Thursday, April 22, 2010

Life Links 4/22/10

Live Action is getting some local media coverage from their most recently released undercover film showing an abortion clinic employee in Kentucky not reporting sexual abuse between a 14-year-old girl and a 31-year-old man. The abortion clinic is standing by their employee.
"The reason why we would never report it at that point, for one thing, we don't know who the girl is," Ann said. "We don't have an ID on her. We don't know how old she is. We haven't done an ultrasound on her. We don't even know if she's pregnant."

Ann said the girls were not clients, but walked in off the street, and she said the person answering their questions was not a counselor, but the clinic's receptionist.

"These were not patients of ours," she said. "They didn't have an appointment and certainly, if we have young girls coming in through the door, we're going to answer their questions."

NARAL President Nancy Keenan responds to the group of young pro-choice bloggers who were upset that Keenan told Newsweek she didn’t see the same passion on the abortion issue from young pro-choicers compared to young prolifers. Basically: I’m sorry. There are young people involved in the pro-choice movement. Let’s continue this discussion.

Cassy Fiano had a rantastic reply to Jessica Valenti and her post about abortions for convenience:
The whole feminist philosophy is disgusting. They tell women to sleep around like men do. When women then get unintentionally pregnant (usually while unmarried), they tell the women to just kill the damn burden growing inside of you and throw it out like refuse. And NO, don’t you dare do any research about abortion, what your baby looks like, or the effect having an abortion can have on you. Just kill the damn thing and get back to your Womyn’s Studies classes because college is the MOST. IMPORTANT. THING. EVER! And no, you cannot do both, you must choose between being a pregnant, barefoot housewife in a kitchen or being a smart, single, feminist womyn with a degree in Gender Studies. If you have the baby you are contributing to the partiarchy! And you will be a victim! Do what we say! Don’t think for yourself!

It’s sickening, truly sickening.

Worst reason why emergency contraception doesn’t reduce pregnancies and abortions? Can someone make sense of this one at the RH Reality Check?
Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are now available in many countries, but have failed to have the desired impact on unwanted pregnancy rates. Why is this? Earlier barriers to access are becoming less and less prevalent.
What? The reason emergency contraceptive haven’t shown a reduction in pregnancies and abortion (even in studies where women have been given a pack of them to use whenever they want) is because earlier barriers to access are becoming less prevalent?

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