- A new report from Guttmacher says that abortion rates are at their lowest in 40 years – because more folks are using birth control.
- What is telemedicine abortion, and why is Iowa banning it? The reproductive rights issue you may not have heard about.
- Janet Mocked called out Piers Morgan for sensationalizing and misgendering her on his show, and Piers doubled down on Twitter. More about why the question he asked was the wrong question.
- Lost track of the Supreme Court cases? More on the Massachusetts buffer zone, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, and the stories we tell ourselves.
- Did you miss the SuperBowl? Even if you don’t care about football, you might appreciate the GoldieBlox commercial that aired.
- Next week is V-Day/One Billion Rising. Join us at events in Westchester and in Rockland!
- Today is National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day. Here are some things you should know about the disparities that the black community faces concerning HIV.
- Google has placed a rainbow version of its logo on its search page, increasing pressure on President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The opening ceremony is tonight.
Keeping busy this holiday weekend? These articles will tide you over…
- Once again, Men Dominate House Anti-Abortion Law Hearing
- More on the dehumanizing case of Marlise Munoz from Ilyse Hogue at the Nation
- America is becoming more liberal?
- Interesting: Research suggests married women who don’t take their husbands’ names are judged by others as more intelligent, competent, and ambitious.
- An Oscar-Nominated Director Gets Real About How Women Are Treated in Hollywood
- Can the gender gap get worse? Of course it can.
- We still have spots on the bus for the Day Of Action!
Did you know that Martin Luther King had worked with and for Planned Parenthood? He was awarded the Margaret Sanger award in 1966 – read his acceptance speech here
- Chris Christie is getting into some trouble. Here is a CNN primer on the issue, and here is Rachel Maddow breaking the whole thing wide open last night.
- As Nita Lowey said, here we go again: All-Male Congressional Committee Considers Imposing Far-Reaching Abortion Restrictions.
- Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox flawlessly shut down Katie Couric’s invasive questions.
- Meet SNL’s New Comedian Sasheer Zamata!
- The Bechdel Test movie breakdown of the top 50 movies of 2013: It turns out sexism doesn’t sell.
- Check out the progress we’ve made on same-sex marriage – in two awesome charts.
- Why is the GOP still talking about abortion? Irin Carmon breaks it down.
- Have you heard about PPHP’s annual Day of Action in Albany? Sign up here.
Here are some of the articles you might’ve missed in the midst of the New Year and the snowstorm!
- Supreme Court temporarily blocks contraception mandate in Obamacare
- In The Past 3 Years, We’ve Enacted More Abortion Restrictions Than During The Entire Previous Decade
- Ghana’s Ministry of Health announces plans to build 600 family planning centers
- Federal Obamacare Enrollments Soar Past One Million Mark Through Christmas Eve
- New Year, New Attacks on Abortion Rights
- Boy Scouts now allowing openly gay youth, but still ban leaders.
- TW for rape apology and rape culture: Kicked out of high school for ‘public lewdness’ after reporting rape
- 5 Human Rights Battles to Track in 2014
- President Obama Signs Bill To Combat Sexual Assault In The Military
We will keep fighting in 2014!
Time to wrap up the year! Here are some end-of-year wrap-ups that we thought we’d share with you:
- The Top 5 Moments in 2013′s War on Women (Progressive)
- The 9 Worst States For Reproductive Rights In 2013 (Huffington Post)
- 5 Reasons Women’s Health Supporters Had A Great 2013 (Planned Parenthood Buzzfeed)
- The 9 Worst Things Said About Women, Abortion, and Rape in 2013 (Mother Jones)
- Top 2013 Reproductive Justice Moments (TrustWomen)
- Best feminist music videos of 2013 (Feministing)
- The Three Best and Worst Moments for Women’s Economic Status in 2013 (RHRealityCheck)
- 2013 Recap: The most popular Feministing posts of the year (Part 1) (Feministing)
If you want to help the PPHP Action Fund keep up our momentum in 2014, consider making a year-end donation.
I know that Christmas is tomorrow. I know that it’s holiday time and everyone is blogging about their year-end lists and wrap-ups (we’ve got plans to post that on Friday, don’t worry). But I want to talk about Michigan.
You might’ve seen Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer stand up last week and speak out against a bill that bans private insurance plans from covering abortion, leaving women to seek separate riders for abortion coverage – which some folks are calling “rape insurance.”
Unfortunately, the law was passed on December 11 using a bizarre veto-proof process not often seen in the legislature. In fact, the Republican governor vetoed an identical bill last year saying it “went too far”, so pro-life folks took another route to get the bill passed; it goes into effect in March 2014.
The law does go too far. It goes way too far. Many folks in Michigan may not even have access to those special “abortion riders” for their insurance plans – they might not even exist in the state at all. It goes too far because proponents lied and said that the bill ensures that no taxpayer funds go toward abortion – which is already the case in Michigan. It goes too far because Michigan already has enough pro-life legislation on their plates, thankyouverymuch. It goes too far because Sen. Whitmer said that not one of her colleagues spoke on behalf of the law. It goes too far because 4% of the voting population shouldn’t be enough to make something the law of the land.
And lastly, let’s stop calling it “rape insurance.” Jessica Valenti says “the term ‘rape insurance’ does a disservice to women—and to the reproductive justice movement” because it creates a hierarchy of good/bad abortions, and which ones deserve coverage. We believe that ultimately, abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman, and we think that a woman, not politicians, should make the informed decisions when it comes to her own pregnancy.
Watch Senator Whitmer speak out here: