Roundup: Members of Arizona’s Women’s Health Commission Resign

Roundup: Members of Arizona’s Women’s Health Commission Resign

Emily Douglas

Two members of Arizona Commission on Women's Health resign; what do anti-choicers really believe about contraception?; federally-funded ad campaign to promote adoption of black children.

Two Members of Arizona Commission on Women’s Health Resign

Via the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report:
The Arizona Republic reports that two members of the Arizona Governor’s
Commission on Women and Children’s Health have resigned in objection to
the state’s new governor’s position on reproductive health.  Now that former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has gone to DC to head the Department
of Homeland Security and has been replaced by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer,
anti-choice bills passed by the state legislature are no
longer reliably blocked by gubernatorial veto.
Those resigning, Planned Parenthood Arizona
Chair Candace Lew and the organization’s President and CEO Bryan
Howard, wrote, says the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report:


"We cannot
continue — through our participation in the
commission — to endorse" the numerous policy positions the Brewer
administration has taken that "endanger women’s health," adding, "Since
you’ve taken office it has become clear that political priorities
outweigh women’s health priorities."

What Do Anti-Choicers Really Believe about Contraception?
On Slate,
Will Saletan looks at the anti-choice movement’s position on
contraception.  He offers an interesting comparison of the National
Right to Life Committee’s congressional scorecards, noting how they’ve
increasingly assessed positions of members of Congress not only on
abortion but on contraception and end-of-life issues.  He concludes,
"I’d like to think NRLC and DFLA are anti-abortion, not
anti-contraception. But when I look at them as Johnson would, ignoring
their stated motives and focusing instead on their records, I can’t
really defend them."

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Federally-Funded Ad Campaign to Promote Adoption of Black Children
USA Today
offers a piece on promoting the adoption of black children.  Black
children are disproportionately represented in foster care, USA Today

While blacks account for 15% of U.S. children,
they make up 32% of the 510,000 kids in foster care, according to a May
2008 report by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a private
research group. The report is based on 2006 data, the latest available.
It shows that black children in foster care, especially older ones, are
less likely than white ones to be adopted.

To help deal with that imbalance, a federally
funded ad campaign is to be unveiled today. It is aimed at encouraging
blacks to adopt from the foster care system. The ads will appear this
fall on radio, TV and in newspapers.

And, finally, the full Senate begins debate on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court today, the LA Times reports.


Other News to Note

August 3: News Ahead: BERLIN 2-4 Sep 2009 Population meeting a red flag for pro-life groups

August 3: Beliefnet: Abortion and Health Care: Did These Two Guys Figure it Out Yet?

August 3: Opposing Views: Rep. Tim Ryan Trying to Split Pro-Life Movement

August 3: Capital News: Kenya reports shortage of contraceptives

July 31: All Africa: Uganda: MPs Appeal on Excusable Abortion

August 3: Knox News: Anti-abortion group opposes Planned Parenthood facility in Bearden

August 3: Politico: Red-hot health care debate spills into August

August 3: HuffPo: Misleading Attacks on Women’s Health

August 3: Get Religion: The value of promiscuous sex

August 3: U.S. News & World Report: In Healthcare Debate, Subsidizing vs. Funding Abortion

August 3: Lake County News-Sun: Bean pushes child adoption bill

August 3: Times News: Family Research Council says abortions will trump care for the elderly in public plan, but it’s not part of any health care bill

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