Sheriff Continues to Hamper Inmates’ Legal Access to Abortion
Courthouse News reports that “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio has been sued again, on charges
of unconstitutionally restricting the rights of inmates to have
abortions. Inmates in the Arizona prisons overseen by Arpaio say he:
charges up to $600, in advance, for
transportation and security to have an abortion, but does not charge at
all for transportation for other medical treatments, for court
appearances, funerals or to visit a dying relative.
Today, according to Courthouse News, inmates will ask a Maricopa County Court judge for summary judgment and
enforcement of a ruling that allows prisoners “timely, safe and legal
abortion care,” and to prohibit Arpaio from charging them to do so.
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demands that inmates who seek a first-trimester abortion pay a $300
deposit for security and transportation, and inmates seeking a
second-trimester abortion to pay a $600 deposit.
If any of
the money is left, Arpaio allegedly returns it, but if “the procedure
takes longer than expected … the inmate would have to pay defendants
any amount incurred above the deposit amount,” according to the
If any of the money is left? What does Joe do with the left over funds? Could ol’ Joe perhaps be benefitting financially from and exercising excessive control over the lives of his inmates? Just askin’.
Radio Series Seeks to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies in Iowa
A new initiative of the University of Iowa College
of Public Health will use radio programs as part of a larger project to reduce unintended pregnancies in Iowa, according to the Iowa Press-Citizen. The rate of uninintended pregnancy in Iowa among 18 to 30 year old
women is “quite high,” said UI associate research scientist Natoshia
Askelson. Among Hispanic women in that
age group, 50 percent to 60 percent of pregnancies are unintended,
The Iowa Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies includes a Spanish-language radio drama that follows the story of three women and their relationships. “La
Noche Te De Sorpresas” (“The Night Gives You Surprises”) airs on
Saturdays on four radio stations throughout the state — Davenport, Des
Moines, Council Bluffs and Waterloo. Following the 15 minute program
each Saturday, there is a 45 minute call-in show to connect the
listeners with doctors, pharmacists, nurses, family planning clinic
staff members and community organizations, said Shelley Campo Shelly Campo, associate professor at the College of
Public Health and a co-principal investigator of programs targetting both the Spanish-speaking and African American communities.
October 20th, 2009
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Press Citizen: Project hopes to reduce pregnancies
Nursing in Practice: More people using NHS contraception clinics
NZ Catholic: FPA applies for abortion licence
Washington Times: WETZSTEIN: Birth control seen as ‘green’
LA Times: Perotistas on the march
Japan Times: Abortion still key birth control
Catholic Online: Prolife through ‘a weird twist of fate’
October 19th, 2009
Courthouse News Service: Inmates Say Arpaio Violates Abortion Ruling
NARAL Pro-Choice Va.: A ‘Rust-y’ Record on Choice
Telescope: Keep teen access to birth control
York Daily Record: West Shore student free to wear anti-abortion T-shirt
Citizen Link: Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Key in Health-Care Debate
Opposing Views: Plan B Drug Proves Ineffective in Stopping Unwanted Pregnancy
Christian Post: Pro-Life Students on Over 3,000 Campuses to Go Silent
Hillsboro Times-Gazette: Tax dollars should not fund abortions
Hartford Courant: Abortions are down, use of contraceptives up
BBC News: Affair became bitter abortion battle
October 18th, 2009
Rhode Island’s Future: Dennigan makes the race about abortion