— The new law that will allow very limited abortion access in Ireland hasn’t actually been used yet, despite a newspaper claim that a pregnant woman aborted twins to save her life. Now, we’re learning even more about the law, such as a new theory that the only reason it passed was that most of the politicians who voted in favor were drunk. No, really.
— A Florida man who federal authorities were threatening to try for murder under the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act” after he allegedly tricked his girlfriend into taking Cytotec, which may have resulted in the miscarriage of her six week embryo, is getting a plea deal. John Weldon will plead guilty to mail fraud and product tampering, according to news reports, after putting a label for a prescription antibiotic on a bottle of pills and telling his pregnant girlfriend she needed to take them for an infection. Had the federal murder charges been attempted, it would have been the first time that the Unborn Victims of Violence Act would have been used when the victim was pre-viability. The woman who suffered the miscarriage had said previously that she will push for a state version of the federal law.
— Ever wonder why so many politicians who are obsessed with restricting legal abortion are also obsessed with deregulating gun ownership? Minnesota Rep. Tony Cornish boils it all down for the Minneapolis Start Tribune: “We want to protect women from harm. We want to protect babies from abortion, and we want to protect our gun rights.” Gee, thanks for looking out for us.
— The teen birth rate keeps going down, a likely sign of quality, age-appropriate comprehensive sex education finally beginning to be embraced across the country. One Oklahoma school district that learned the hard way that abstinence only education leads to little more than lots of pregnant teens has made the switch, despite ire from the Christian right. Unfortunately, grown-ups aren’t learning the lesson as quickly, as a new attempt to push hormonal contraception as “anti-feminist” is picking up steam — and plenty of criticism.
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.