Welcome to our new feature, “Today’s B.S.” Contributor Robin Marty reads through the reproductive rights headlines and highlights the important ones of the day so The Broad Side readers don’t have to …
1. Anti-choice activists are ecstatic about a proposed 20 week abortion ban specifically for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Less enthused have been the local politicians, who have managed to hold off the amendment long enough to ensure it won’t be a part of the October city elections. Now the city council president is suggesting a mail in vote to approve the ban, because access to safe, legal abortion should always be filtered through the U.S. Postal Service.
2. The governor of California is about to sign a bill that will change the law on who is allowed to perform abortions, allowing qualified nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and midwives to perform early abortion procedures. The legislation could greatly expand abortion access in rural areas of the state, which is terrifying abortion opponents, who claim it’s all a ploy to kill off the poor.
4. With all of these clinics closing, and more pregnant people likely to seek out their own unsafe abortions when their legal options are gone, many are beginning to wonder — is pro-life really “pro-life?” An op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor says “no. “Members of the pro-life movement spend countless dollars and hours on rallies and lobbying without providing adequate financial and emotional support for women to actually maintain pregnancies,” writes Elizabeth Jahr, a college theology major. “And the majority of women who have abortions cite not being able to afford a child as one of the main reasons for their decision.”
5. In international news, Finnish politicians are talking to American anti-choice groups about importing U.S. style abortion restrictions, The Irish Times is stating that they were wrong, and the first abortion performed under the country’s new abortion law may not have happened, and Mexico’s system of crisis pregnancy centers is found to be just as deceptive as America’s.
Robin Marty is a freelance writer, speaker and activist. Robin’s political, women’s rights and reproductive articles and personal writings have appeared at Ms. Magazine, Truth Out, RH Reality Check, Alternet, BlogHer and Care2. She has been featured in panels at the National Organization for Women, Netroots Nation, the National Conference For Media Reform, National Organizing Institute and NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota. Robin is the co-author of, Crow After Roe: How Women’s Health Is the New “Separate But Equal” and How to Change That with lawyer Jessica Mason Pieklo.