Advocacy & Action
Welcome to Advocacy & Action, a digest of reproductive rights and health news
from our state, our nation, and around the world.
July 18, 2012
Today, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Subcommittee released the Labor-HHS funding bill scheduled to be considered by the subcommittee tomorrow. Once again, the draft bill proposes elimination of the Title X family planning program. Contact your representative today and voice your strong support for Title X funding.
The Center for Reproductive Rights
Arizona Abortion Bill
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is calling her state’s extreme new abortion law—which includes zero exceptions to protect a woman’s life or health unless she has a life-threatening emergency—”common sense measures to protect the health of women.” In truth, the law puts women’s lives at risk. Take action with us by telling Gov. Brewer to stop attacking women and lying to the citizens of Arizona.
The Daily Beast
Evangelicals Struggle to Address Premarital Sex and Abortion
07/13/2012 — Their theological line against premarital sex is falling on the deaf ears of young believers, some of whom get pregnant and have abortions, thanks to their ignorance about contraception. Now, evangelicals are debating whether churches can embrace contraception as a backup plan. Read More
RH Reality Check
How I lost my fear of universal health care
07/16/2012 — When I moved to Canada in 2008, I was a die-hard conservative Republican. So when I found out that we were going to be covered by Canada’s Universal Health Care, I was somewhat disgusted. This meant we couldn’t choose our own health coverage, or even opt out if we wanted too. It also meant that abortion was covered by our taxes, something I had always believed was horrible. I believed based on my politics that government mandated health care was a violation of my freedom. Read More
The Huffington Post
Think the Wage Gap Is a Myth? Ask Your Doctor
06/14/12 — Debra Ness, President, National Partnership
A man and his son were in a car accident. Both were taken to the hospital with critical injuries, and the boy was quickly rushed into surgery. The surgeon said, “I can’t operate on this boy; he’s my son.”
How is this possible? Many of us have heard this riddle used to demonstrate continued sexism in this country (some of us have even fallen for it). Why does it work? Because women in the United States are still battling bias and inequality, particularly in the workplace. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week takes a closer look at the medical profession and provides evidence of the impact gender inequality is having on some of the country’s most elite female doctors. Read More