Honor Roe By Funding Abortions

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. We’ve been sharing the history of Roe, and we’ll continue to be talking about Roe throughout the month.  But I thought we could take a quick time out from the history lessons and talk about how we can all honor Roe right now – today – all year.

One of the biggest challenges for patient access to abortion is funding.  Economic access intersects race, class, age, gender, and sexual orientation lines.  While an abortion in the first trimester may only cost $350 – $500 (and I say this very loosely), that’s still a lot of money to obtain.  As patients struggle to raise that money, the cost increases the longer they wait – and so does the need for more financial help.

Arizona has some of the worst abortion laws in the US. We seem to like setting the example for other states to follow.  We had three anti-abortion bills pass in 2012, and the bill that has received the most national attention is the 20-week gestation ban.  The bill provides a crazy definition of when gestation starts, so the bill has an injunction while the courts debate when pregnancy actually occurs.  However, when the bill goes into effect, many patients will have to travel out of state to get an abortion – which will only increase the cost and difficulty of obtaining their health care.

The proof is in the pudding.  [Read more...]

Tell John Boehner How Much You Love Planned Parenthood

Do you love Planned Parenthood? Do you think John Boehner can kiss your ass? Well, you can tell John Boehner just how much you love Planned Parenthood by donating to Planned Parenthood in his honor.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana to Close 6 Clinics

planned parenthoodPlanned Parenthood of Indiana announced this week that a total of six clinics will close in the state, bringing the total number of Planned Parenthood clinics down from 34 to 28. According to the Indianapolis Star:

The closing of the clinics, as well as an operational shakeup, is due to a loss of funding, said President and CEO Betty Cockrum . . . The remaining clinics will keep the same hours and be open at convenient times when clients really need them, including weekends and evenings.

There are 17 full-time and 8 part-time jobs being cut at all levels, from patient services to finance to administration to managers.

The Indiana Business Journal adds this: [Read more...]