"In a rare victory for reproductive health advocates in Texas, the federal government has awarded a three-year Title X family planning grant not to the Department of State Health Services, but to the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas (WHFPT), a network of individual providers and clinics that specialize in reproductive health care. It is the first step in rebuilding the state’s family planning infrastructure, which has been significantly weakened by conservative lawmakers on a political crusade against Planned Parenthood." Read more
"Politicians were not elected to, nor should they, legislate the practice of medicine or dictate the parameters of the doctor-patient relationship. Our message to politicians is unequivocal: Get out of our exam rooms."
Another one bites the dust. Kansas just passed the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation in the country. Highlights:
The bill contains provisions to prohibit tax deductions for abortion insurance coverage and abortion services; to provide for a sales tax on abortion; to establish a personhood stance for when life begins; to limit late-term abortions; to prohibit state employees from performing abortions during the workday; and to mandate that doctors tell women that abortion cause breast cancer along with other state-approved health issues.
The bill also allows doctors to withhold medical information from a woman if it might lead her to have an abortion. It prevents medical professionals from facing a medical malpractice suit in the event that withholding the information adversely affects the health of the mother or child. A wrongful death suit could be filed in the event of the mother’s death.
A Catholic-based hospital is taking over medical care in my region, including my kids’ Paediatrics clinic. So I have to either change doctors or make sure the kids know where Planned Parenthood is.
If a pregnancy resulting from rape should be carried to term because we “just need to make the best of a bad situation” (Santorum, et al.)
Is it then appropriate to sterilize convicted rapists? They get such short prison sentences… Should they be allowed to go around creating bad situations for others?
The only problem I see with this plan is the abysmal conviction rate of rapists. But maybe it could be the next retaliatory legislation to be introduced in say, Pennsylvania?