I know it's been a long time since I last posted. Things have been crazy at work, and I have a little bit of a social life. I have a ton of articles I've been bookmarking to share with you. Hold on, it's a long one:
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that health insurance can NOT include prescriptive contraception. “Union Pacific’s health plans do not cover any contraception used by women such as birth control, sponges, diaphragms, intrauterine devices or tubal ligations or any contraception used by men such as condoms and vasectomies,” the opinion said. “Therefore, the coverage provided to women is not less favorable than that provided to men.”
Kroger, a grocery store, had an incident where one of its employees refused to dispense the Morning After Pill. The refusal violated Kroger policies. Speaking of oral contraceptives, CNN posted the top 10 Pill Myths Debunked.
Tampax is starting to market via social networking, by targeting female high school atheltes on Takkle.com. I'm not joining, so I can't see the product's page (I am neither an athlete nor anywhere near high school age) but I can see the "Upgrade!" picture of Tampax Pearl.
When the baby's death is inevitable, families can create a plan to care for the children as they die. Often, these parents chose to abort, but many choose to spend the short amount of time they have with the baby.
Couples having fertility issues sometimes use alternative therapies like acupuncture and herbal remedies. Also, gay men have their own special fertility program.
I thought this was already introduced, since I emailed a friend at NWLC about it a few days ago, but a bill has been introduced that will forbid federal funds from being used on the HPV Vaccine. Speaking of HPV, there is not enough general awareness of the virus. Additionally, the legislative push back in Texas is going strong, fighting against the Governor's declaration that all girls be vaccinated in 6th grade; the bill moving forward makes the vaccine purely optional. New Mexico may require the the vaccine.
As if we haven't heard enough about Polish abortion rights, there are new moves to limit those rights. Attempts are being made to insert the following language into the Constitution: there is a "right to life from the moment of conception". Nearby, the UN determined that Hungary was at fault for the non-consented sterilization of a Roma woman and that the sterilization was a violation of human rights. Back on this side of the Atlantic, Mexico City is planning on legalizing abortion.
Eric told me about post-abortion e-cards. The cards express confidence in the woman's decision, sympathy for her loss, and God's love. As I have expressed repeatedly, abortion can even be a good experience; Guttmacher recently released a report showing that women who have abortions achieve higher levels of education.
To end on a slightly humorous note, Neil sent me an Onion article on an actress' abortion being written into her TV show.