Thursday, March 09, 2006

FYI/10th Carnival of Feminists

It's just about the week before spring break. Which means it's time for the crazy midterm stuff. Which is also why I've been so off-and-on for the last week or so.

So I'm on hiaitus until I get home for spring break, when I'll finally have time to do more than skim through other people's blogs.

In the meantime, the Tenth Carnival of Feminists is up at indianwriting.

Good stuff, it looks like. As always.
Eleventh will be up at angry for a reason on March 22. I promise I'll do some worthwhile blogging by then. For real.

Monday, March 06, 2006

SD abortion ban signed into law

I hate this man right now:

Today, at about 2pm, South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed the abortion ban into law.

It wasn't unexpected, but still no less disappointing.
It won't go into effect until July 1st, but a federal judge will probably issue an injunction on its enforcement until it goes through the court system. All the way to the Supreme Court. Which now most likely has enough anti-choice assholes to overturn Roe.

Oh, it's a bad day for women and their reproductive autonomy, or what was left of it. A bad, bad day.

Planned Parenthood's press release.
To donate to Planned Parenthood to help cover the costs of the lawsuit they'll be filing post-haste: go here.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

carnival pimping*

Second Radical Women of Color carnival is up.

Fantastic, as carnivals always are.

*Note: I use the word "pimping" in the reclaiming-the-word way, not in the objectifying-women-who-mostly-don't-have-a-choice-but-to-enter-into-prostitution way. Obviously.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

quick mini-roundup, pro-choice style

I definitely do not have time to blog about everything that needs blogging about, but a little baby pro-choice/anti-choice link dump:

1. Wal-Mart has agreed to sell EC at ALL of its pharmacies. Of course, it includes a bullshit "conscientious objection" clause, so that if assface pharmacists decide that they don't "believe" in dispensing EC, they can send the woman away. Which is bullshit, and especially a problem in most of the more rural parts of America, where that Wal Mart pharmacy might be the only one within a reasonable distance. But it's a start.
(The official concession on the WalMart website.)

2. South Dakota is now only one among many with proposed legislation that would criminalize and ban abortion.
State Sen. Jason Crowell proposed an abortion ban in Missouri this week.
State Rep. Steve Holland proposed an abortion ban in Mississippi this week as well.
(The South Dakota ban is still waiting to be signed by the governor...and I highly doubt he'll veto, so it's just a matter of time.)

3. In other anti-choice news, Tennessee is considering legislation that would require women to inform and receive consent from the person who owns the sperm that got her pregnant before she receives an abortion.
At least it's not an all-out ban. Yet.

4. There's legislation pending in my home state (New York) that seems almost sorta kinda like a good thing. The good is that it would allow pharmacies to dispense EC over-the-counter:
The amended legislation would allow pharmacists to dispense only a single dose at a time and only to women. Information about sexually transmitted diseases would also be made available and prescriptions could only be dispensed within the same county as the patient's residence. It does not set age limits.

However, the "same county" thing is shitty, because there are A TON of counties in NY state whose only pharmacy is Wal Mart, and even though Wal Mart did just concede and will carry EC, that's no guarantee that they'll actually dispense it OTC if women need it. And then they'd be shit out of luck, 'cause they can't leave the county (provided they had the resources to cross county lines to get the drug, that is, which is also a problematic assumption, but at least it'd be something).

5. The most frightening post amidst this recent rush of anti-choice legislation comes from Molly, in the form of a do-it-yourself abortion manual, based on techniques that Jane (an amazing Chicago-based group that provided [illegal] abortions in the pre-Roe days) used way back when. As unsafe as most illegal abortions were, Jane only lost one patient out of 13,000, which Molly points out is a lower rate than that of actually giving birth. While it's scary as hell that this information may soon be necessary in South Dakota (and Missouri, and Mississippi...), I'm really glad that the information is being made available. Because, legal or not, women will get abortions. Maybe if they have information like this, there'll be less unnecessary deaths because of this kind of anti-choice, and anti-woman, legislation.