Anti-‘global gag rule’ fund reaches $190M | Devex

The Dutch-led “She Decides” campaign to replace lost funding after the U.S. government’s reinstatement of the “global gag rule” has raised $190 million, it was announced today, which will be divided between NGOs, the UNFPA and government development programs.

Source: Anti-‘global gag rule’ fund reaches $190M | Devex

Abortion and Feminism

Letter to the Editor, NY Times 04 March 2017

By Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women

To the Editor:

Re “Pro-Life, but Left Out,” by Lauren Enriquez (Op-Ed, Feb. 27):

Lauren Enriquez used a suspect Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll to support a shaky critique of the Women’s March on Washington for failing to include an anti-abortion message.

Contrary to the data she cited, a recent Pew Research Center poll concluded that public support for legal abortion was 57 percent, as high as it has been in two decades.

More significantly, a 2015 survey reported overwhelming majorities believe that when a woman has decided to have an abortion, her experience should be: informed by medically accurate information (94 percent), safe (93 percent), without pressure (73 percent), affordable and available in her community (72 percent), and without shame (68 percent).

The Women’s March on Washington was a positive affirmation of women’s rights as human rights, including the right of each of us to make our own informed health care decisions. The march celebrated the millions of women, immigrants, Muslims and others who had been insulted, demonized and threatened by vicious rhetoric in the recent election.

I can’t think of a more inclusive message.

TERRY O’NEILL, WASHINGTON

The writer is president of the National Organization for Women.

“Walking the Gauntlet” – When did the Right to Life Become the Right to Terroize?

HARASSMENT OF WOMEN PATIENTS, CLINICS, AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Walking the Gauntlet demonstrates the extreme tactics employed by the anti-abortion industry to intimidate patients, clinic staff and doctors in front of the clinic on a daily basis. These may appear to be ordinary protesters, but many are in fact trained operatives engaged in a systematic campaign to shut down access to women’s health clinics.

The 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey asked clinics how often they experience anti-abortion activity, including protests and demonstrations. Nearly 25% of clinics report they experience anti-abortion activity at their facility on a daily basis. Another 38.4% report that such activity occurs weekly. Thus, some 63.2% of women’s health clinics nationwide experience frequent and regular anti-abortion activity. An additional 27.9% of clinics report occasional activity. This means that the overwhelming majority of clinics (91.1%) report experiencing some type of anti-abortion activity in the first half of 2016, with 63.2% of providers experiencing activity at least once a week. By contrast, in 2014, 88% of clinics reported experiencing some type of anti-abortion activity, with 42.8% reporting weekly activity.

In addition to daily, weekly, and occasional harassment and intimidation of clinics, there are planned events targeting clinics by groups Operation Rescue, Operation Save America, Created Equal, and others.

For example, in July 2016, Operation Save America targeted two clinics in Wichita, Kansas, for a week of hostile demonstrations to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the so-called Summer of Mercy against Dr. George Tiller’s clinic. Tiller, who was shot 5 times in 1993 and experienced severe harassment from 2002-2009 by the campaign of Operation Rescue to close Tiller’s clinics.

On February 11, 2017, Planned Parenthood clinics will be the focus of a series of protests nationwide by primary sponsors Created Equal, Pro-Life Action League, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.

Created Equal was founded in Ohio by Mark Harrington (formerly the leader of the Genocide Awareness Project for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform) in 2011. Created Equal’s Killers Among Us Campaign (#KillersAmongUs) specializes in harassing and intimidating clinics and physicians. Created Equal creates and distributes WANTED-style flyers and posters with the photographs, names, and home addresses of physicians and the group has terrorized doctors at their homes in Ohio, New Mexico, California, and other states. Created Equal and Operation Rescue have joined together to sponsor demonstrations against abortion providers.

The Pro Life Action League was founded by Joseph Scheidler in 1980. Scheidler published in 1985 Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, a virtual how-to manual of the militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that contains instruction on how to “picket the abortionists’ homes”, “use ‘inflammatory rhetoric'”, and how to “get information from license plates.”

The Feminist Majority Foundation thanks the following individuals and organizations for their contribution to this video: Melissa Arjona, Michelle Davis, Wendi Kent, Lauren Rankin, Laurie Roberts, Multimedia Journalist and Documentary Film Maker Rebecca Sesny, Women’s Health Specialists & Shireen Dada Whitaker, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Louisville Clinic Escorts at everysaturdaymorning.net, Feminist Flag Corps, Austin NOW, NOW-NYC, and The Pink House Defenders.

 

 

Central Oregon Coast NOW Endorses the Oregon Reproductive Health Equity Act

The Board of Central Oregon Coast NOW unanimously voted to endorse the Oregon Reproductive Health Equity Act.  Several members will be going to the state Capitol on February 28 to show support for the bill.  This Act has also been endorsed by the Board of Oregon NOW.

Reproductive Health Equity Act
Leading the Nation in Progressive Reproductive Health and Justice!Thank you for signing on as endorsing organization for the Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA). This legislation is an important leap toward ensuring that all Oregonians have meaningful access to the care they need. The RHEA of 2017 will call upon the Oregon Legislature to:

* Close loopholes in the ACA provision that prohibits insurers from imposing co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance on preventive reproductive health services.

* Add abortion to the list of reproductive health services that commercial plans must cover at zero out-of-pocket cost.

* Establish coverage for the full range of reproductive health care, including family planning, abortion and postpartum care, for Oregonians who are categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status.

* Codify a nondiscrimination clause that prohibits discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of gender identity, in reproductive health coverage.

Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians. That’s why everyone in Oregon, regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity or type of insurance, needs access to the full range of reproductive health services.

In Solidarity,
Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon: ACLU of Oregon, APANO, Family Forward, NARAL Pro-Choice of Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center

 

People in Salem, Ore., protesting for women’s rights in solidarity with the march in Washington.CreditAnna Reed/Statesman-Journal, via Associated Press

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, coverage of birth control with no co-payment is one of many benefits that Americans could lose. Now legislators in Oregon have introduced a bill intended to protect access to birth control in the state, along with a broad range of other reproductive health care services, including abortion.

The measure would require insurers in Oregon to cover all types of contraceptive drugs and devices approved by the Food and Drug Administration with no co-payment, co-insurance or deductible. It would extend the same requirement to a number of reproductive health services, including prenatal care, well-woman visits, screening for sexually transmitted infections, voluntary sterilization and abortion.

The bill also includes a provision that would prohibit insurers from discriminating against patients based on gender identity — for example, by refusing to cover gynecological exams for transgender women.

Under the Affordable Care Act, 30 million women gained co-pay-free access to preventive services like contraception, according to an estimate by the Department of Health and Human Services. An increase in the use of long-acting birth control methods has helped decrease the rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion nationwide.

By codifying the protections of the Affordable Care Act, the bill would protect Oregonians’ access to birth control and other preventive health care in the event of a repeal.

But the Oregon bill would go beyond the Affordable Care Act by establishing a comprehensive list of essential reproductive health services that must be covered without a co-payment. Its sponsors recognized that people need access to the full range of reproductive health care in order to participate fully in society and the economy. Especially for patients with high-deductible health plans, abortion can be prohibitively expensive even if it is covered.

The bill, which is expected to come up for debate in March, may serve as a model for other states. New York is already moving in the right direction, with regulations announced this month to require insurers to provide co-pay-free coverage of contraceptives and abortions deemed medically necessary by a doctor.

Oregon’s bill is a powerful defense, at the state level, of necessary reproductive health care.