Do you want this man to tell you what to do with your body?

Since apparently I can’t post this picture on the campus bulletin boards, I put it here for your viewing pleasure.

Please visit the Students for Choice table in Blake Hall on Thursday, October 30th, from 11:00 – 3:00 to learn which candidates support your right to choose. (Hint: not this guy.)

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If you don’t succeed, try, try again

South Dakota, after the failed abortion ban of two years ago, is at it again. Anti-choice legislators have put Measure 11 on the ballot: essentially the same bill with an important, but weak, concession to victims of rape and incest. In Measure 11, abortion is allowed in the case of incest and rape – but only if the victim identifies her attacker, a DNA test proves that it his child, and the abortion occurs before 20 weeks. Abortions would be allowed to protect the health of the mother, but only if the failure of a major organ is at stake. What does this mean? Women with breast cancer would not be allowed to pursue chemotherapy treatments because the chemo may cause a miscarriage (and technically, in breast cancer, a major organ is not at stake).

These minimal exceptions seem to have made a big difference in the polls: where the abortion ban was shot down by a good margin two years ago (56%-44%), preliminary polls are showing almost a dead heat this time around (44%-44%). But are these exceptions even viable?

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Let’s get a few things straight . . .


There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there regarding the Obama/Biden campaign and its views regarding women’s reproductive health (among other things, obviously. In case you were curious, Barack Obama was named after his Muslim grandfather and is a practicing Christian). The Obama for America website is very comprehensive when it comes to searching campaign policy (you should check it out), covering everything from taxes and technology to ethics and faith. Straight from the Blueprint for Change, the Obama/Biden campaign will:

Support a Woman’s Right to Choose:

Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.

Help Americans Learn How to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy:

Barack Obama is an original co-sponsor of legislation to expand access to contraception, health information and preventive services to help reduce unintended pregnancies. Introduced in January 2007, the Prevention First Act will increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education that teaches both abstinence and safe sex methods. The Act will also end insurance discrimination against contraception, improve awareness about emergency contraception, and provide compassionate assistance to rape victims.

Get Out The Vote Rally!

Join Senator Baucus*, Senator Tester, Lt. Governor Bohlinger, Linda McCulloch*, Monica Lindeen*, and Local Democratic Candidates to Rally the Vote!

Saturday, November 1st
1:00PM – 2:30PM
Hilton Garden Inn – Glacier Room
1840 Highway 93 South, Kalispell
Refreshments will be served.
Call 406.839.9500 or email to RSVP or ask questions. (Please note: this e-mail does not go to Students for Choice! This is to e-mail directly to the group organizing the rally.)

Hope to see you all there!

* Indicates that the candidate is endorsed for 2008 by NARAL Pro-Choice America or NARAL Pro-Choice Montana

Oh, sweet irony

Pro-choice and women’s rights groups are reaping the rewards for the GOP nomination of Governor Sarah Palin (that’s her to the left).  Governor Palin, who is not shy when speaking about her views on abortion, is a member of Feminists for Life – an anti-abortion women’s group that advertises with the slogan “Refuse to Choose”.  Palin does not support the option for abortion in cases of rape or incest.  How is she helping pro-choice groups?

Existing and new member of abortion rights groups are alarmed by the prospect of a GOP ticket in which both candidates – McCain and Palin – would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and the vice presidential nominee supports abstinence-based sex education and opposed abortion in all cases unless the life of the mother is at stake.  Abortion rights supporters are flooding pro-choice groups with donations and assistance with programs that will alert the public to the views of the McCain-Palin campaign.

Both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood have reported record-breaking fundraising for this election year.

Legal Abortion vs. Illegal Abortion: The Facts

Medical professionals know that legal abortion is safe.  Leading medical groups, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Medical Women’s Association all oppose lawmakers’ efforts to block women’s access to abortion care.  Learn more information from the fact sheet.

Regression

I believe that the abortion issue can never regress to a point where it would be made illegal again.  Too many women – and a lot of men – simply wouldn’t stand for it.  It’s too well accepted.  Too many women have had to use it in their times of need.  Too many women have discovered that their politics change when their situations change; and though they may have once thought abortion was wrong, they are persuaded to a pro-choice position when the need arises for them or a loved one to end an unwanted pregnancy.”
Why I Am An Abortion Doctor, Suzanne T. Poppema, M.D.

Ever since I overheard some of my mother’s friends quietly discussing what one among them could do to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, I’ve been concerned about a woman’s inability to have control over her own body.  I was about ten years old at that time – and the sense of concerned empathy expressed by these middle-class, small-town women in their late thirties stayed with me for the next fifty years.  When the right of choice to an abortion became the law of the land I felt relieved – no more “abortion mills”, self-imposed ruinous attempts, “back-alley” unsanitary, uncaring procedures, or safe choices for those with money.

And now there are those would again leave a woman with no safe choice.

I am now 71 years old and I’m crying out:  WE CAN’T GO BACK!
from In Our Own Words: Collected Recollections in honor of Roe v. Wade