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Shocking: Republicans Believe in Life Before Birth and After Death, But NOT In Between.

Ultimate Birth Control by Ann Rose

Seventeen children died in yet another school shooting this week. The party that cares only about children before they are born has done nothing to stop more kids from dying. Instead, their focus on forcing women to birth babies they do not want or cannot care for remains steadfast. Here are five new ways anti-choice zealots are working to control women as they ignore the needs of living, breathing children.

Mississippi House Passes Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban 

Mississippi abortion clinics might soon be prohibited from providing abortions past 15 weeks gestation. The state already bans abortions past 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This week, the majority-Republican house voted to ban all abortions beyond 15 weeks. The measure garnered some support from Democrats, apparently ever willing to throw women under the bus.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Co-Opt Google Maps

Women who seek abortion clinics or a pregnancy test on Google maps may be diverted to crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) instead. CPCs offer little or no medical care, but do tell women lies about the physical and psychological perils of abortion. Some even lie to women about the services they offer, in an attempt to stall a woman’s abortion. In so doing, they may cause a woman to wait until her second trimester, when abortions become more expensive and more legally restricted.

Georgetown University students recently tested what happens to women who call CPCs seeking help. They found that these centers are often dishonest about their intentions. Rather than using overtly anti-choice language, they use covert tactics to stall women seeking abortions, and to instill fear about the procedure. Yet they offer few or no resources or support for women undertaking the Herculean task of raising a child born from an unplanned pregnancy.

Arizona Wants Women to Justify Their Abortions

In Arizona, the Health and Human Services committee approved Senate Bill 1394 along party lines. The bill would require abortion providers to review a checklist of possible reasons for abortions, allowing the state to gather data on why women seek abortions. While the law does not ban abortions for specific reasons, the process could make women seeking abortions feel threatened—or even create the illusion that a woman can only seek an abortion if the government thinks her reason is good enough.

Tennessee Votes to Force Women to Look at Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds

Legislators in the Tennessee House recently approved legislation requiring women to undergo ultrasounds prior to seeking an abortion. The original version of the bill would have banned abortion after a heartbeat can be detected—usually around 6 weeks gestation. In a new version of the law, abortion providers would be required to perform an ultrasound, then share the results with women seeking abortions. Democratic Representative Sherry Jones, in a floor debate, called the measure “emotional abuse.”

Trump Administration Budget Endangers Women

The Trump Administration recently unveiled FY2019 budget could slash programs for women and children. It creates significant additional requirements for low-income people seeking support services, reduces Medicaid funding, and blocks access to preventative care at Planned Parenthood and similar clinics.

May Rupert, Senior Director of Policy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement:

“President Trump’s proposed budget harms women, families, immigrants, low-income people and all others who deserve a government that protects and respects their rights, health and well-being.

“Instead of using this opportunity to propose meaningful investments that would improve the health and well-being of women and families, the Trump administration has created a budget that erects barriers to critical healthcare coverage and services for women.

“This budget does not represent a meaningful starting point for negotiation. Congress must flat-out reject this effort to make it more difficult for women to access abortion and essential services.”

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Metropolitan Medical Associates, Englewood, New Jersey

Metropolitan Medical Associates: Abortion Clinic in Englewood New Jersey

Metropolitan Medical Associates - abortion clinic in Englewood, NJ

http://www.metropolitanmedicalassociates.com

MMA is the largest State Licensed Ambulatory Care Gynecological Center of NJ providing Gyneocological and Abortion services to women for almost 40 years.

At our Englewood NJ Center, we perform non-surgical abortions (Abortion pill / MIFEPREX) and surgical abortions up to 24 weeks. Our Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologists have over 100 years cumulative experience in this field, making MMA the center with the most experience gynecologists not only in the state but nationally too. We are licenced in the state of New Jersey for these procedures for over 30 years.

Our goal

Our goal is to provide quality medical care to women with the utmost regard for privacy, dignity and confidentiality. We are fully equipped with the latest surgical and diagnostic instruments, including ultrasound, on the premises.

