The Health and Human Services Department is telling the state of Indiana that its Medicaid plan, which bans funding to Planned Parenthood, is illegal and must be changed.
In a letter sent to Indiana’s Medicaid director, and obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Medicaid Administrator Donald M. Berwick says Indiana’s plan will improperly bar Medicaid beneficiaries from receiving services. Berwick writes that federal law requires Medicaid beneficiaries to be able to obtain services from any provider qualified to provide services.
The notification comes after Indiana passed a law banning federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and as other states consider similar bans. Indiana can change its plan to conform with federal law, or the state could face penalties.
If you aren’t following this Tumblr, you should start right now. You can thank me later.
A hilarious twist on the racist anti-choice billboards in Chicago featuring an image of President Obama with the word, “Every 21 minutes, a next possible future leaders is ABORTED.”
Dr. Hile (Literature Professor)
That seems to be the procedure for most everything.
No jobs? Blame abortion.
Gas prices getting higher? Abortion.
Natural disasters? Damn we need to get on regulating those uteri.
So true it hurts.
It’s hot as hell out. I blame abortion!
“George Tiller was a compassionate physician who risked his life to help women in need. He was assassinated by an anti-choice terrorist.”
…put forward by Rep. John LaBruzzo (R – Metarie). The bill would outlaw all forms of abortion, even if it is medically necessary to save the mother’s life. Any woman having an abortion could receive up to 15 years in jail, as could the doctor providing it. The bill was at one point specifically worded so that abortion would be outlawed “to the extent allowed by the Supreme Court.” That wording was taken out, making it instead a total ban on abortion. This bill would make abortion completely illegal—no exceptions for life of the mother.
You may remember John LaBruzzo. He also wants to start a program that pays poor women to have their tubes tied.
Please reblog now. The Louisiana House could vote on this as early as next week.
On Texas’ new sonogram bill, signed by Governor Rick Perry earlier this week:
According to the law, women will not only be forced into the ultrasound process but most will have to wait 24 hours AFTER having one to be able to go ahead with her abortion. There is a caveat for women who live more than 100 miles away—they “only” have to wait two hours.
I can’t really pick out what is more disgusting and inappropriate (apart from the bill itself, that is): Perry signing a law AGAIN to show off for and appease the bloodlust party crowd of anti-abortion activists or Rep. Patrick’s patronizing theocratic spewing. It’s all appalling, intrusive, controlling bullshit dressed up in theocratic religious fervor shrieking about “saving babies”—and it’s SOP for many state legislators these days.
Okay. This is almost laughable. I’m sure most of you have seen it already. But I have to say something.
I put it in quotes because, uh, well, hate to burst your bubble, GOP, but the same procedure used to perform abortions is used for countless other reasons.
Do you know what happens during a miscarriage? Since you voted “yes” on this amendment, GOP, I’m willing to bet that you don’t. You bleed; sometimes so much so that it can kill you, and your only chance of survival is that the hemorrhaging tissue (it’s not a baby, never was, and most certainly won’t be now that you’ve miscarried) be removed and you get a blood transfusion immediately. If you’re lucky, you’ll avoid a Catholic hospital, where you’ll be sentenced to death because your physician doesn’t perform abortions ever ever EVER, despite the fact that prayer doesn’t really evacuate uterine contents no matter how hard you work at it.
But if that doesn’t happen, and you live, chances are bits of that miscarried tissue (do anti-choicers seriously think a miscarriage is anything like giving birth? don’t answer that) are going to remain inside the uterus. And doctors will have to remove it from the uterus.
What’s that called?
Oh, right. Let’s not teach doctors how to do that. We wouldn’t want them saving lives or anything.
There are other reasons someone might need the contents of their uterus removed, by the way. Fibroids. PCOS. Endometriosis.
I saw this on a protest sign once: politicians make crappy doctors. I’m just a former pre-med with access to Wikipedia, and I’m a better doctor than the entire Republican party. Fancy that!
(click only if lies don’t enrage you)
Twenty years after the historic “Summer of Mercy” abortion protests in Wichita, Kansas, thrust the matter of abortion into the national public eye, Operation Rescue is once again calling for Americans of conscience to converge upon a late-term abortion clinic, this time in Germantown, Maryland, from July 31 through August 7 for what will be known as the “Summer of Mercy 2.0.”
Whether we show up to counter them or not, this will happen. I wish I could say that it won’t, but we know these people have the time and money to load buses full of their vindictive, dishonest friends and families. The question is: will there be anyone there to stop them?
I’m looking at you, Tumblr. You know the drill: reblog. Signal boost. Mobilize.
Start a FB carpool page for your city, and get the word out. It’s not too early to start raising money to get to Maryland.
People seeking late-term abortions never do so just for the hell of it (and even if they did, it would still be a private decision). They do so because of serious medical complications, but the members of Operation Rescue don’t care about that. They won’t be content until we go back to the back alley.
We won’t go back to the back alley.
(Tweet from @PersonhoodAL that reads: “People are never vegetables, regardless of what doctors think their brain function is. #euthenesia [sic])
Those doctors, thinking they know anything about brain function. Devils, I say! We at Personhood Alabama are FAR more qualified to tell YOU about medical science!
Not exactly an abortion rights related post, but considering the source…yeah, I think it’s relevant.
A state senator who has gone to the mat with New Jersey’s governor over budget cuts to women’s health centers said Wednesday that six clinics have closed and others have slashed their hours since Gov. Chris Christie eliminated state funding.
Christie cut $7.5 million for 58 women’s health clinics in the current year’s budget.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg of Teaneck chaired a panel to examine the impact of the cuts on services to poor women who rely on the clinics for health and reproductive care.
“Cuts to women’s health programs have a real-world impact, and that impact is being felt by women around the state who are unable to access basic health care services like cancer screening, STD testing, pre- and post-natal care and yes, contraception,” Weinberg said afterward.
I’m sure some of them provided referrals for abortion services as well, which needs to be included under the umbrella of women’s health care.
Reblogging myself (I’m a creep, I know), to add that yes, some of them did perform abortions.
I’m saddened (and fucking outraged) to see this split occurring in the mind of some supposed pro-choice allies where health care includes cancer screenings, pap smears, STI testing/treatment and birth control, but—gasp—never abortion.
Enough. Enough of this apologetic bullshit. Countless people choose abortion because of medical reasons, but even if they’re not, it’s still health care. It’s a service provided by a physician.
Why does this apologetic language matter? It only shames and silences abortion patients further.
“We provide hundreds of thousands of cervical cancer screenings a year! Fund us! We barely ever perform abortions!”
No. Clinics do not need to be ashamed to perform abortion services…and by and large, I don’t individual providers are (at least not where I escort), but they’re stuck in a place where to appeal to broadest voting base possible, they have to stick to this script. We need to say no. We need to use the language that some of the clinics (COUGH Planned Parenthood) can’t/won’t use.
And the conservatives? They don’t give a flying fuck about anyone’s health care, so they’re still going to try to defund you anyway.
Walk for Choice, NYC.
Sign reads: “Feminists fight back! Save Abortion, End Sterilization Abuse. Radical Women + Freedom Socialist Party.”
Walk for Choice, NYC.
Sign reads: “Men with vaginas for choice.”
Photo credit: lazydaiiisy.tumblr.com.