Why the Komen/Planned Parenthood Breakup—While It Lasted—Was Good for Feminism: from The Nation


A box for the Sephora Collection Pink Eyelash Curler. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Thank you, Amy Schiller, for writing this amazing, illuminating, and clarifying piece. Perfectly phrased, spot on the dilemmas in this world of big marketing strategies and how it uses feminism for own capitalist, patriarchal, and neoliberalist goals. Bravo.

For the past decade, this has been the feminist’s lament: How do we identify the line where feminism becomes a marketing strategy for the very patriarchy it nominally opposes—selling a non-threatening agenda that doesn’t buck the status quo? It’s often hard to tell reclamation from capitulation, and easier to rely on shorthand symbols like, say, the color pink and “you go girl” sloganeering; it’s tempting to assume that everyone’s on the same ideological page. By the time you realize that’s not the case, you’ve already purchased hundreds of dollars of carcinogenic cosmetics and applauded NFL players accused of sexual assault for courageously donning pink shoes.

Read the entire article here —



The World’s Abortion Laws: An Interactive Map from CRR

Can I Get an Abortion Here? The Abortion Rights Map of the World
posted by Amanda Hess

When does human life begin, and a woman’s reproductive rights end? Depending on a woman’s location in the world, the answer can depend on her age, mental health, and socioeconomic status. Governments around the world have instituted a complex network of restrictions and exceptions in an attempt to negotiate the abortion question. Now, the Center for Reproductive Rightshas compiled them all in an interactive map of the world’s abortion laws.

Tool around CRR’s map of the world, and you’ll find countries coded red (abortion is banned except possibly to save the mother’s life), green (abortion is not restricted based on the justification behind the procedure), and shaded somewhere in-between (exceptions exist based on a woman’s health, age, or socioeconomic status). Click further and you’ll find that many countries have instituted abortion restrictions and exceptions rarely discussed in the United States.

From “About the Map”:

Since 1998, the Center for Reproductive Rights has producedThe World’s Abortion Laws map to visually compare the legal status of induced abortion in different countries-and to advocate for greater progress in ensuring access to safe and legal abortion services for all women worldwide.

The legal status of abortion is an important indicator of women’s ability to enjoy their reproductive rights. Legal restrictions on abortion often cause high levels of illegal and unsafe abortion, and there is a proven link between unsafe abortion and maternal mortality.

We offer this publication as a resource for human rights advocates working on abortion law reform-and as a means of both tracking progress and identifying the challenges that must still be overcome.


Countries worldwide are liberalizing their abortion laws

Between 1950 and 1985, nearly all industrialized countries-and several others-liberalized their abortion laws.  In 1994, 179 governments signed the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action, signalling their commitment to prevent unsafe abortion. Since this important milestone, more than 25 countries worldwide have liberalized their abortion laws-while only a handful have tightened legal restrictions on abortion.

Read more at “About the Map“.

To view the map: The World’s Abortion Laws: Home.

The World at Seven Billion: Global Milestone A Reflection of Individual Needs

From the Guttmacher Institute:

The World at Seven Billion: Global Milestone A Reflection of Individual Needs

Responding directly to individual people’s needs and desires to determine for themselves whether and when to have a child will contribute significantly toward their ability to lead healthier, more productive lives. In turn, these benefits for individuals and families accrue to their communities and to society at large. Ultimately, the impact would be felt at the global level. Meeting the stated desires of all women around the world to space or limit births would result in the world’s population peaking within the next few decades—and then actually starting to decline.

The References at page end are excellent.

The Guttmacher Institute continually produces reports of great importance to women. Another report, “Adding it up,”  first published in 2009 and updated in 2010, has more research findings as well as supporting documentation.  Also an amazing set of references.

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.

Protecting Life? New Bill Says Its OK to Let Women Die | RHRealityCheck.org

Protecting Life? New Bill Says Its OK to Let Women Die | RHRealityCheck.org.

One hundred members of Congress (so far) have cosponsored a bill introduced by far right Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) called the “Protect Life Act.”

They want to “protect life” so much that they have written into the bill a new amendment that would override the requirement that emergency room doctors save every patient, regardless of status or ability to pay.  The law would carve out an exception for pregnant women; doctors and hospitalswill be allowed to let pregnant women die if interventions to save them will kill the fetus.

Yesterday, according to a report by NARAL Pro-Choice America, lawmakers inserted the  new provision onto page six of H.R.358, a bill that is already jam-packed with misogynistic anti-choice and anti-woman provisions.

According to the Congressional Research Service, HR 358:

  1. Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. (Currently, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services and plans receiving federal funds must keep federal funds segregated from any funds for abortion services.)

I’m so disheartened by this and the previous post. Can we ride out this wave of insanity? You can read much more detail at RHRealityCheck.org: Protecting Life? New Bill Says Its OK to Let Women Die.

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