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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Victory for Women who need birth control

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

For our local Planned Parenthood in Wichita, as well as those in Kansas City, Monday was a big victory.
According to The Wichita Eagle, U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten issued a preliminary injunction that blocks Kansas from dropping all federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood.
Marten's ruling came weeks after a federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., temporarily stopped the state from imposing new licensing requirements on abortion providers.
Naturally local anti-abortion groups such as Operation Rescue are furious. They have worked for years to stop and close Planned Parenthood, both because it’s ties to abortion and it’s outlet for all birth control which OR and other similar groups consider as bad as abortion.
According to the Operation Rescuehomepage;
Yesterday’s filings state, “AAPLOG has members in Kansas who will be directly affected by the disposition of this lawsuit. Specifically, the reduced safety, less-than-ideal sanitary conditions, poorer accommodations and lack of follow-up care at abortion facilities in the absence of SB 36 inevitably exacerbates complications among post-abortive women, and shifts costs of abortions onto AAPLOG members who treat post-abortive women. In addition, AAPLOG members are put at a competitive disadvantage by the enjoining of SB 36: AAPLOG members provide costly follow-up care for their services while Plaintiffs often do not unless required by SB 36.”
OR has continued to promote the idea that Planned Parenthood is dirty, has substandard care and is just plain dangerous for women. Representatives for Planned Parenthood say the opposite.
According to Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America;
“It's a sweet victory, but we need your help with one more thing. For the next 60 days, HHS is accepting public comments on their ruling, as well as a proposal that would allow some religious employers to deny women access to this vital health care service. Can you take just a moment to post a comment? Tell them that you whole-heartedly support no-co-pay birth control and that all women, regardless of their employer or insurer, should have access to birth control if they want or need it.”

This, along with the President Barack Obama administration’s changes in women's health care: coverage of birth control as prevention medicine, with no co-pays,  has been a deep setback for the pro-life Republicans and their anti-poor-women agenda. As reported in The Wichita Eagle, this has been a great victory over those who want to force women into pregnancies. It’s not just abortion or women’s rights issue. It is also about proper health care.

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