Happy Vagina News Tuesday! We just passed the first anniversary of no co-pay contraception (thank you Obamacare) AND as of August 1, emergency contraception is available over-the-counter with no age restriction.

That means fewer unwanted pregnancies, which means fewer abortions. If you can’t get behind that, well I don’t even want to know you.

(Extra points if you caught the West Wing reference.)
Not sure about the new guidelines for emergency contraception products? Here’s the Emergency Contraception 101 infographic to guide you! (From http://ecotc.tumblr.com/Resources🙂
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I probably don’t have tell anyone here that last night was pretty great for vaginas.

Let’s get into the details.

  • For starters, the obvious. We have a pro-choice,
    pro-equality President for the next four years. We also have four Supreme Court
    justices well over the age of 70. (I predict we will see far fewer
    anti-abortion laws floated on the state level, because the pro-life movement’s
    hopes of one of those laws making it to the SC and being used to overturn
    Roe v. Wade just got turned upside-down.) http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/30/opinion/la-oe-chemerinsky-scotus-future-20121030
  • A record number of women will serve in the US Senate next
    term; 20, up from 17 this term, and more than double the number that served 15
    years ago. The new senators include the first openly gay woman (Tammy Baldwin,
    Wisconsin), the first female combat veteran (Tammy Duckworth, Illinois), and
    the first Asian-American woman (Mazie Hirono, Hawaii) to serve in the Senate.
  • All six female Senators who were running for reelection won; Maria Cantwell
    (Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar
    (Minn.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)
  • Female Senate candidacy broke records as well; Almost half of the 33 Senate
    races this year had serious female candidates, and in two races, both final
    candidates were female.

Thank you, San Francisco!

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (or CPCs) are faith-based, anti-choice non-profit organizations that pretend to be health service providers. They use false advertising (like “Pregnant? Scared? Alone? We can help!” billboards) to lure in women seeking information and referrals for reproductive health options like birth control and abortion, and then deliver medically inaccurate information and anti-choice propaganda.

San Francisco recently passed a ‘truth in advertising’ law
that forbids CPCs from misrepresenting their services. One of the affected CPCs
challenged the ordinance, and last week, a federal court rejected their
argument, making San Francisco the first US city to force CPCs to be honest
about what they do.

Similar truth-in-advertising laws have been passed in
Baltimore & Montgomery County, Maryland, Austin, and New York. Each been
struck down in the face of legal challenges.

http://jezebel.com/5948976/san-francisco-will-be-the-first-city-in-the-country-to-make-crisis-pregnancy-centers-tell-the-truth

Arizona v. Women – The Sequel

Remember the law in Arizona that allows a doctor to withhold information from a patient if the doctor believes it may lead the patient to choose to have a legal abortion? Here’s Part 2.

Pending legislation in Arizona would:



1 – Repeal the standing requirement that employers who cover
prescription medication also cover birth control.

2 – Require female employees
who want covered birth control to submit a claim proving that they need it for a medical
condition, rather than for contraception.

3 – Allow employers to fire a female employee if they
discover she is taking birth control for contraceptive purposes – even if she
purchases the medication outside the employer’s health plan.

(You have to look closely to find the firing part. It’s not
explicit – rather, they REMOVED the following language:

“A religious employer shall not discriminate against an
employee who independently chooses to obtain insurance coverage or
prescriptions for contraceptives from another source.”

See what that does?)

The AZ House passed it in March. The AZ Senate rejected it,
but scheduled a revote, which as far as I can tell is still pending.

To learn more, Google some combination of:

‘arizona’ ‘hb 2625’ ‘fire’ ‘birth control’