Pro-choice News Roundup

NC ACLU Sues Over “Choose Life” License Place.

How Abortion Rights Affect Sex. Boston Daily.

Memo to Bachmann: 10 Women Who are More Important than Anti-Feminist Phyllis Schlafly. Think Progress.

Erykah Badu Training as Midwife. Third Age.

What New Legal Obstacles in Ohio Could Mean for Women. RH Reality Check.

It’s a Pregnancy, Not a Political Prop

One woman became unexpectedly pregnant for a third time. Another woman very briefly considered having an abortion after learning that she was pregnant with a special-needs child.

Both women decided to continue with their pregnancies. Not every woman would have made the same choice, but these women were able to make the decision that was best for them and their families. The first woman had a miscarriage; the second woman had a child with Downs’s Syndrome.

Unexceptional, common stories, right? Except that the first woman is GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann, and the second woman is perennial maybe-candidate Sarah Palin. Both women have spoken publicly about how their very personal pregnancy decisions have underscored their commitment to anti-choice policies and beliefs.  [Read more...]

Michelle Bachmann Fear Mongers in the House of Representatives

Michelle BachmannMichelle Bachmann officially raised the bar for crazy on Wednesday night as she spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives. Bachmann attempts to convince both the House of Representatives and the American people that the democrats health care reform package, if passed, will inevitably lead to a nationwide take over by Planned Parenthood. Specifically, she isolates school clinics as the epicenter of her abortion paranoia. According to Bachmann, Planned Parenthood is going to invade the lives of your children, turn schools into sex clinics, and promote abortion to your 13 year old children. Her words exactly,

“And written in this bill is a provision whereby Planned Parenthood could become a proprietor for school-based clinics in every school across United States. These have been more accurately called school sex clinics … And as a matter of fact, the bill goes on to say what’s going to go on — comprehensive primary health services, physicals, treatment of minor acute medical conditions, referrals to follow-up for specialty care — is that abortion? Does that mean that someone’s 13 year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and dad are never the wiser.”

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