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Pro-Choice News Roundup: The Government Shutdown and You

Posted by Blogging Czar Lauren Kuhlik

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Planned Parenthood Filing Suit to Block Reach of Texas 20-Week Abortion Ban: Planned Parenthood v. Abbott will specifically attack two provisions of the law: restrictions on the abortion pill and a requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals.  These two provisions are set to go into effect October 29, so it is vitally important that their implementation is blocked as soon as possible.  There will likely be other suits against the law, since the law prohibits all abortion after 20 weeks and will require clinics to meet surgical ambulatory clinic standards in September, 2014.  A recent survey found that nearly half of women in Texas seeking abortion were unable to get their preferred method of birth control in the months before the abortion because of cost or other obstacles.  So again, let’s repeat: data have shown that we can decrease abortion rates by providing birth control and sex education, not by intimidating women and enacting absurd restrictions.  [Planned Parenthood]

Hey Guys, Do You Think Republicans Still Hate Women? Spoiler Alert: They do! How about poor people? Yep!! Like spoiled toddlers, Republicans have demanded a laundry list of things, including cuts to food stamps and slashing Planned Parenthood funding, in exchange for keeping the government open.  Their wet dream of a budget proposal would delay the implementation of Obamacare for at least a year, and would remove the free contraception requirement from all health plans.  How can this party claim to be patriotic with a straight face?  [The Hill]

Making Poor People Poorer is What Makes America Great: The government is almost definitely going to shut down tomorrow morning.  Exactly how great the impact will be demands in part on how long the shutdown lasts.  One thing is certain though: legislators will not lose their funding, but poor mothers will.  The federal government will stop paying for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, which provides desperately-needed assistance to women and children in need.  States may be able to cover the funding gaps briefly, but they will not be able to sustain the program themselves for more than a few days.   [Think Progress]

This Texas Website Promoting Abstinence is Actually Hilarious: Seriously, read it.  Texas has a super high teen pregnancy rates, which did not decrease even when the national average did.  Other states managed to provide greater access to contraception. Texas decided to deny that contraception exists at all.  There is no mention of any kind of birth control on the whole site, because the site’s founders are focused primarily on “delaying sexual activity” to prevent pregnancy.  Because telling teenagers not to have sex totally works.  After all, it’s done so well for them so far. [Texas Observer]

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