Happy Halloween! As the end of the year approaches I'm filled with thoughts of what I need to do, want to do, and have to do before the calendar rolls over. Such an arbitrary date, but it means something to me nonetheless. And what about the feminist movement? What have we actually accomplished this year? What's my role in all of this? What do we have left to do? And what can we get done in the next 8 weeks?
In spite of all of this, here are some news stories:
In Kansas, the investigation of Dr. George Tiller was blocked. Dr. Tiller performs abortions, and has been the target of much anti-choice maneuvering. A report by the Denver Public School system recommends that birth control be available at schools in order to reduce the teen pregnancy rate and STI rate. AGI publication on the role of Medicaid in family planning (.pdf) The LA Times debunks the idea that women will substitute adoption for abortion if given information and access to services. Teen pregnancy rates in DC dropping.
George Will has a column about abortion in America, including the make-up of SCOTUS, the Presidential election, and the majority's support for abortion.
Abortion illegal in Northern Ireland. Cardinal Corman Murphy-O'Connor pens an article about abortion in England and Wales. He writes that he supports decreasing the time limit after which abortion is banned (from 24 weeks to 22 weeks, is the current proposal.) Access to abortion, even in Canada, is limited. The Pope is calling on pharmacists to stop dispensing RU-486. Latin American abortion bans don't stop women from having abortions.
Cellcept, an immunosuppressant drug used for transplant patients, may cause miscarriage and birth defects, warns the FDA. Skipping the stirrups? A study was done in Georgia on about 200 women who had pap tests either using stirrups or not; the accuracy of the pap was not affected. Pre-cancerous lesions indicate high risk for cervical cancer up to 25 years after the lesion is removed. Twins separated at birth for experiment reunite.
Requisite animal story: birth control for pigeons on Staten Island.