February 5, 2013
"Which State Will Ban Abortion First?" Elissa Berger, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights": "[L]ess than a month into state legislative sessions, and about a week after the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, politicians are working overtime to block a woman's access to abortion care," Berger, ACLU advocacy and policy counsel, writes, noting that in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota and several other states, "legislators are playing at the same game -- introducing legislation that takes away a woman's ability to have all options open to her." She adds, "These bills are shocking at any time, but especially now when lawmakers have heard men and women across the nation say we don't want politicians interfering in personal private decisions." Berger calls on readers to "[s]hare this blog. Email your friends. Call or email your state legislators and let them know -- enough is enough" (Berger, "Blog of Rights," ACLU, 2/2).
What others are saying about state attacks on reproductive rights:
~ "More Heartbeat Bans Than Ever, But Will Any Become Law?" Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.
"New York City Public Schools Handed Out 'Morning-After Pill' To Thousands More Than Reported," Sara Gates, Huffington Post blogs: Contraception and emergency contraception handouts at New York City public schools "may be a contributing factor in the city's decreased rate of teen pregnancy," which fell by 27% over the past 10 years, Gates writes. She highlights the city's Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health pilot program for distributing 12,721 doses of emergency contraception to at least 40 "school-based health centers," but also acknowledges that those numbers are "surprising" given that city officials said only 567 girls had received EC (Gates, Huffington Post blogs, 2/4).
What others are saying about adolescent health:
~ "'Protecting' LGBT Youth by Putting Them in Harm's Way," Chris Hampton, American Civil Liberties Union's "Blog of Rights."
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