Certification

Our dedicated team of Board Certified Gynecologists, with combined experience of over 100 years in their field, is the finest in the state of New Jersey and has privileges in the nearby Englewood Hospital. They are specially certified by the NJ Board of Medical Examiners to perform abortions up to 24 weeks of gestation, perform surgical abortion, non-surgical abortion and administer the Abortion Pill.

Metropolitan Medical Associates

40 Engle Street, Englewood NJ 07631

Call: 201.567.0522 | 800.932.0378

For more information please call us Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM through Midnight.

We are located in Englewood, NJ (3 miles from the George Washington Bridge). We are easily accessible by the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Routes 80, 46, 17, and 4.

 

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, Knoxville Tennessee

Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health abortion clinic in Knoxville, TN

http://www.kcrh.com

Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health is a small not-for-profit educational reproductive health center dedicated to providing a wide range of medical services, including pregnancy testing, routine gynecological care, medical abortion (Abortion Pill) up to 10 weeks, first trimester aspiration and second trimester abortion up to 15 weeks, Morning After Pill, family planning counseling, and contraceptive (birth control) options.  The Center is fully licensed by the State of Tennessee.

We boast — “the most experienced clinic staff in the region.”

We are a member of the National Abortion Federation (”NAF”), an organization consisting of more than 300 abortion providers committed to protecting the availability of safe, legal abortion in the United States.

As of July 1, 2015, Tennessee politicians have imposed a 48 HOUR WAITING PERIOD requiring 2 trips to receive abortion services.

Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health provides abortion services to surrounding counties including, Washington, Sullivan, McMinn, Hamblen, Bradley, Putnam, Cumberland, Rhea, Morgan, Scott, Roane, Cocke, Hawkins, and Greene County.

Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health - abortion clinic in Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health
1547 W. Clinch Ave. Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

office (865) 637-3861 | toll-free (800) 325-5357

Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health

5 Abortion Pill Facts You Probably Don’t Know

Anti-choice activists hide abortion pill facts.

Abortion pill facts can dispel myths about this safe abortion option.

The abortion pill makes up about a quarter of all abortions. When scientific evidence highlighted the safety of the pill in 2016, the FDA relaxed guidelines. So the popularity of the abortion pill will likely continue to increase. This pill is a favorite talking point for right wing anti-choice activists. That’s likely because it makes abortion a more convenient option, and gives the woman substantial control over when and under what circumstances to terminate her pregnancy. Misconceptions about the abortion pill are common. That’s in spite of the fact that, for many women, it’s an affordable and relatively easy option. Here are five abortion pill facts you should know.

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Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions Harm Women

How Pre-existing Condition Exclusions Harm Women under the Republican-backed health reform bill.

Pregnancy is one of many pre-existing conditions for which Republicans want to deny care.

Republicans have long promised to “repeal and replace” the law that made coverage for pre-existing medical conditions mandatory. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, people with medical issues dubbed pre-existing conditions were denied health care, even if they had paid for insurance for years. An $8 billion last-minute fix attempts to fund some care for people with pre-existing conditions. But health care experts say it’s not enough. And it doesn’t mandate (or fund) coverage for pre-existing conditions like the Affordable Care Act did.

 

So what exactly is a pre-existing condition? It’s any medical condition, no matter how trivial, that existed prior to a person’s plan. When coverage for these conditions isn’t mandated, insurers can deny coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition. This means sick people often can’t get health insurance. But it also means that people who think they have no relevant pre-existing conditions might still be denied care. For example, a woman with ovarian cancer might be denied coverage because she had an ovarian cyst 10, 20, or 70 years before.

Pre-existing condition exclusions harm women especially. That’s not an accident. The Republican administration and Republican Congress have targeted women for months.

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Republican Attorney General Says Tennessee Abortion Ban is ‘Constitutionally Suspect’

A Republican attorney general says a Tennessee abortion ban may be illegal.

A Tennessee abortion ban attempts to limit women’s access to abortion.

A new Tennessee abortion ban bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks. The bill, sponsored by Republican legislators, was roundly criticized by women’s rights groups. In testimony about the bill, one woman cried and called the bill “cruel.” Now, opponents of the bill are getting support from an unlikely source. Tennessee’s Republican attorney general, Herbert H. Slattery, III, has called the bill “constitutionally suspect.”

