November 20, 2012
"Ohio is the Latest Battlefield in the War on Contraception," Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check: "The latest battle in the war on contraception is being fought in Ohio, where the House Health and Aging Committee" recently approved a bill (HB 298) that would effectively block distribution of federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that operate family planning clinics, Marcotte writes. Although "the word 'abortion' gets tossed around a lot, this bill makes it clear that the biggest sin of Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, in anti-choice eyes, is that they help women have better sexual health and control their family sizes," she writes. By ending the competitive grant process, Ohio's conservative lawmakers "aren't even trying to tie this to abortion anymore, but blatantly objecting to a model of providing reproductive health care that's been proven to work, precisely because they don't want it to work," Marcotte concludes (Marcotte, RH Reality Check, 11/18).
What others are saying about contraception:
~ "What's Next in the Litigation Over the Obamacare Contraception Mandate?" Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check.
"How Video Technology has Improved Abortion Access for Women in Rural Iowa," Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": A recent study that examined the impact of an Iowa-based telemedicine program found that "[p]roviding women in rural areas with access to abortion services through new technology -- such as video conferences with doctors who can prescribe abortion pills, and then distribute them using a remote control -- can help give those women the medical services they need without actually increasing abortion rates," Culp-Ressler writes. Iowa Planned Parenthood officials noted that the study "underlines the fact that telemedicine allows women to make the medical decisions that are best for them, including about where and when they want to end a pregnancy," Culp-Ressler writes (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 11/16).
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