More from the Guttmacher Institute


States Enact Record Number of Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2011

July 13, 2011

In the first six months of 2011, states enacted 162 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Fully 49% of these new laws seek to restrict access to abortion services, a sharp increase from 2010, when 26% of new laws restricted abortion. The 80 abortion restrictions enacted this year are more than double the previous record of 34 abortion restrictions enacted in 2005—and more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010. All of these new provisions were enacted in just 19 states.


In the US, women are being regulated -- to death.  Are we going back to hangers and back streets?

Read the article at the Guttmacher Institute media center: States Enact Record Number of Abortion Restrictions in First Half of 2011.

House Votes to Strip Planned Parenthood of Federal Funding – ABC News

Thank you, Rep. Jackie Speier, for speaking up and clarifying the gross waste of time going on in our House of Representatives. Wake up and stop these “personal vendettas” and help the people of our country to get jobs, healthcare, care for their children, get an education, be able to pay for their food to feed their families. What a travesty is our current House.

The House of Representatives Friday passed a measure to end federal funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood a day after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., brought the chamber to stunned silence after describing her own personal experience with abortion.

via House Votes to Strip Planned Parenthood of Federal Funding – ABC News.

200 years that changed the world – – DATA Visualization!

Data visualization is so powerful. At they have taken over 400 tables of data from reputable sources (e.g., ILO, WHO, UN)  collected over spans of years and dynamically graphed them to show parts of the world (poor, middle, and wealthy, etc.) and allow a time lapse view of the changes. It’s incredible!

Watch this one first. Hans Rosling explains the process.  Fabulous teaching tool.

200 years that changed the world –

Wealth & Health of Nations from

Here are more examples. Note the categories of the two axes and the play button which will display the period of time the data covers from oldest to most current (usually around 2008 for the latest data).  I find you can also manually (and slowly) go through the visualization, mousing over the various circles to identify each country as it moves.

In the top menu, click on DATA to see all the different charts and tables available. You also can search on a particular facet.

Lots of presentations to download, TED talks by Hans Rosling, and help for instruction.  I believe students will understand the big issues presented in this manner.

Let me know if you have used them or use them in the future or find a particularly effective visualization which makes a global view and understanding  more apparent to your students.

The Hush on Abortion — In These Times

The Hush on Abortion — In These Times.

Features » April 9, 2010

What the silence surrounding black abortion rates says about race relations in America.

By Shell Fischer

Film still from Silent Choices (Photo by: Melissa Cliver)

Black women frequently feel a tension between asking for government support for access to family planning and opposing efforts by policymakers to use birth control to limit family size.

Several years ago, during their “annual argument about abortion,” documentary filmmaker Faith Pennick’s pro-life friend asserted that as African Americans, they shouldn’t be arguing in the first place, since abortion is a “white woman’s issue” and black women have more important things to worry about.

Shocked by this statement, Pennick started doing extensive research to dispute her friend’s assertion, and the result was Silent Choices, an award-winning documentary that explores black women’s experiences with abortion—a topic Pennick and other black reproductive rights activists say is blanketed in silence.

“White women not only allow themselves to talk about this issue, but willingly own it and take it on as the bellwether of politics, of why they vote,” Pennick says. “But as black women, we feel if we acknowledge we have abortions, or even considered having an abortion, we’re going to be looked down upon not only as women, but as a race.”

This silence is significant, Pennick says, when one considers a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute that shows black women obtain abortions at rates three to five times higher than white women.

Read the entire article at The Hush on Abortion — In These Times. Thanks to Delia Aguilar for this link.

Exposing Fake Women’s Health Clinics

Exposing Fake Women’s Health Clinics from Stuart Productions on Vimeo.


Find over 20 short videos on important women’s issues: reproductive rights, sex education, clinics, religion and abortion. Be sure you check the menu of Stuart Productions. Here are a few available:

For more information, go to

More on baby gender selection and discounts

Sometimes people may wonder how librarians find the information they do.  It’s genetic. My profs in Library school called it having an I-gene. But that I-gene can really lead to some strange travels, one of which I had today.

June 22, 2009 Web excursion:

Went back to (sociology site of great interest), went to their blogs section and found a blog posting on an issue I had blogged about recently — Baby gender control. So I clicked:

At the end of the article, I learned a new term:

“By the way, on a discursive note, sex selection is called “family balancing” by some clinics. What an excellent example of re-framing!”

Love learning new terms. 🙂

So, I searched Google for “family balancing”

19,000 results the first of which was


Okay, I’ll bite.  After all there’s a money back Gender Guarantee. 🙂

Is this a hoax site? As seen on TV? BBBOnLine? Looks a bit hokey to me but I decide to plod on.

Wow! Lots of different kits for baby boy and baby girl making. What would my old granny have said? Then I hit the jackpot:

Found a 15% Discount if I went to and searched on GenSelect. So I did…

Of course, I didn’t tell you about trying to decide which kind of Mommy I am — classic, trendy, retro, or princess.

Oh my, I am glad I don’t have to debate all these choices.

Drizzle drazzle drozzle drone… Time for this one to go home.

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