VIDEO: Ballot Initiatives? Watch Amber’s, Angela’s and Laura’s Stories

Amie Newman

Need yet more proof that the ballot initiatives in Colorado, South Dakota and California this election season are anti-women's health? Watch the real life stories of these three women unfold on video.

We’ve got an extensive feature up on the front page today examining the three anti-choice statewide initiatives on the ballot this year in California, South Dakota and Colorado. From bestowing full human rights onto fertilized eggs to outright banning of all legal abortion, anti-choice advocates seem intent on endangering the lives of women and their babies at any cost.

What may be most disheartening is that these kinds of laws, in other states, have already endangered womens’ lives and health – yet few seem to be listening. National Advocates for Pregnant Women have released this video about three women, mothers, whose stories must be told. 

It’s six minutes long and every minute is worth watching:

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(VIDEO) Cecile Richards on Today’s House Vote Defunding Planned Parenthood: “We Need You Today, Tomorrow and the Next Day..”

Jodi Jacobson

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, puts out a call for action.

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood.

Since the first day they took office in January, the GOP and Tea Party majority in Congress have been focused like a lazer beam on one thing: eliminating access for women and in fact all people to have affordable health care, and particularly to reproductive and sexual health care. The main target of this effort in terms of rhetoric has been Planned Parenthood Federation of America, but in truth this is a war waged on all of us, and particularly on low-income women and children, many of whom depend on publicly funded clinics for primary preventive care.

The vote in favor of the Pence Amendment was 240-185 with at least 10 Democrats voting for the amendment, and seven Republicans voting against it. The final roll call vote was not available at the time of this writing, but among the Democrats who voted to defund PPFA were Congressmen Dan Boren (OK), Joe Donnelly (Indiana), Jerry Costello (Illinois), Dan Lipinski (Illinois), Mike McIntyre (North Carolina), Collin Peterson (Minnesota), Nick Rahall (West Virginia), Silvestre Reyes (Texas), Mike Ross (Arkansas), and Heath Shuler (North Carolina). See anything in common? Yep. They’re all men.  And many of them also remain cosponsors on bills that seeks to further decimate your rights.

See our series by Sarah Jaffe on the #HR3 Ten, the anti-choice Democrats who are voting to take away your health care.

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Each one of these men apparently bought into and perpetuated the charade that this was a discussion about federal funding of abortion. Which it was not.  It was about eliminating federal funds that pay for cervical cancer and breast cancer screenings, for testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and for many primary preventive care services to which, without Planned Parenthood, millions of people will not have access. 

The next step on this is the Senate and do not be complacent because there are NO guarantees that the Senate will in fact stick up for women’s health and rights.  Senator Harry Reid is anti-choice, and as I write the White House is deep in negotiations to get yet another anti-choice Democrat, Tim Kaine, to run for the Senate in Virginia.  Moreover, Obama gave it all away in health reform.

So now, we have one choice, and that is to take action. As Cecile Richards says in the video below, it is time, right now to act.

Morning Roundup: (VIDEO) Oprah’s Teen Pregnancy

Beth Saunders

Oprah's story of teen pregnancy and suicidal thoughts, emergency contraception in Ireland, SBA List scores the health care repeal, and the ACLU is doing what?

Oprah’s story of teen pregnancy and suicidal thoughts, emergency contraception in Ireland, SBA List scores the health care repeal, and the ACLU is doing what?

  • Oprah Winfrey shares her personal experience of teen pregnancy at age fourteen in a powerful CNN interview. In it, she tells of her plans of suicide before the baby was born. Her child died at the hospital, which she calls her “second chance.”
  • Boots Pharmacy in Ireland has announced it will begin selling emergency contraception under a blanket prescription. While objectors include those who believe Ireland would “cease to be one of the last outposts of moral society,” the main objectors are physicians who, the pharmacy says, are upset they will be losing office visit fees.
  • Susan B. Anthony List has determined that the health care repeal vote, happening soon in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be a test of anti-choice bona fides. If you vote against repealing the law, you’re pro-abortion! Nevermind all the pre-existing condition eliminations, benefits, and positive changes that the law brings about – the bill that doesn’t fund abortion whatsoever needs to really not fund abortion.
  • Human Life International says the ACLU is trying to impose known carcinogens on “unsuspecting women” and force the government to pay for it. Kind of sounds like the plot of a spy movie. What is the ACLU actually doing? Urging the government to fund contraceptive coverage for women.

Jan 17