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motherjones:

Chart o’ the day, “everything is terrible” edition. More here.

quickhits:

Texas Republicans learn that some spending cuts are just way too expensive.

Texas Tribune:

The fight to restore family planning financing that was cut from the Texas budget in the last legislative session has taken a turn toward primary care. Republican state senators have proposed adding $100 million to a state-run primary care program specifically for women’s health services, an effort that would help avoid a political fight over subsidizing specialty family planning clinics.

“It’s a much better way to treat the women because they don’t just have family planning issues,” said Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, a family physician who has advocated for increasing primary care services for women.

Using taxpayer dollars to finance family planning services has become politically thorny in Texas, largely because of Republican lawmakers’ assertions that the women’s health clinics providing that care were affiliated with abortion providers. In the fiscal crunch of 2011, the Legislature cut the state’s family planning budget by two-thirds, with some lawmakers claiming that they were defunding the “abortion industry.” Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that more than 50 family planning clinics closed statewide as a result of lost financing.

Now, amid estimates that the cuts could lead to 24,000 additional births in 2014-15 at a cost to taxpayers of $273 million, lawmakers are seeking a bipartisan solution to restore financing without ruffling feathers.

Of course, what’s actually happening here is that they’re looking at restoring family planning funding, but putting it under primary care services in hopes of keeping the anti-family planning religious nutjobs from noticing a retreat from their extremist position. After gutting Planned Parenthood funding, Texas is facing a public reproductive healthcare crisis — in the form of a wave of unplanned pregnancies. You really didn’t need a crystal ball to see that one coming. It’s obvious and it’s exactly what critics of the move predicted would happen.

But, in addition to showing how the GOP War on Women is boneheaded and wrong, it also shows that some spending is cheaper than the consequence of cutting that spending. It may cost a lot to keep a dam in good repair, but it’ll cost a lot more if the dam gives way. This is the same principle. You spend money now to make sure women have access to adequate reproductive health care or you pay later for the increased health spending and poverty that comes with unexpected pregnancies. I don’t care how many times you say, “But the Bible says…” you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Long story short, when a liberal talks about investing in America’s future, we’re not just spreading horse manure — we really do mean making investments in America’s future. You either deal with problems now or spend one helluva lot more money dealing with them later. And, of course, by dealing with it now, you avoid a whole lot of screwed up lives and futures.

Contrary to the rightwing stereotype, liberals aren’t about spending taxpayer money because of some hippy-dippy “Oooh, we gotta all love each other, baby” stuff. This is hardheaded realism. It’s the people who think we can cut everything and anything who are the head-in-the-clouds dreamers. Don’t want to pay taxes to support family planning? Sucks to be you, but you’re going to do it. Because this is America and in America we try do what’s in America’s best interests. I pay for nuclear weapons I hate, you can at least pay for some birth control. You’re not special.

If the Texas retreat from the extremist position teaches us anything, it’s that Republican claims to fiscal genius aren’t just ridiculous, they’re hilarious.

joshunda:

I’ll be reading from Get Out of My Crotch: 21 Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights/Reproductive Health, and a portion of the publisher’s proceeds will be given to Planned Parenthood. The local chapter will table the event, too, which I’m excited about. I’ll be talking about the War on Women in Texas and read short excerpts from my contribution to the anthology, “Grown Woman Swagger.”

We are witnessing the patriarchy’s last gasp, and it’s not going down without a fight. Using legislation, language, and women’s own silence, it seeks to return us to a time when choice and self-determination were not options.

In this collection, twenty-one fearless writers examine reproductive rights, access to health care, violence against women, and the rise of rape apologists in the twenty-first-century United States. Illuminating intersections of gender, class, and race, these stories speak to the challenges women routinely face, the attempts to undermine their rights, and the deliberate, systemic erosion of their agency and existence as equals. It’s time to revisit what’s at stake, what could still be lost, and why we must continually fight for equality and freedom for all.

Physically, I was the scrawny, bummy outsider on the block, but inside, I had the same defiance embodied by the dudes who hustled crack or coke whether they sweltered under the sun in long-sleeves or they hid their wares in baggy shorts. I would survive, no matter what the world tried to do to destroy me. Period.

Roe v. Wade and Grown Women | Big Book Lover

I’m reading from this piece at BookWoman in Austin on Feb. 28. Part of the proceeds for the book go to Planned Parenthood, which really needs support in Austin and in Texas. I’d love to see you there: http://cherrybombbooks.com/events/

(via joshunda)

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cognitivedissonance:

I have a soft spot for Dear Abby.
(h/t to Teabonics)

cognitivedissonance:

I have a soft spot for Dear Abby.

(h/t to Teabonics)

plannedparenthood:

State abortion laws 101. Learn more: http://bit.ly/XkvUom.

plannedparenthood:

November is National Adoption Month. Here are some of the most common questions we hear women ask when considering adoption.

plannedparenthood:

November is National Adoption Month. Here are some of the most common questions we hear women ask when considering adoption.

plannedparenthood:

We were deeply saddened to hear the news about Savita Halappanavar – a woman who died after being denied a life-saving abortion in Ireland. There are too many stories like Savita’s out there and many countries – other than Ireland – where abortion remains illegal.

Remember Savita and the importance of access to safe and legal abortion in the United States and around the world. Please share this in support.

darkjez:

BREAKING: The Ohio House Health Committee votes to DEFUND Planned Parenthood, 11-9. 

So many people are gonna suffer because of this.

This is just so wrong.

(via womanistgamergirl)

18mr:

coolchicksfromhistory:

Iraq War veteran and double amputee Tammy Duckworth, Representative Elect from Illinois.  She is the first Asian American woman elected to Congress from Illinois.

Representative-elect Tammy Duckworth also a badass. The end.

Go Tammy!!!

plannedparenthood:

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Many East Coast health centers are closed today. If you were planning to visit your local Planned Parenthood, please call ahead of time to see if they’re open.

plannedparenthood:

Everyone has a right to feel safe in a relationship. Learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

plannedparenthood:

Everyone has a right to feel safe in a relationship. Learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

plannedparenthood:

Planned Parenthood health centers are for guys, too. Here’s why you should pay us a visit.

plannedparenthood:

Planned Parenthood health centers are for guys, too. Here’s why you should pay us a visit.

plannedparenthood:


Someone asked us:

Dear Planned Parenthood- You guys rock. But why can’t my school teach responsibility instead of teaching abstinence? I just think it’s unrealistic. I mean we learn about STD’s and stuff… but I’d rather they teach us how to be street smart and safe instead of just telling us not to have sex. That doesn’t help me. Thank goodness I got you guys. And thank you so much for all the great advice you give.

No, Anonymous, you rock! Thanks for the Tumblr love. We’ll always be here for you!

We totally agree. By providing misinformation and withholding accurate information that young people need in order to make informed choices, abstinence-only programs deny young people life-saving information. Plus they don’t actually reduce unintended pregnancy and STD rates.

We think all young people deserve medically-accurate, age-appropriate, honest information about sex, sexuality, and safe and healthy relationships that can help them make responsible decisions. We think abstinence is a great option, but we also think young people deserve to know about other ways to protect themselves if and when they choose to have sex.

Because so many students don’t have access to comprehensive sexuality education, and because there’s so much misinformation about sex out there, we encourage teens to talk about this stuff with their parents. October is Let’s Talk Month, and we have a bunch of tools and tips for helping families talk. While talking  about sex might seem like a really challenging conversation, it’s actually easier than you think.

-Nathan at Planned Parenthood