this is absolutely horrifying. Ms magazine blog reports:
Birth control sabotage has been revealed to be a common form of partner abuse… The callers said their partners hid birth control pills or flushed them down the toilet. Some refused to wear condoms or poked holes in them.
great article, definitely worth reading the whole thing!!
Some 60 percent of women who receive care in a Title X family-planning health center say it’s their main source of health care — not a supplement but a lifeline. That’s because 85 percent of them live at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, and two thirds lack health insurance. What do the House Republicans have in mind for these women and families? Gail Collins distilled their attitude beautifully in a recent New York Times column: “Let Them Use Leeches.”
During the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami Beach, child outreach professionals said they saw a surge in young women working the streets in the week leading up to the big game. Many of the young girls they spoke with told outreach experts that they’d been brought to the area by pimps hoping to profit from the game.
“We saw at least four times as many, if not more, young women on the streets,” said Sandy Skelaney, who headed the Super Bowl outreach project at Kristi House, a child advocacy organization in Miami.
You can send a pre-written message to your representative asking them to oppose HR3 through the National Network of Abortion Funds website. The message reads:
As your constituent, I am writing to ask that you say “NO” to H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” The bill, introduced by Representative Chris Smith on January 20th, would endanger women’s health and safety. It would make it more difficult than ever for a woman to obtain an abortion and force many women to use money they need for rent and food. It will push women to seek the cheapest possible abortion care, jeopardizing their lives. Our society should remove laws that stand in the way of critical reproductive health care, not increase obstacles. I urge you to oppose this and any other effort to make the Hyde Amendment permanent – and I urge you to oppose all restrictions on abortion care.
Thank you for supporting health and safety for every woman and family,
you are able to edit it and add things. it takes just a few seconds to send a message! do it now.
tiger beatdown has some great talking points and info on HR3.
HR3 makes permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for a legal medical procedure. As it stands, Hyde must be renewed each year.
HR3 will make it harder for rape victims to seek justice, by creating a hierarchy of rape that is based on the worst elements of rape culture. HR3 is based on the idea that “good” people are only raped by strangers and “good” people are the only ones deserving of medical care.