In another example of an attorney general using his office to attempt to push an anti-choice agenda, the Texas A.G. has just announced that pre-recorded messages and conference calls prior to a woman’s appointment for an abortion no longer acts as informed consent.
Via the Dallas News:
Attorney General Greg Abbott in one of two opinions released Friday said that prerecorded announcements used by some abortion clinics to tell women about the dangers of the procedure are probably insufficient under Texas’ informed consent law.
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Rep. Frank Corte, an anti-abortion Republican from San Antonio, who requested both opinions in January, asked the attorney general whether the Texas Department of State Health Services had properly interpreted “a key provision” of informed consent law. Corte spokeswoman Kathi Seay said the majority of abortion clinics have prerecorded messages that give information to women who are seeking abortions, which was not the original intent of the law.
An abortion rights advocate said even in places where prerecorded messages were used, a doctor still met with all patients to discuss the procedure.
The law requires a woman seeking an abortion to be given written information about the facility, the doctor and the procedure and alternative pregnancy support.
Seay said that the opinion disallowing informational prerecorded messages will help women be adequately informed about their decision to have an abortion.
“We are delighted with the results of that request because that was the legislative intent,” Seay said. “The abortion providers, rather than giving informed intent in person, do not allow a girl to have an interaction beforehand.”
The mandate that women must listen to a doctor in person prior to a waiting period for an abortion shows that the true intent of the law isn’t to make sure a woman is properly “informed,” but to be sure that she has to spend more time in pursuit of accessing her abortion, including loss of wages and other costs associated with two separate visits. And the use of the term “girl” in the spokeswoman’s response proves exactly how paternalistic these regulations truly are intended to be.
In Michigan, a local Health Agency Board has voted to not renew leases on four Planned Parenthood locations, based on “resident concerns.”
From the Sturgis Journal:
Before voting at Thursday’s meeting, the board listened for two hours to comments both for and against the presence of Planned Parenthood.
It was standing-room-only for the crowd of more than 100.
County deputies and a state police officer were in both the conference room and the hall, where some of the audience members waited.
Mary Collins of Sturgis spoke first and offered commissioners a letter of interest from InterCare, a health service provider.
She had contacted other providers as well.
“I had hoped to have all their letters of intent with me this morning,” Collins said.
“But while I was unable to meet that deadline and did not receive everyone’s letter, this does not mean there is no interest. As soon as I have their letters, I will forward them on to you.”
Renee Davis of Kalamazoo, director of operations for Planned Parenthood, told commissioners that without offices in the four locations, women will have no other option for the health care and family planning services.
Nearly 20 people, addressed the commissioners with 75 percent being against Planned Parenthood’s presence because the company is also an abortion provider.
Finally, are you anxiously waiting to see if your birth control will be covered by the new health care reform bill? Slate says keep waiting.
Finally, the day has come when all new insurance plans are required to cover preventive health care without any co-payments or deductibles. But despite reassurances from Congress and the White House that birth control would be covered under health reform, it didn’t make the list of essential preventive services. Instead, all anyone could promise was a future “study.”
Comissioned by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the study is supposed to determine whether contraception is, in fact, a preventive health service. Allowing a year for the research, which is due next August, then additional time to issue new regulations, and, after that, a year in which insurers will have to comply with new regulations, it’ll be at least 2012 before women can get birth control without a hefty co-pay. 2013 is more likely.
September 27, 2010
- Sex ed bill likely issue in 2011 – Hattiesburg American
- HIV treatment is costly, especially for the sickest patients1 hour ago – Aidsmap
- U.S. FDA Approves New Oral Contraceptive That Also Raises Folate Levels – PR Newswire (press release)
- Hear Them Growl – Newsweek
- Study: Abortion Not Linked With Teen Depression And Low Self-Esteem – AHN | All Headline News
- China to Stick With One-Child Policy ‘In the Coming Decades’ – 2point6billion
- Divorced from reality in the Philippines – Asia Times Online
- Researchers: Young Girls Undergoing Abortion Do not Suffer from Depression – TopNews United Kingdom
- Blogs Comment On New Emergency Contraception, GOP ‘Pledge,’ Other Topics – Medical News Today (press release)
