Friday, March 30, 2012

Anti-abortion flier is 'over the top'

Voice of Choice founder Todd Stave was once again the target of anti-choice harassment:  a vile anti-Semitic flyer was left on his neighbors' doorsteps the night Todd was out of town.  Not so coincidentally, it was the night Todd was being honored with an award from NARAL for founding Voice of Choice.

Full story can be found in this Washington Jewish Week article.

To see the flyer, click here.  (WARNING:  GRAPHIC CONTENT)

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Todd Stave Honored with Award by NARAL Pro-Choice America

Congratulations to Voice of Choice Director, Todd Stave, for being honored as the recipient of the Jan Yanehiro Speak Out for Choice Award at the 17th annual NARAL Pro-Choice America Power of Choice Awards.

Todd accepted this award in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 21 in San Francisco, CA.

A video of Todd's award and acceptance speech can be seen here: http://youtu.be/dsvPGplBRkc

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Why should I have to explain

My husband and I took my teenaged daughter for an abortion at a Houston clinic. We drove past protestors who had a giant, almost billboard-sized sign showing what must have been a late-term abortion or some such horror. There were a handful of screaming protestors, ironically mostly males. They were not on the clinic's property but across the street, but were still in view of the clinic door and entire parking lot. My husband pulled as close to the door as he possibly could and I walked my daughter in with a jacket pulled over her head. He parked the car and had to walk across the lot to their
screaming at him.

This clinic did a pregnancy test and then an ultrasound and we were told that the fetus wasn't where it was supposed to be, that it appeared to be tubal and that they weren't equipped to handle that. They advised us to go to the Family Planning clinic.

I scheduled an appointment with Family Planning. My daughter and I walked from the parking lot with an attendant who helped keep the one protestor who was there that day away from us. Later on I came downstairs and sat outside (I used to smoke) and that protestor walked over to the fence and started calling to me. I tried to ignore her but she kept saying "I know you can hear me" and "You and your daughter have a choice" and "Don't kill this poor child" and that sort of thing. A Family Planning staffer came over  and asked if I needed  assistance, at which point I got up and just went back inside. I have to say that Family Planning really did a good job of looking out for its patients and their families.

Family Planning (at least in Houston) isn't equipped to deal with a tubal pregnancy either so we wound up at my OB/GYN's office. Chemotherapy drugs were administered to terminate the pregnancy.

The sad thing about the Family Planning experience in particular (even though she didn't have the gory billboard or anything) was that there WAS no choice at that point. We knew it wasn't a viable pregnancy and here was a rank stranger insisting that I listen to her and that there were alternatives. Why should I have to explain anything about my daughter's situation to a stranger?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Abortion Laws at Risk, State by State Chart

 
STATES ATTEMPT TO 
NEUTRALIZE ROE
By Sofia Logos
In the 2010 midterm elections, 89 freshmen Tea party Republicans were elected to the House of Representatives, giving the Republicans a majority caucus of 242. They were elected on promises of cutting budgets, reducing expenses, and creating jobs for a public desperately needing work.

State by state, Tea Party Governors and legislators were elected on the same promises.

Budget promises were soon forgotten as a record number of bills attacking Roe were introduced in State Legislatures. In 2011, of the eleven hundred bills introduced, 135 passed, each finding a way into a woman's bedroom, and between a woman and her doctor[1].

The following chart represents the state laws intended to take away your rights to choice. It is not comprehensive; new laws are being passed and challenged every day.

As you read this, it is important to remember that although these states have put obstacles in the way, ABORTION IS LEGAL in all 50 States.


1/1/2012
Abortion Counseling and Waiting Periods
Parental Involvement in Minors' Abortions
Public Funding of Abortion for Poor Women
Refusal Clauses for Abortion Services
State
Mandated counseling includes information designed to discourage abortion
State imposes waiting period between counseling and abortion
Woman must make two trips: one for abortion counseling and another for the procedure
Parent must be notified before an abortion
Parent must consent to an abortion
Parent must consent and be notified before an abortion
Public funding is available in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest
State pays for all or most medically necessary abortions
Medical professionals may refuse
Medical institutions may refuse
Alabama
Yes
24 hours


One

Only life, rape or incest.



Alaska
Yes


Yes



Yes
Yes
Private institutions
Arizona

24 hours
Yes

One


Yes
Yes
All institutions
Arkansas
Yes
Prior day


One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
California







Yes
Yes
Religious institutions
Colorado



One


Only life, rape or incest

Yes
All institutions
Connecticut







Yes
Yes
All institutions
Delaware



One


Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
District of Columbia








Yes
All institutions
Florida



One


Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Georgia
Yes
24 hours

One


Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Hawaii







Yes
Yes
All institutions
Idaho
Yes
24 hours


One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Illinois







Yes
Yes
Private institutions
Indiana
Yes
18 hours
Yes

One

Also for physical health threat.

Yes
Private institutions
Iowa



One


Also fetal abnormality.

Yes
Private institutions
Kansas
Yes
24 hours


Both

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Kentucky
Yes
24 hours


One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Louisiana
Yes
24 hours
Yes

One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Maine






Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Maryland



One



Yes
Yes
All institutions
Massachusetts




One


Yes
Yes
All institutions
Michigan
Yes
24 hours


One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Minnesota
Yes
24 hours

Both



Yes
Yes
Private institutions
Mississippi
Yes
24 hours
Yes

Both

Also fetal abnormality.

Yes
All institutions
Missouri
Yes
24 hours
Yes

One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Montana







Yes
Yes
Private institutions
Nebraska
Yes
24 hours


One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Nevada






Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
Private institutions
New Hampshire



One


Only life, rape or incest.



New Jersey







Yes
Yes
Private institutions
New Mexico







Yes
Yes
All institutions
New York







Yes
Yes
All institutions
North Carolina
Yes
24 hours


One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
North Dakota
Yes
24 hours


Both

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Ohio
Yes
24 hours
Yes

One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Oklahoma
Yes
24 hours



Yes
Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Oregon







Yes
Yes
Private institutions
Pennsylvania
Yes
24 hours


One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
Private institutions
Rhode Island




One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
South Carolina
Yes
24 hours


One

Yes

Yes
Private institutions
South Dakota
Yes
24 hours

One


Only life endangerment, in violation of federal standard.

Yes
All institutions
Tennessee




One

Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
All institutions
Texas
Yes
24 hours
Yes


Yes
Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
Private institutions
Utah
Yes
24 hours
Yes


Yes
Also for physical health threat.

Yes
Private institutions
Vermont







Yes


Virginia
Yes
24 hours


One

Yes

Yes
All institutions
Washington







Yes
Yes
All institutions
West Virginia
Yes
24 hours

One



Yes


Wisconsin
Yes
24 hours
Yes

One

Also for physical health threat.

Yes
All institutions
Wyoming





Yes
Only life, rape or incest.

Yes
Private institutions
Sources: <i>State Policies in Brief:</i> Parental Involvement in Minors' Abortions, <i>State Policies in Brief:</i> State Funding of Abortion Under Medicaid , <i>State Policies in Brief:</i> Refusing to Provide Health Services , <i>State Policies in Brief:</i>Mandatory Counseling and Waiting Periods for Abortion