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How the Republican Replacement for the Affordable Care Act Will Affect Women’s Health

The replacement for the Affordable Care Act endangers women's health.

The Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act could reduce women’s access to healthcare, including birth control and preventative services.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has been a rallying cry of the GOP for eight years. Now that they’re finally getting their chance, Republican leaders are struggling to find a politically acceptable replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare greatly expanded women’s access to healthcare, so Republican attempts at repeal pose a direct threat to millions of women. Here’s what could change.

Republican Replacement for the Affordable Care Act: Changes Now, Changes Later, and an Uncertain Future

The Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act is a fiscal reconciliation bill. It’s also, they say, just the first in a series of legislation. So we don’t yet know how extensive the changes will be, or when they will come. So far, Republican changes include only defunding Planned Parenthood, draconian abortion regulations, and a massive scale back of Medicaid.

Planned Parenthood Funding

Republicans have been at war with Planned Parenthood, a major provider of women’s healthcare, for years. Unsurprisingly, their new plan completely defunds the organization. This could leave millions of women without access to birth control, reproductive health counseling, and other vital services.

Abortion Coverage

The Hyde amendment already prohibits any public funding of abortion. The new Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act would go further. Tax credits for healthcare coverage are a signature feature of the new legislation. But Republicans want to prohibit tax credits for any plan that covers abortion—even if the plan recipient never has an abortion. This could reduce the number of plans eligible for tax cuts, while encouraging insurers to refuse to cover abortion care.

Medicaid Access

The Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act would scale back Medicaid coverage. Funding for Medicaid would be given to the states. However, funding would be capped, and coverage would be limited, reducing the total number of people eligible for care. This could have disastrous effects on preventative care, including for women’s health.

Birth Control Coverage

For now, birth control coverage is safe. As one of the most popular features of the ACA, coverage for birth control has saved countless women thousands of dollars. To anti-choice Republicans, birth control access should be a no-brainer. Research shows that birth control access can prevent abortions. Yet Republican opposition to abortion seemingly has little to do with protecting life. Republicans have steadfastly opposed the ACA’s birth control mandate. It’s likely that as soon as they get the chance, they’ll remove birth control coverage, throwing millions of women’s reproductive futures into uncertainty.

Maternity Coverage

Republicans apparently aren’t sufficiently pro-life to want to fund the costs of carrying a baby to term. For years, Republican men have insisted they shouldn’t have to cover pregnancy and childbirth, even as they insist that women cover male-specific treatments such as prostate cancer screening and Viagra.

The Affordable Care Act requires all insurance plans to cover maternity care. Prior to the law, most employer-backed policies offered maternity coverage, but other plans rarely did. Moreover, even employer-supported plans often featured significant coverage gaps. While Republicans have not yet moved to eliminate the maternity care mandate, their long-time opposition to this piece of the legislation suggests they may soon attack it.

With average birth costs ranging from $10,000-$40,000 without insurance, this could put many women into bankruptcy solely because they chose to have a baby.

Incarcerated Women Denied Abortions, and Other Terrifying Abortion Regulations

Under President Trump, Republicans will likely get at least two Supreme Court nominees. States across the country have reacted with more abortion restrictions. From incarcerated women denied abortions to laws completely banning the procedure, restrictive legislation is increasing. If the right case goes before the Supreme Court, abortion rights could end. Even if Roe vs. Wade survives, fewer abortion rights under President Trump are nearly inevitable. To learn more, read our Daily Kos blog for more details.

Judge Rules Doctors Can Discriminate Against Women Who Have Had Abortions

Doctors cannot be compelled to perform abortions. But a federal judge has ruled that this religious protection is insufficient. A Texas district judge has ruled that doctors can refuse to treat women who have had abortions and people who identify as transgender. Read our Daily Kos post on the ruling here.

Even More Evidence That Abortion Doesn’t Undermine Mental Health

Yet another study has demonstrated that abortion doesn’t harm women’s mental health. Women who can’t get abortions, however, do suffer mental health issues. State legislatures continue to claim otherwise. Some have even forced doctors to lie to women about abortion’s effects. To learn about the study, read our Daily Kos post here.