Afternoon Roundup: Speaker Boehner as Pro-Life Superhero?

Amie Newman

Speaker John Boehner is like a super-hero to the anti-choice crowd but will he really be the "most pro-life Speaker in history"?; UN Chief leaves half the world's population out of his end-of-the-year wrap up.

Speaker John Boehner is like a super-hero to the anti-choice crowd but will he really be the “most pro-life Speaker in history”?; UN Chief leaves half the world’s population out of his end-of-the-year wrap up.

  • The Hill reports on the anti-choice organization, The Susan B. Anthony List, and its plans for mobilizing “280,000 grassroots activists” to support their super-hero, “the most pro-life Speaker in history” Speaker Boehner. Boehner has pledged to repeal the health reform law, and push for passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
  • On the flip side? NARAL Pro-Choice America is telling Americans to StandUpToBoehner(.org). The organization’s new web site says that Boehner’s attempts to repeal the health reform law is not the only weapon in his arsenal, he plans on pushing a “Stupak on Steroids” bill to ban coverage of abortion in the health reform bill. 
  • IPS says UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon left women entirely out of his year-end wrap-up of UN activities, in a recent op-ed published in an Australian newspaper. Writing of the Millennium Development Goals (of which there are eight), Ban Ki-Moon discussed those related to poverty, human rights, climate change and more. The only goal he conspicuously left out? The one related to women’s health and rights. As well, and most notably, the newest UN agency, UN Women, created to promote gender empowerment was utterly absent from the piece.

Roundup: Bristol Makes a Quarter Million as Abstinence Spokesperson

Beth Saunders

The Candies Foundation pays Bristol $262k but grants only $35k for teen pregnancy prevention; the FBI releases 10-year old threats against Dr. Tiller; Delaware may enact parental consent; Illinois cannot force pharmacies to distribute emergency contraception.

The Candies Foundation pays Bristol $262k but grants only $35k for teen pregnancy prevention; the FBI releases 10-year old threats against Dr. Tiller; Delaware may enact parental consent; Illinois cannot force pharmacies to distribute emergency contraception.

  • Bristol Palin made $262,500 last year as a spokesperson for teen abstinence on behalf of the Candies Foundation. Her salary is about ten times as much as the foundation spent on grants to teen abstinence programs ($35,000). Candies also spent $165,000 on a television ad featuring Palin with Jersey Shore personality Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, a fellow Dancing with the Stars cast member, discussing abstinence. The Situation wisely advises Palin to carry a condom just in case a “situation” arises. She declines.
  • The FBI has released 10-year old files showing the Dr. George Tiller had his life threatened by anti-abortion terrorists numerous times. Tiller was assassinated in his church in May 2009.  
  • A Delaware lawmaker is proposing the state enact a parental consent law. Currently, the state has a parental notification requirement when a girl 16 or younger wants to terminate a pregnancy.
  • An Illinois court ruled yesterday that the state cannot force pharmacy owners to stock and distribute emergency contraception if the owner claims doing so violates his or her morals or religious beliefs. In his ruling, the judge wrote, “… the Court heard no evidence of a single person who ever was unable to obtain emergency contraception because of a religious objection.”

Apr 5

Roundup: Virginia Pro-Choice Groups Ask for Equal Regulation of Outpatient Clinics

Beth Saunders

Same-sex marriages won't be allowed in California during Prop 8 appeal, international transgender news, trade schools cannot discriminate against applicants with HIV or AIDS, and Virginia pro-choice groups ask for new regulations to be applied to all outpatient surgery centers, not just abortion clinics.

Same-sex marriages won’t be allowed in California during Prop 8 appeal, international transgender news, trade schools cannot discriminate against applicants with HIV or AIDS, and Virginia pro-choice groups ask for new regulations to be applied to all outpatient surgery centers, not just abortion clinics.

  • The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request from plaintiffs in California’s Proposition 8 lawsuit that asked for same-sex marriages to be legal during the appeal process. The California Supreme Court will take up the case in September.
  • In international transgender news, Portugal has simplified the process by which an individual can legally change name and/or gender, while Lithuania has proposed banning gender reassignment surgery in the country.  
  • The Department of Justice has sent letters to states and territories with reminders that the law does not permit discrimination against people with HIV or AIDS in trade school applications. A hairstyling school in Puerto Rico recently denied admission to an applicant who was HIV-positive.
  • New regulations in Virginia permit the state to regulate abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical centers, which could close the majority of clinics in the state. Pro-choice groups have written a letter to the Governor Bob McDonnell asking him to apply the regulations to all outpatient clinics, including those that perform plastic surgery, colonoscopies, and laser eye surgery. The letter asks, “If you truly believe that current standards in Virginia are lax and that there is a health and safety concern relating to outpatient care, why is it that only abortion clinics must meet this new standard and not ALL outpatient facilities?”

Mar 23