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Afternoon Roundup: Do Women Stop Accessing Abortion When Domestic Terrorists Bomb Clinics?

Amie Newman

One less way for women to treat breast cancer; global anti-choice propaganda; what happens when domestic terrorists commit acts upon abortion clinics; and more on WIkileaks' Julian Assange's sexual assault charges.

One less way for women to treat breast cancer; global anti-choice propaganda; what happens when domestic terrorists commit acts upon abortion clinics; and more on WIkileaks’ Julian Assange’s sexual assault charges.

  • Our Bodies, Our Blog posts today on the FDA decision to revoke approval for Avastin – a popular breast cancer drug. According to the FDA, the risks outweigh the benefits. They’ve posted a site with all of the information here
  • An Austin anti-choice organization plans to go international, according to the American Independent today. Brian Follett, the wealthy Texan who started Heroic Media, is expanding the group’s mission from marketing for crisis pregnancy centers to actually creating his own; as well as targeting African American women specifically. Follett says he wants to expand not only into other cities like Chicago and D.C. but into Latin America as well.
  • Impact of clinic violence on abortion rates anyone? A fascinating post on Big Think analyzes a new report released last week by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) on domestic terrorism incidents against abortion clinics. The report examines whether these incidents have an effect on abortion rates on the areas in which they are carried out. The short of it? No. While, the author of the post writes, in the short term abortion access declines, women end up traveling to other areas to access abortion. 
  • Overall, the number of births are down but c-section rates are up. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teen birth rates decreased as well but the number of births to women between the ages of 40 and 44 increased. Read the report here. 
  • From Feministing.com today, a post on the debate between Women, Action & Media’s Jaclyn Friedman and Naomi Wolf, on Democracy Now! The debate centers on the now infamous Julian Assange. But it’s focus is on the sexual assault allegations against Assange. Friedman argues for society to take these – and all – allegations seriously. While Wolf argues – well, read Jos Truitt’s post for what Wolf is undertaking to “argue.”