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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT WOMEN'S HEALTH
A Message from our CEO
It’s September, normally “back to school” month and a time of returning to our fall routines. But there’s nothing routine about this year!
This fall will look a little different for our BVWHC Education & Outreach team. Instead of in-person presentations in BVSD and SVVSD classrooms, our health educators will be providing comprehensive sex education to students virtually.
We’re pleased that our teen peer education program, SHAPE (Sexual Health Awareness & Peer Education) is still happening virtually. Our 2020-2021 SHAPErs are looking forward to the school year and to their first meeting this month. Know a high-school age youth who might be interested? We’re accepting applications through the end of September.
And, if you’re spending a lot of time at home with your teenagers this month, our Education & Outreach team is happy to help you talk to them about sex. For information about our resources for parents, contact our Director of Education & Outreach: firstname.lastname@example.org
On a final note, while we’re sad that Condom Couture is not happening this year, you can still support high-quality, compassionate reproductive healthcare and abortion services through our “Ultrasound the Alarm” campaign, which is raising funds for a new ultrasound machine. Prefer to make a general donation? Click here.
Have a great September!
Cynthia Molina, CEO
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COLORADO
Say No to 115, the Abortion Ban
Prop 115, which will be on the November ballot, is an intentionally confusing initiative being pushed by many of the same politicians and groups who have repeatedly tried to ban abortion outright in Colorado. We urge voters to say NO to 115, which would ban abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks. Every pregnancy is unique and no one can possibly know another person’s circumstances. But Prop 115 does not allow for any complexity — even when there are risks to the woman’s health or she learns there is a lethal fetal diagnosis. The initiative's writers even said they want to force a woman who has been raped to carry her pregnancy to term. We know decisions around pregnancy are best made by a woman and her family, in consultation with her doctors and in accordance with her faith — not by politicians. For a Fact Sheet on 115 and information on how to get involved in fighting this ban, see https://voteno115.com/
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE US
Attacks on Medication Abortion on the Rise
Even a national pandemic has not slowed attacks on abortion rights and access by the Trump Administration, anti-choice members of Congress, and state legislatures. In July, Federal District Court Judge Theodore Chuang lifted restrictions on the abortion pill that required the pills to be dispensed by a physician during an in-person office visit. Judge Chuang ruled that keeping the FDA rule during the pandemic would “place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a medication abortion and that may delay or preclude a medication abortion and thus may necessitate a more invasive procedure.” Instead, he said, the pills could be sent by mail. Now, the Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to reverse that ruling and reimpose the restrictions, forcing both patients and healthcare providers to undergo unnecessary risk. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), has taken the crusade one step further, leading a group of 20 senators petitioning the FDA to take the abortion pill off the market completely, calling it an “imminent hazard to public health.” Medication abortion is both increasingly common – accounting for almost 40% of all abortions in the U.S. – and has been found to be overwhelmingly safe.
Meanwhile, Tennessee recently passed a law requiring abortion providers to inform patients undergoing a medication abortion that their abortion can be “reversed.” Abortion reversal is a controversial theory which has gained favor in the anti-choice community in recent years. The protocol for halting a medication abortion once it has begun is not medically accepted or FDA-approved. The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a lawsuit to block the Tennessee law.