Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • Scientists Debunk Belief That The Pill Causes Weight Gain (Jezebel)
  • Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) is amazed Black folks like Obama have the audacity to believe it’s a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants to give birth (Talking Points Memo)
  • Fighting for the right to deceive: One of the largest networks of Christian pregnancy centers, opposes a proposed bill in Washington State that would require “crisis pregnancy centers” to tell potential clients that they do not perform abortions, refer for abortions, give out comprehensive birth control, or provide medical care for pregnant women. (Seattle PI)
  • Sweet! Medicaid expands access to birth control (Politico)
  • A new study in The New England Journal Of Medicine suggests that abortion is less likely to cause psychiatric issues than having a baby and keeping it (AP)
  • More proof that a pharmacist’s right to not dispense medication they take moral issue with takes priority over a woman’s right not to bleed to death (RH Reality Check)
  • Oh Puleeeeeeze! Republican Senator from our great state of Arizona, Linda Gray, has determined that abortion rights are more at fault for the tragic shooting in Tucson earlier this month than our gun-control laws. (Huff Po)

Time to Mobilize to Protect Women’s Health

Thanks to everyone who attended the Roe v. Wade Happy Hour on Friday, January 21st. We had a great turnout at the Javalina Cantina on Friday, including State Senator Linda Lopez. Senator Lopez addressed the crowd, telling us that we face a difficult environment in the state legislature for women’s health. But now is not the time to retreat; now is the time to mobilize to protect women’s health.

You can stand up for women’s health by signing up for Women’s Health Lobby Day. We will be meeting with our state representatives and addressing pending legislation that will impact women’s health in the state of Arizona. This is a great opportunity to learn how our state government works, as well as to meet other pro-choice advocates from around the state.

Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest action alerts. And if you haven’t already signed up to volunteer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, send us an e-mail to find out when the next volunteer training will be. We’d love to have you join our fabulous Community Action Team.

Thanks again to everyone for celebrating Roe with us on Friday. We can’t wait to see you at Women’s Health Lobby Day, and other events in the future!

STD Awareness: Human Papillomavirus and the HPV Vaccine

virus-like particles mimicking the outer shell of HPV

Virus-like particles, which mimic the outer shell of HPV, are used in the HPV vaccine to induce an immune response against the virus. Image: cancer.gov

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, which gives us an opportunity to learn about the virus that causes most cancers of the cervix (as well as other cancers). More than six million Americans are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) every year, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. There are more than 100 different strains of the virus, some of which can cause genital warts and others of which can lead to cancer. In most cases, an HPV infection will clear up within eight to 13 months, but it can lurk undetected for years, which makes cancer screening very important for anyone who has been sexually active.

Most sexual activities — especially those involving genital-to-genital contact, i.e., vaginal and anal intercourse or simply rubbing genitals together, but also those involving oral and manual contact — can transmit HPV. Although HPV is best known for its connection to cervical cancer in women, it can affect either sex and cause cancers of the vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, anus, oral cavity, or pharynx.

Together, HPV-16 and HPV-18 cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers. Fifty percent of U.S. women who die of cervical cancer have never had a Pap smear; in countries without widespread access to Pap smears, cervical cancer remains a major cause of death.  Continue reading

Will You Be Attending the Roe Luncheon?

Volunteers at the 2010 Roe Luncheon in Tucson

Volunteers at the 2010 Roe Luncheon in Tucson

This post refers to the 2011 Roe Luncheon. Information about this year’s event can be found on our website.

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which recognizes a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona invites you to join us for our annual Roe v. Wade anniversary luncheon.

The Tucson luncheon is on Thursday, February 17, at the Doubletree Hotel. Our emcee will be David Fitzsimmons, of the Arizona Daily Star. We will be honoring Patti Caldwell, formerly the executive director of Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona, for her years of service. We are very excited to be featuring Amy Allina as the keynote speaker at the Tucson luncheon. Ms. Allina is the Program Director of the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN). Amy is also a founding coordinator of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, a national initiative working to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action. Continue reading

Pro-Choice Friday News Rundown

  • This has GOT to be some kind of record: 90 Teens Pregnant in one Memphis High School (Jezebel)
  • How the Hyde Amendment violates the civil rights of women (Huff Po)
  • And since it violates our civil rights so egregiously, Republicans are chomping at the bit to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Naturally. (Politico)
  • 2011 won’t likely be a banner year for choice in general, thanks to our legislators (RH Reality Check)
  • Rabid anti-choice terrorist planning a presidential run and would like to show graphic TV ads featuring aborted fetuses during the 2012 Super Bowl (The Raw Story)
  • The Nation has an interesting article on the benefits of using contraceptives (The Nation)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America honors our former (and fabulously pro-choice, pro-woman) Governor Janet Napolitano (New American)

Speak Up at Women’s Health Lobby Day

Volunteers at 2010 Women’s Health Lobby Day

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona invites you to our 2011 Women’s Health Lobby Day at the State Capitol. Be our guest for lunch, listen to great speakers, and meet with your legislators!

Join us at the Capitol in Phoenix to learn about important issues affecting access to health care and reproductive rights in our state. Learn how the process of law-making works and how YOU can make a difference by advocating for a more pro-choice, pro-woman and compassionate Arizona. Continue reading

Roe v. Wade: Here to Stay, or Fading Away?

pink-drinkYou’re invited to join Planned Parenthood’s Community Action Team and Feminists for Choice for a casual happy hour event this Friday, January 21st at 6:00 PM as we celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Meet other pro-choice advocates from the Tucson area and find out how you can stand up for choice in 2011. We’ll provide information about the different volunteer opportunities with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, including our upcoming Women’s Health Lobby Day. We’ll also have a raffle and other fun activities.

There is no cover charge to attend the event, but guests should plan on buying their own food and drinks. For more info, please send us an e-mail. To RSVP, please visit our Facebook page.