- Family Planning Program for Reducing High Population in West Jakarta – BeritaJakarta.com
- Pledge to end abortion funding wars – Waterbury Republican American
- Letters: No tax-funded abortions – Sioux Falls Argus Leader
- NJ Budget Cuts Cause Several Family Planning Centers To Close – Medical News Today (press release)
- Depression not linked to teen abortion – UPI.com
- Sex ed bill likely offering in 2011 – Jackson Clarion Ledger
- Maternal and child health – DAWN.com
- Philippines to provide birth control despite church ban – AFP
- When left untreated, chlamydia becomes more serious – Chicago Daily Herald
- Returning To The Argument: Can Health Reform Reduce Costs? – Kaiser Health News
- Oklahoma teen pregnancy rates increase – Muskogee Daily Phoenix
September 26, 2010
- MTV shows pregnancy as far from glamorous – Central Florida Future
- It’s time to include sex education in school curriculum: IDI – Jakarta Post
- Fruits, vegetables prevent invasive cervical cancer – Food Consumer
- Alan Grayson Opponent Challenged By Local Media On Opposition To Abortion … – Huffington Post
- CDC: 20% of Gay Men Are HIV-Positive, But Nearly Half Don’t Know It – TIME
- China’s one-child policy turns 30 – The Age
- Planned Parenthood head deals with ‘the talk’ – Dailyrecord.com
- Abortion does not make teens depressed – Times of India
- In contraception, the US is far behind the developing world – Baltimore Sun
- Putting Empowerment of Women and Girls on the Human Agenda – Huffington Post (blog)
- Abortion an issue in Senate races – TMCnet
- FVL Schools to host presentation on God’s view of sex education – Appleton Post Crescent
- Rallies planned around the country for abortion rights – Green Left Weekly
- Abortion clinics, state face off in court over new law – Shreveport Times
- Keep focus on children – Helena Independent Record
- Sex education funding is no ‘bargain’ – In-Forum
- New faces, names fill campaign coffers of Blunt, Carnahan – Joplin Globe
- TV glamorizes teen pregnancy; education can combat it – Charlotte Observer
- Daughter is reward for woman who kept fighting – Winston-Salem Journal
September 25, 2010
- Leyte guv favors sexuality education in schools – Samar News.com
- Dr. William Harrison, Defender of Abortion Rights, Dies at 75 – New York Times
- Program helps pregnant teens stay in school – Ct Post
- World Contraception Day today – Business Recorder (press release) (blog)
- MANY WOMEN AND GIRLS LEFT OUT OF DEVELOPMENT GAINS, UN AGENCY REPORTS – Accra Daily Mail (blog)
- MANY WOMEN AND GIRLS LEFT OUT OF DEVELOPMENT GAINS, UN AGENCY REPORTS – Accra Daily Mail (blog)
- Abortion Foes Sue Colorado Over Voter Guide Analysis – FOXNews
- Arkansas doctor known for performing abortions dies of leukemia – KSPR
- Two rulings issued on Texas abortion laws, one for each side of debate – Examiner.com
- Attorney General Candidates Shadowbox over Abortion – The Bay Citizen (blog)
- A Childs Eye View of Abortion and the Pledge to America – Canada Free Press
- Coming Sunday: Markey, Gardner differ sharply on social issues – The Coloradoan
- India to host global forum on women’s, child’s health – Sify
- Abortion does not cause depression or low self-esteem in teens – Oneindia
- Planned Parenthood leases terminated – Sturgis Journal
- Breast advice: After 40, get mammogram annually – Villager
- Teens OK after Abortion; Senate Stalls Don’t Ask – Women’s eNews
September 24, 2010
- RI faces big challenges in promoting safe sex – Jakarta Post
- Village Chief Leads Fight For Maternal Health – Inter Press Service
- Poorest could receive Medicaid even without children – Fort Morgan Times
- Sperm donor mix-up: Where do these two girls come from? – Globe and Mail
- Local Catholic Campaign for Human Development pulls money from Street Roots – OregonLive.com
- Number of abortions in Wisconsin increases – Chicago Tribune
- House Calls: Caring For A Very Sick Man, And An Incurable Young Woman – WBUR
- Critics urge pressure as China one-child policy hits 30 – AFP
- Study: Abortion doesn’t cause teen depression – Salon
- You Will Keep Paying for Birth Control – Slate Magazine (blog)
- ELECTION ’10: Definition of ‘person’ is on Colo. ballot – BP News
- Inovio readies candidate HIV vaccine – WHYY (blog)
- On Tape: Top UK Catholic Bishop: We Fight Poverty not Gay Unions – Lifesite
- The Catalyst: Teen Pregnancy: Not as glamourous as it seems? – my.hsj.org
- Healthcare Officials Meet About Cervical Cancer – WYMT
- Abortion Debate Driving Election Spending in California – The Washington Independent
- Kamala Harris focuses on Steve Cooley’s abortion record – Los Angeles Times (blog)
- Obama Administration Still Claims No Tax Funded Abortions in Health Care Plan – LifeNews.com
- India has one fourth of global cervical cancer patients – Indian Express
- Maternal deaths are down worldwide – EnerPub
- Civil societies raise investments to better maternal health – Sify
- Why Did She Wait So Long? Later Abortions and the Implications of the New … – Firedoglake
- Taking Charge of Your Breast Cancer Risk – Kansas City infoZine
- 2 GOP women slam critics of Carroll – The South Florida Times