, guest blogging for ThinkProgress: Today, in a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services...

Kathleen Sebelius Pressed On Plan B Decision By 14 Democratic Senators 0

Kathleen Sebelius Pressed On Plan B Decision By 14 Democratic Senators

by Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post Fourteen Democratic senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), sent the Obama administration a letter  on Tuesday asking for the scientific basis behind its decision to limit access to emergency contraception. Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejected  the Food and Drug Administration’s conclusion that the Plan B One-Step pill was safe enough to be placed on pharmacy shelves without an age limit. The decision raised eyebrows because HHS has never before overruled the FDA on a drug recommendation. Many reproductive rights groups openly questioned whether the Obama administration was putting electoral politics above sound...

Obama’s Woman Problem 0

Obama’s Woman Problem

This past week HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius disagreed with the FDA’s decision – as did President Obama –  to approve over-the-counter emergency contraception (Plan B) for girls under 17. “The president shamefully uses his daughters to justify limiting the healthcare options of America’s young women” by Rebecca Traister – Salon.com    When will Barack Obama learn how to talk thoughtfully about women, women’s health and women’s rights?  Apparently, not today. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius unexpectedly overruled  the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation that emergency contraception be sold on drugstore shelves and made available without a prescription to...