Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Study: Teen Girls More Likely to Have Risky Sex Than Teen Boys (Time)
  • Fighting the Black Anti-Abortion Campaign: Trusting Black Women (On The Issues)
  • Can anorexia lead to unplanned pregnancy? (Salon)
  • Fighting for our rights: The Center For Reproductive Rights Takes FDA Back to Court Over Morning-After Pill (CRR)
  • ‘Hyper-Texting’ Teens More Likely to Have Had Sex, Tried Drugs (Time)
  • What pro-lifers can learn from the Princeton abortion conference (Slate)
  • Is It Harmful to Take Emergency Contraception Multiple Times? (RH Reality Check)
  • Unintended pregnancies aren’t ‘accidents’ (LA Times)

A Word of Thanks to Planned Parenthood’s Supporters!

thanksgivingAs we approach Thanksgiving, it’s a good time to reflect on all of the things that we have to be thankful for this year. Although the 2010 elections didn’t turn out entirely as we had hoped, we can still be grateful for the many positive things that did happen as a result of the election. For example, because of our dedicated team of volunteers, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona was able to achieve the following goals during this year’s election season:

  • From August 24 – November 2, our volunteers donated 1,002.5 hours towards electing pro-choice candidates.
  • We exceeded our goal of making 5,500 phone calls by calling 6,480 pro-choice supporters.
  • We knocked on 909 doors to get out the pro-choice vote.
  • And our volunteers wrote 23 blog articles to help educate pro-choice voters about the issues.

You can watch our fabulous volunteers in action by watching our end of the year slide show.  If you’d like to get involved for all of the exciting things we have in store in 2011, send an e-mail to advocate@ppaz.org.

We can also express our thanks for strong pro-choice representatives, like Congressman Raul Grijalva and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as well as state legislators like Linda Lopez, Paula Aboud, Steve Farley, David Schapira, and Daniel Patterson, just to name a few. They have consistently voted to support women’s access to reproductive health care, and we appreciate their continued support.

Finally, thank you to all of you who financially support Planned Parenthood Arizona. We couldn’t provide comprehensive reproductive health care services for women and families in the state of Arizona without you.

Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving, and a very Happy Holiday Season as the month turns into December!

 

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • More bad news for women in our state: Arizona’s abortion providers are disappearing (Ms. Magazine)
  • The Latest Figures on American Motherhood: Among them: 1 in 4 women who had a baby between June 2007 and June 2008 were living in poverty (Time)
  • The big lie about abortion and mental health (Wa Po)
  • New (and improved!) sex-ed program in Michigan exposes teens to the costs of raising children (Lansing State Journal)
  • Anti-abortion pastor found guilty of stalking NC abortion providers (TPM)
  • Does providing access to Birth Control promote sexual activity among teens? Here’s a hint: Nope. (Sacramento Bee)
  • Notorious, and heroic Nebraska abortion provider moving practice to other states due to Nebraska’s new (and un-improved) abortion restrictions (Reuters)
  • And the “Making Things Up” award goes to…Sarah Palin, who claims the Health Care Act “will cause more abortions” (Dallas News)

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Read about the many challenges ahead in government now that anti-choice politicians have gained numbers in the House and the Senate (Raising Women’s Voices)
  • Colorado voters reject “fetal personhood” initiative, but that won’t prevent similar measures from being on future ballots in other states (Ms. Magazine)
  • Planned Parenthood is keeping score of reproductive rights wins and losses with its spiffy looking election map (PP Action)
  • Wannabe abortion bomber pleads guilty to charges (RH Reality Check)
  • Hope you’re sitting down for this stunning shocker: Recent study indicates oral sex leads to intercourse among teens! (CBS News)
  • The hard road ahead: Anti-choicers outnumber supporters of choice by devastatingly large margins in the upcoming 112th Congress (NARAL)
  • Why Medicaid Coverage for Births and Family Planning Services is Essential (Guttmacher)

One Vote Can Tip the Balance: The Battles for Reproductive Care

David Yetman and Annette Everlove, 1977

David Yetman and Annette Everlove, 1977

For Kino Community Hospital, it was the end of abortion services. But for Annette Everlove it was the beginning of a career in law that continues to this day, and for David Yetman it was the beginning of his 12-year stint as a Pima County Supervisor. And for Americans, it was the beginning of a nationwide debate.

It was 1977, just four years after the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision. In the early days of abortion’s legality, access to the procedure was still extremely limited. There were only one or two private practitioners who provided abortion access in the entire city of Tucson.

And then there was Kino Community Hospital.

As a county-owned public hospital, Kino’s services were provided to its patients free of charge. Consequently, it was the sole source of medical care for many of Tucson’s poor. Shortly after Kino opened its doors in 1977, a Pima County Supervisor learned that the hospital was performing abortions. The question of whether or not Kino would be permitted to continue abortion services was put on the agenda. Continue reading