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Until now, consensual homosexual sex was a criminal action in Alabama. Now, civil rights organizations in the states are celebrating a state appeals court ruling the ban unconstitutional.
Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the country, so an initiative led by the University of Alaska will provide pregnancy tests in many bar bathrooms to urge people who may be pregnant without knowing it to "think before you drink." The group installing the pregnancy test dispensers also plans to put condoms in the bar restrooms, but they're not being covered with the state dollars designated for the program.
A bill that further redefines the state's current third trimester abortion ban has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, and it will make it even harder for women to get abortions due to medial concerns.
Governor Bobby Jindal is on a roll. He recently signed two bills that will 1) likely lead to the closure of all but one Louisiana abortion clinic and 2) limit sex education for many people in the state.
A GOP lawmaker in Michigan has introduced a bill that would make abortion completely illegal after a fetuses' heartbeat can be heard, which is about six weeks into pregnancy—before many women even know they are pregnant. If it passes, precedent suggests it will be deemed unconstitutional.
Regulations written to specifically close abortion clinics may soon be claiming Toledo's last abortion clinic, since it does not meet the requirement for the legally required transfer agreement with a local hospital.
While Texas reproductive health care providers are still fighting to push back the sweeping abortion law, we have at least one small victory. Two doctors previously revoked of their admitting privileges (essentially making them unable to provide legal abortions) had their privileges reinstated after suing for discrimination.
LAUREN MACK, SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
The future of birth control access in America will be decided in the next few days — are you ready?
The Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius that could allow bosses to deny women coverage for birth control based solely on their personal beliefs.
As with a lot of cases that come to the Supreme Court, the legal issues can get pretty complicated. Planned Parenthood Federation of America teamed up with UltraViolet to lay out a few possible directions for the biggest Supreme Court decision of the year:
Here at Planned Parenthood, we know that the decision to use birth control is between a woman and her doctor, not her boss. It's not the role of private, for-profit businesses to make decisions about women's health care for their employees based on their owners' personal religious beliefs. You should definitely check out this two-minute primer, in which Cecile Richards lays out why the birth control benefit is important and just what's at stake at the Supreme Court.
While we don't know the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case yet, we do know there will be a lot to talk about, and potentially many actions to take. That's why Born After Roe's next advocacy salon revolves around this topic.
Born After Roe Advocacy Salons are always free and open to any Planned Parenthood supporter. Come be a part of the discussion at Bulldog N.E. on July 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP HERE.
LAUREN MACK, SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
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This Saturday, June 14, marks a day we've been waiting excitedly for at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota headquarters for a long, long time—the launch of the METRO Green Line. Adding another way to reach the Vandalia Street health center in St. Paul conveniently is cause for celebration, and celebrating is precisely what we plan to do.
Stations all along the new light rail line are hosting parties through the day, highlighting what makes the neighborhood at each stop unique. While you're riding the line (for free) to check them all out, hop off at the stop nearest PPMNS—the Raymond Avenue station—to see what the Creative Enterprise Zone has to offer.
Two stages will have back-to-back performances by local artists and musicians all day. Roving Mad Libs, pop-up public art, live mural making, human sculpture, and roller derby demonstrations are only a fraction of the many activities you'll find at the Raymond Station party. It's friendly for kids and fun for grown-ups, meaning it's an all around a can't-miss event.
And don't forget to stop by Planned Parenthood at 671 Vandalia Street. Volunteers will be passing out condom roses, a craft specialty of ours.
Check out this full list of Raymond Station goings-on, then come say hi on Saturday.
The Bemidji Pioneer published a fantastic profile of Planned Parenthood educator Anna Goldtooth on how a chance encounter set her on a path to rediscover herself and re-examine her roots.
From the interview:
Goldtooth made the decision to major in Indian Studies at BSU, which helped her connect more deeply to her culture. During her coursework, she began realizing that the people she was reading about in books were not strangers, but her ancestors and relatives. She learned about traditional cultural beliefs and practices that contained valuable wisdom for today. She also became aware of the atrocities her people faced in the past, such as having their children taken and placed in abusive boarding schools, forced sterilization of women, the outlawing of their spiritual ceremonies and traditions, and the suppression of their language.
Doing some personal research, she found her friends could identify relatives who were given experimental birth control against their will by health professionals, and her own great-grandmother (and namesake) died during childbirth from medical mistreatment. She started to see how this historical trauma was affecting her community today, and the information empowered her. "I felt like I could see the bigger picture of what's going on," she says. "Indian Studies really gave me the tools and the language to talk about the experiences that we've had. That's given me more confidence."
That confidence led her to apply at Planned Parenthood, where she now uses the knowledge and tools she's gained to empower other young people. "This work is very personal for me." she states. "It's not just a way to get a paycheck. I'm talking about the things that me or my friends experienced growing up."
We're so lucky to count smart, genuine women like Anna as colleagues at Planned Parenthood. Read the full profile here.