— Albuquerque is looking more likely to have a 20 week abortion ban on the ballot in November, when the city may have a potential mayoral face off. Current polling now shows 54 percent in favor of passing a ban, despite it being utterly unconstitutional. Meanwhile, more people are getting to know the New Mexico wing of Operation Rescue, who spearheaded the initiative. The New Republic has a fascinating look at how Operation Rescue trains their new recruits. Spoiler Alert: they are mostly hand-picked from a radical student group called “Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust,” a teen action group that mainly likes to show graphic images in inappropriate venues, or do major protests outside the private homes of providers.
— Speaking of offensive protesters who try to scare people out of their reproductive decisions, The Frisky ran a great piece on what it’s like to be a clinic escort. Best section? “She had barely taken her first puff before the anti-choicers surrounded her like demonic soul suckers. A woman with a sign covered in doll heads kept saying, ‘We know the best doctors. You need to see our doctors before you do this.’”
— Rabid protesters and “sidewalk counselors” exist to prey on pregnant people and force them to feel guilt over their decision to terminate a pregnancy. But they aren’t the only means to force abortion stigma on a person who decided not to carry a pregnancy to term. Steph Herold provides an excellent breakdown of how stigma is portrayed in the recent New York Times wedding announcement that shared a couple’s prior abortion story within it.
— Ohio Right to Life still can’t separate infant mortality — an issue often associated with poor prenatal care — from abortion, once more showing that they have far more concern for those who haven’t been born than those that will be born and deserve the best care. A Tablet article spells it out much more simply: “Jewish law is not about feelings. Which is why it’s important to repeat here that Jewish law is rather clear on the fact that abortion is not murder.”
— Unintended pregnancy is down. Unless you are in poverty, then it’s gone way up. Good thing there are still companies trying to block the birth control mandate, so maybe they can get the unintended pregnancy rate to go up for people not in poverty, too, to even it out a bit.
— And, finally some good news. Doing drugs when pregnant still is a bad idea, but at least this woman is not being sent to jail for assaulting her unborn child over it. Because the last thing a new infant needs when its coming into the world is a mom in jail. Hopefully she will get the help she needs for her drug issues on the outside.
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.