Friday, September 2, 2011
I'm including a link to our Facebook "event" page if you would like to officially RSVP for the rally. Speak for Choice understands that many people have work, school, family, and prior engagements, but if you can come out for the rally (or come over lunch, for those of you working/living in Topeka), that would be AMAZING!
So click here to visit the event page!
Or, check out the "Rally for Choice" tab up top for more info.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment doesn't want to reveal how it developed new abortion law
Kansas balks at disclosing how it developed new rules for abortion clinics
The state of Kansas is battling to keep from revealing details about how it developed new rules for abortion clinics.
Lawyers for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the attorney general want to prevent two abortion clinics from learning how the rules were crafted, as well as the mind-set behind them, according to their court filings.
They are asking a judge to limit the scope of what is shared with the clinics’ lawyers to prevent overly broad requests that don’t lead to relevant evidence, the court documents say.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Kansas has been ordered to resume funding Planned Parenthood on the same schedule that already existed (until the state crafted a law stripping Planned Parenthood of Title X funding). This is fantastic because the Hays clinic will be able to stay open! Planned Parenthood announced last week that if funding was not continued, they would be forced to close the Hays clinic. So yay!
Read the article here
In other news, IT IS TIME TO RALLY!
In one week from today, Speak for Choice and it's allies (Trust Women, Planned Parenthood, Kansas NOW, the ACLU, the MainStream Coalition, and the Young Dems) will be rallying for choice at the Topeka Capitol.
If you want more info about the rally, then check out the "rally" tab at the top of the page!
Monday, August 29, 2011
From Mother Jones:
It's official. Every abortion provider in the state of Kansas has been denied a license to continue operating as of July 1. As we reported last week, strict new state laws put in place this month threatened to close the remaining three abortion clinics in Kansas. The staff of one of these facilities, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, initially thought their operation could survive the strict new standards. But on Thursday afternoon, Planned Parenthood announced that the Overland Park clinic has thus far been denied a license to continue operating—effectively cutting off access to legal abortion in the entire state.
In late June, all three clinics in Kansas were denied their licenses! Though the Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri later had its license renewed, it had to scramble to comply with the new regulations, many of which had nothing. to. do. with. women's. health! And the other two clinics-Aid for Women and the Center for Women's Health-did not receive their licenses. They would have had to undergo extreme renovations to their buildings in order to comply with the new regulations, which dictated such important "life-saving" measures as: the specific temperature and size of the rooms, and required that women remain in recovery for 2 hours, which goes against the best practices of doctors. (FYI, women should be up and moving within 30 minutes following the procedure)
A judge issued an injunction and all 3 clinics remain open for the time being. On September 7th in Topeka, there will be a hearing regarding the abortion law passed earlier this year that put into place these regulations.
Which is why we are rally on September 7th in Topeka!!! Come out and show your support, and while you're at it, bring your signs, your kids, and your friends with you!
Read the entire article here for a refresher.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Population, Reproductive Health, Status of Girls and Women
Average births per minute U.S. 6
Average births per minute in developing nations 240
Percent of population under 25 in U.S. 20
Percent of population under 25 in Sub-Saharan Africa 43
Percent of women among the 1.3 billion people globally who live in absolute poverty 70
Percent women contribute to the world’s working hours 66
Percent of world’s income earned by women 10
Percent of the world’s property owned by women less than 1
Percent of girls among the 77 million children globally not attending primary school 60
Here are some sad stats of the state of things for women around the globe. Last year when I attended a presentation about feminism, someone asked why feminism isn't just humanism? Why the need for feminism to be distinguished? Heather (one of our lovely authors) responded that feminism was necessary as long as there was an inequality between males and females, even if the inequality wasn't as bad in our country as some other part of the world. She reminded everyone that we cannot forget our sisters around the globe who don't have any semblance of equality, who cannot own property, who work and barely make any money...
Read the rest of the article here
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
What's even scarier? WAIT will recieve over $220,000 FROM THE STATE of Colorado to spread it's message of "waiting" (AKA slut shaming and guilting-mostly targeted at teenage girls, but also targeted at boys) to have sex. Yet abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality education has been shown time after time to be ineffective!