November 9, 2012
"STUDY: Women Rely on Publicly-Funded Health Clinics Like Planned Parenthood for Their Primary Care," Annie-Rose Strasser, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": A new study by the Guttmacher Institute finds that 40% of women rely on publicly funded women's health clinics -- like Planned Parenthood -- for their primary care needs, while 60% rely on the clinics specifically for contraception. The study underscores how moves by states, such as Texas, to defund abortion providers and affiliates of abortion providers "would have the unintended effect of undermining women's health care as a whole," Strasser adds (Strasser, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/8).
"ELECTION 2012: Florida Voters Defeat Amendment 6, the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion' Amendment," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: "On election night, Florida voters rejected an amendment that would have dramatically limited access to safe abortion care by restricting state funding for abortion, though it does not exist, limiting private insurance coverage of abortion care, and stripping privacy rights from teen girls seeking to terminate a pregnancy," Marty writes. She quotes Jennifer Dalven, director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, who stated after the election, "The people of Florida have sent a clear message that politicians have no place in a woman's deeply personal and private medical decisions" (Marty, RH Reality Check, 11/6).
What others are saying about abortion-related ballot initiatives:
~ "ELECTION 2012: Montana Voters Approve Parental Notification for Teens Seeking Abortions," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.
Repro Health Watch — an exciting new edition of the Women’s Health Policy Report — compiles and distributes media coverage of proposed and enacted state laws and ballot initiatives affecting women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, as well as litigation in response to those provisions.