Honor the Big 4-0

English: Right to Deathers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As we mentioned, January 22nd, marked the 40th anniversary of the passage of Roe v Wade.

Forty years to the date, NBC News/Wall Street Journal released a poll showing that for the first time ever, the majority of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

In conjunction with this milestone, Jezebel shared the stories of three abortion providers who were invited to speak at an event hosted by Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health in honor of “Roe v. Wade’s big 4-0”:

Dr. Linda Prine – medical director and …read more

New York City’s Plan B to Stem Teen Pregnancy

The New York City Department of Education has started offering Plan B emergency contraception to high school students in 13 of the city’s high schools. The pills will be made available, free of charge, to students through the school nurse without parental consent or notification. Parents do have the option to opt out of the emergency contraception program for their teens at the school. However, only 1-2% of parents have opted out of the program, according to the Department of Education.

The emergency contraception is being offered as a part of CATCH- Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health – which aims …read more

Reproductive Rights: The Ongoing Debate

In the first season of Mad Men, career-oriented Peggy Olsen visits her doctor to get a prescription for the birth control pill. The doctor gives her a fatherly lecture about becoming a “strumpet” and warns that he’ll take her off of the pill if she “abuses it.” This scene serves as a reminder of a time fifty years ago in our nation’s history when women were not permitted to assert their reproductive rights. But have we really come so far?

In Eyes Wide Open, we have blogged this year about the Blunt Amendment, which would allow employers to deny women …read more

A Little Information on Paul Ryan

Last week, Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romeny, announced that he chose Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, to be his running mate. Curious about Ryan’s position on some hot-button social issues? Here are some facts:

He is Anti-Choice – Ryan cosponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that: “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Basically, if the bill passed, abortions would be considered murder. His Budget Slashes funding for Pell Grants – Ryan’s …read more

Update: Delhi Charter School Ordered to Cease Pregnancy Test on “Suspect” Students

Yesterday, we shared a controversial policy implemented by Delhi Charter School. This Louisiana school’s policy requires girls who are “suspected” of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test. If the pregnancy is confirmed or student refuses to be tested, she is then kicked out of the school.

Here is a brief update on the policy: Last night, state officials from the Louisiana State Department of Education ordered the school to “change the policy within a week or face sanctions.”

According to an article in The Guardian, the school did not have an immediate response to the demand, however, the principal, …read more

Update: Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic to Remain Open Indefinitely

Last week we posted about the temporary injunction of a Mississippi law that would require the state’s sole abortion clinic to close.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ruled that the injunction will remain in place while he considers more evidence – meaning the Jackson Women’s Health Organization can stay open until he reaches a final decision. Judge Jordan did not indicate when that would be.

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi Abortion Law

Supporters fighting to keep Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic open won their battle… for now.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that would require the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to close. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block it indefinitely.

The new law requires all doctors performing abortions be board-certified or eligible for certification with admitting privileges at a local hospital. All three physicians at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization are OB-GYNS, but two of the three don’t live in Mississippi and can’t be granted local admitting privileges.

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