Afternoon Roundup: Safe Sex Flash Mob, Pushing Personhood in Florida, Porn Acting and Condoms: A Winning Mix?

Amie Newman

Porn actors should wear condoms as a rule; pushing personhood for fetuses in Florida doesn't seem to be a winning idea; the number of premature infants being born in the U.S is decreasing; and a safe-sex flash mob?

Porn actors should wear condoms as a rule; pushing personhood for fetuses in Florida doesn’t seem to be a winning idea; the number of premature infants being born in the U.S is decreasing; and a safe-sex flash mob?

  • Women in Somali refugee camps – like women in Haiti’s displaced persons camps, like women who become victims of sexual war crimes around the world – are being raped and sexually assaulted in the face of little to no security, and in the absence of punishment of attackers who are caught.
  • An Ohio teen won a “major victory” in a case concerning abortion, parental consent and informed consent. A  judge ruled that the Planned Parenthood health center at which she had received an abortion, without her parent’s consent, had breached legal duty by not meeting with her 24 hours prior to the procedure to ensure she was aware of all of her options (also known as “informed consent”). The lawyer for Planned Parenthood says that law was under federal injunction at the time, however, and so therefore was not applicable. 
  • Salon’s Broasheet reports on the ongoing story about HIV in the adult film industry and condom use. The patient at the center of the most recent controversy for having tested positive for HIV is calling for mandatory condom use by actors. 
  • The Florida Personhood Amendment is still under fire. Advocates continue to drum home the fact that conferring full legal rights upon fetuses is a radical, extremist way to not only outlaw abortion but birth control as well. Personhood supporters say that’s not at all the case – but not many in Florida seem to agree thus far. There are still a grand total of zero signers to get the amendment on the ballot, notes the Florida Independent. 

News Abortion

Roundup: State Legislatures Aim to Restrict Medical Abortion

Beth Saunders

Oklahoma and Texas want to restrict use of medical abortion despite recommendations from medical groups; Florida votes on pile of anti-abortion bills today; MariaTalks.com controversy continues in Massachusetts; and Texas tries to repeal transgender marriage.

Oklahoma and Texas want to restrict use of medical abortion despite recommendations from medical groups; Florida votes on pile of anti-abortion bills today; MariaTalks.com controversy continues in Massachusetts; and Texas tries to repeal transgender marriage.

Apr 26

News Violence

Roundup: Threat Against Doctor Wasn’t a “True Threat”

Beth Saunders

Forty Days of Harassment Claims Success; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland expanding; woman who threatened Kansas abortion provider says it wasn't a "true threat."

Forty Days of Harassment Claims Success; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland expanding; woman who threatened Kansas abortion provider says it wasn’t a “true threat.”

  • Anti-choicers claim that during this year’s 40 Days for Life Harassment campaign, 483 women were convinced not to terminate their pregnancies. But how do they really know that the women didn’t come back the next day? Or that they were coming in for a pap smear, and were too intimidated by protesters to keep their health appointment?
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is planning a major expansion over the next five years, adding 12 clinics in Nebraska and Iowa. Anti-abortion activists and lawmakers in Nebraska are pushing for a ban on telemedicine in the state as applied to medical abortion, in advance of Planned Parenthood’s expansion.
  • A woman who sent a threatening letter to Kansas abortion provider Dr. Mila Means says she wasn’t making a “true threat” against the doctor, nor does she believe in violence against others. Some text from her letter?

    Thousands of people are already looking into your background. They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live. You will be checking under your car everyday – because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.

    Sounds like a threat to me.

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